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Council for Economic Education Partners with WIT for Invest in Girls Financial Literacy Series

Updated: May 23, 2022

The Council for Economic Education has partnered with Women in Training, Inc. to provide a series of workshops and experiential learning opportunities for the WIT Young Leaders this summer. Under its Invest in Girls program, the Council will provide facilitators, curriculum material and other resources for the Financial Literacy series to benefit young high school women in Alabama’s River Region.

“This partnership with Women in Training reflects the Council for Economic Education’s commitment to give girls the tools and confidence to achieve their dreams,” said Nan J. Morrison, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Council for Economic Education.

WIT’s collaboration with the Council for Economic Education began more than a year ago during a lunchtime Zoom networking series for women leaders hosted by Charlotte Beyer, President, Principal Quest Foundation.

“This is exactly the kind of collaboration I hoped would come out of our virtual national gatherings,” Beyer said. “Women supporting other women and girls to provide innovative education and mentoring programs with a focus on gender equity and racial justice.”

Morrison and Adeyela Bennett, WIT Chief Executive Officer, happened to be in a small group break-out session during one of the Zoom meetings.

“I shared the vision of 14 year old WIT founders, Breanna and Brooke, of ending 'period poverty' by simply ending poverty,” Bennett said. “Our founders envision a global community where girls can live in full prosperity.”

Ms. Morrison immediately offered the Council for Economic Education’s resources to support the WIT vision to End Poverty. PERIOD!

The following leaders from Invest in Girls committed to manage and implement an interactive financial literacy workshop series for young women in the WIT Leadership Development Circle: Shannan Taylor, Development Director; Devon Mercurius, Director of New York & National Expansion Programs; and Cristina Medina, Manager of Western Region & National Expansion Programs. Wanda McAbee of the Alabama Council on Economic Education, arranged the daylong industry trip to explore Regions Bank operations in Birmingham.

The Alabama Department of Archives and History is generously providing meeting space for the financial literacy series in its beautiful, historic building. WIT is seeking a sponsor to provide lunch and refreshments.

Here are the workshop topics and dates:


Saturday, June 4, 2022; 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Facilitated by Cristina Medina

CFO 1: Let’s Talk About Money

CFO 2: You & Uncle Sam


Saturday, July 9, 2022; 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Facilitated by Cristina Medina

CFO 3: Budgets, Budgets, Budgets

CFO 4: Banking 101


Thursday, July 21, 2022: All Day

Facilitated by Wanda McAbee


Saturday, July 30, 2022: 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Facilitated by Devon Mercurius

CFO 5: Credit vs Debit

CFO 6: How Credit Scores Work

About Invest in Girls:

Only 12% of girls feel confident making personal financial decisions. Invest in Girls believes every girl should. IIG’s mission is to usher in the first generation of financially literate girls and increase the number of women working in the fields of finance, investment management, and financial services.

About Financial Foundations:

Invest in Girls offers a financial foundations curriculum tailored to teen girls so they can feel confident about money matters. Their introductory course, “Be the CFO of Your Life” teaches students the basics of personal finance including how to create a budget, use credit cards, and pay taxes. This course also introduces students to professional women role models who work in finance.

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