Financial Boot Camp Provides Practical Advice to Women
It’s more important than ever to have a firm understanding of financial literacy. Bringing that education to Houston-area women who are gaining more positions of power in the workforce, the C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston partnered with Invesco to hold the third annual Financial Boot Camp for Women on Oct. 26.
The camp opened with Dean Latha Ramchand, Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Invesco Divisional Sales Director Janice Cellier. For Invesco, the one-day program is an important opportunity to communicate financial literacy to busy women, Cellier said.
“As the definition and composition of families has changed, so has the role of women within the household,” Cellier added. “It’s being more involved in money, investment decisions and financial planning.”
Dean Ramchand spoke about the importance of women in leadership roles and Mayor Parker’s influence on the city, attributing much of the city’s economic success to her.
“I’m very pleased that we have someone with us today who, in my mind, has accomplished a lot of things,” Ramchand said, referring to Mayor Parker. “A lot of what you’re seeing in Houston today, the credit for that goes to her.”
“We’re hot in terms of jobs, we’re one of the coolest cities in the country and our compensation is higher than the national average, but our cost of living is lower,” Ramchand added. “None of this would happen except for the fact that we have a great mayor and a woman at that.”
After the morning speakers, participants branched out into several breakouts including sessions on taxes and investment, topics that Diana Schrom, client support representative at Corda Investment Management, hopes will help her understand investment opportunities in real estate.
“I came out to today’s event for personal reasons, because I was thinking about investing in real estate,” Schrom said. “I wanted to know a little bit more how that might look with my overall financial situation. I thought both the presentations I went to were well worth my morning.”
By Ann Lynd
2013 Invesco Boot Camp for Women
Partnering with Invesco, the C. T. Bauer College of Business sought to tackle the issue of personal finance with the third annual Invesco Financial Boot Camp for Women, a one-day event to promote financial literacy for women in Houston on Oct. 26.