Written By: Rebecca Wiggins
Greetings from the national office! The trace of autumn air signals more than pumpkins and cooler weather ahead — it means the Experience AFCPE 2020 virtual symposium is just around the corner.
Each year, our symposium uniquely brings together professionals from all across the field, and the country. Students, researchers, educators, practitioners, service professionals, and field leaders convene to discover new ideas and research, dig into issues and bridge gaps, and above all – to be renewed by the incredible passion of our community.
Because of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have revamped our in-person symposium to a week-long, interactive virtual experience that you won’t want to miss! The week features exceptional keynote speakers who will discuss relevant topics like financial capability for survivors of intimate partner violence, research on the financial impacts of the pandemic, behavioral economics, and financial empathy solutions for our field. On top of that, we will have nearly 50 hours of session content to choose from, an innovation lab of cutting edge tools and resources, and the same great networking opportunities that make AFCPE a one-of-a-kind event.
We are so fortunate to be able to make all of this possible through the incredible generosity of our partners and this year’s funders: The USAA Educational Foundation, JP Morgan Chase, FINRA Investor Education Foundation, National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE), Zeiders Enterprises, Wells Fargo, Association for Military Banks of America (AMBA), America Saves, and Self Lender. Because of their generosity, AFCPE is able to deliver an incredible program and provide more scholarships than ever before!
What We’ve Been Doing
The pandemic has certainly turned our plans for 2020 on its head, creating new challenges and obstacles for many of us, and highlighting continual systemic inequality in our country. We have been busy, not only with the virtual symposium planning to make it a terrific event for you, but on several other initiatives like:
- Increasing awareness for the Virtual Financial Counseling/Coaching Initiative: https://www.yellowribbonnetwork.org/afcpecovid19
- Securing funding for increased Diversity, Equity, Inclusion training and content development
- NCCA re-accreditation application for the AFC(R) designation (this must be renewed every 5 years).
- Awarding the newest class of FINRA Foundation Military Spouse Fellows
- Launching a NEW Essentials professional development course for College Finance Essentials: https://www.afcpe.org/education-and-training/college-finance-essentials/
Don’t Miss This!
There has never been a better time to be a Member of AFCPE, with all of the new professional development opportunities, increased benefits and discounts, and the new AFCPE Connected Community message board. This platform allows you to connect with other members from across the country around different topics and issues that are important to you.
Have you listened to the new AFCPE Podcast yet? We have featured many of our AFCPE Members with episodes on topics like financial coaching, student loans, disaster preparedness, financial empathy, and building a private practice. Subscribe and leave us a comment to share your thoughts and ideas for upcoming episodes!