Women of all ages, income and education levels are invited to enroll in the Women & Money Series to be offered on Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 PM, Sept. 5 through Oct. 17 at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library’s Marvin Auditorium. The series of classes is offered by Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc. (HCCI) in partnership with TSCPL. Presentations are designed for all women who want to know how to budget, manage their personal finances well, build assets, and strategically plan ahead to make wise investments and informed decisions about other life choices.
Enrollment fee is $25. Information about registration and enrollment fees at www.hcci-ks.org. HCCI offers scholarships to women who are having financial difficulties due to reduced income because of job loss or reduced hours or because of high medical debt or other circumstances. Fees cover the cost of two books and other handouts valued at $65. No one will be turned away if they cannot pay the enrollment fee.
The classes are sponsored in part by grants from the Office of the Kansas Securities Commissioner and The Women’s Fund and by other local sponsors. To enroll contact HCCI at 1-800-383-0217 x 319 or go to www.hcci-ks.org.
“Surveys show 70 percent of women are the sole decision makers about their family’s finances. These classes are so important and timely for women who are most often paying the bills and making major decisions for the family about monthly finances, insurance, investments and savings,” said Megan Stanek, of Housing and Credit Counseling, Inc.
Social Security research shows that the average women will live to age 80 and many will live much longer. This series of classes give women the tools they need right now to make good financial decisions and the skills and confidence to manage their future assets too.
The Women & Money Series was developed by HCCI with recommendations from a planning committee of women. Speakers are professional women who are experts in their fields of finance, education, law and family social services. Topics for the seven classes range from budgeting, banking and credit, to investments and retirement planning. Experts will address social security, investment options, and what to look for when choosing an investment planner, attorney and other professional advisers. Women attending will have the option to have an HCCI Counselor help them develop a personal budget and review their credit report at no charge. One class will focus on wills and on understanding documents that give powers of attorney for financial and healthcare decisions. Attorneys from the Kansas Securities Commissioner’s Office have been invited speak about investing and growing assets and they will talk about the differences between stocks, bonds, mutual funds, and other investment products.
HCCI will provide this session via webinar also. Call HCCI or log onto www.hcci-ks.org for more information on Women & Money webinar. Enrollment for the webinar is $25 and includes downloadable handouts for each class.