Experts to Cover Range of Topics from Paying for College to Understanding Credit Report
The C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston will host its Third Annual Financial Symposium on April 12, open to the public and offering free facilitated sessions and activities covering a range of financial topics, including money management, understanding a credit report, embedding personal finance into education and careers in finance.
Organized by the college’s Program for Financial Literacy, the event is part of a broader initiative to respond to a national need for financial education.
“Our mission these last three years is to increase financial literacy in the student body and the community,” said Bauer Finance Clinical Assistant Professor John Lopez, who teaches personal finance for the college. “There is a lot of need for these resources, specifically for students, not being offered other places. Bauer realizes this need, which is why we host this symposium.”
This year’s symposium theme is “Transform Yourself. Transform Your Wealth.”
“We greatly encourage all University of Houston students, not just business majors, to attend this event. Our goal is to help current students get their education in a timely fashion with as little debt as possible,” Bauer Undergraduate Business Programs Associate Dean Frank Kelley said. “Not only do we present the basics like understanding your credit score, but we have a career focus on finance and how to negotiate the peripherals of a job offer like vacation time and retirement plans.”
Integrity Bank CEO and founder Mack Neff will kick off the symposium during the morning preliminary session at 9 a.m. Neff has been a career community banker for 40 years and has been active in multiple banking and non-profit organizations. Two breakout sessions with three tracks each follow.
“The theme we picked, ‘Transform Yourself. Transform Your Wealth,’ is instrumental to what we want those who attend to take away from all the information we are providing,” Kelley said. “It’s the same as going on a diet and exercise regimen. You have to change the behaviors and make a commitment to that new lifestyle. The same is true with managing your finances effectively.”
The April 12 symposium is a free event open to all UH students and the Houston community. For more information and to RSVP, click here.
By Danielle Ponder