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President and CEO
Federal Reserve Bank
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Jason Alderman
Senior Director of Global Financial Education
Visa Inc.

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International Solutions to Improving Financial Literacy

Monday, April 23, 2012  ·  Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Visa Inc. co-hosted the sixth annual Financial Literacy and Education Summit on April 23, 2012. The program featured international financial literacy experts who addressed potential solutions to improving financial literacy for people of all ages. The Summit focused on how global government and financial education leaders, in collaboration with providers, can develop these solutions to positively impact global financial literacy efforts. View the video.

Oliver Jenkyn
Group Executive, North America
Visa Inc.
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What are international solutions to improving financial literacy?

Janet Bodnar, Moderator
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
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José Darío Uribe
Governor General
Banco de la República-Colombia
Head of Central Bank of Colombia
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Gail Hillebrand
Associate Director
Consumer Education and Engagement Division of the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
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James Rajotte
Standing Committee on Finance
Canadian Parliament
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Presentation of International Financial Literacy Research

Douglas Tillett, Moderator
Vice President, Public Affairs
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
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Janet Bodnar
Kiplinger's Personal Finance Magazine
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Caryn Kaiser
General Manager
Chase Blueprint, Chase Card Services
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William Walstad
John T. and Mable M. Hay Professor of Economics
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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  • 9:00 a.m.  Summit Panel 1 discussion begins
  • 11:00 a.m.  Panel 1 discussion concludes
  • 11:00 a.m.  Break
  • 2:00 p.m.  Summit Panel 2 discussion begins
  • 3:30 p.m.  Panel 2 discussion concludes
  • Given that countries have unique economic and structural challenges, how do we find solutions to common financial literacy issues?
  • What are the biggest challenges when it comes to improving financial literacy both domestically and internationally?
  • What are key international solutions to improving financial literacy levels for people of all ages?
  • What are the most effective international financial literacy solutions in place today?
  • What are the critical tools necessary to improve financial literacy?
  • How can we influence positive consumer behavior with regard to financial habits?
  • What are the financial education needs for those faced with long-term unemployment?
  • How can financial literacy levels be improved in the current economy given dramatic government and school budget cuts
  • How can government, NGOs, the private sector and educators work together to implement an effective, coordinated strategy for reaching consumers and equipping them with the necessary tools and resources to make wise financial decisions?
Who Attended
  • Economic and education government policymakers worldwide, including regulators and members of the legislative branch
  • Non-governmental organization (NGO) members
  • School administrators and educators interested in financial literacy and the global economy
  • Members of financial literacy and education advocacy organizations
  • International and regional economic organization members
  • Charitable foundations that support community and economic development
  • Academic professionals researching or developing financial literacy curricula
  • Journalists covering personal finance, economics, government and education