Secretary of State Securities Division Hosts “Money Talks” Financial Literacy Program at North Georgia Schools

October 25th, 2023

Atlanta - Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s Securities Division hosted the “Money Talks” financial literacy program at University of North Georgia and Dalton State College. This program strongly supports the Securities Division’s goal to empower, educate, and encourage students in Georgia to be financially fit. The Money Talks panelists covered two days with three shows educating over 200 students at both schools, both which also live-streamed to their other campuses across Georgia.

“We're thrilled to be getting this message out to as many young Georgians as possible," said Secretary Raffensperger. "By learning these crucial financial management skills at a young age, these Georgians will unlock so many opportunities.”

Moderated by Atlanta radio personality Art Terrell, panelists Leanne Crayport, Senior Consultant at Deloitte Consulting; Ebony Francis, CEO, B.A., M.B.A., Accountant at AvestiCorp; and Sileta Bell, President of The Bell Consultants, led insightful and engaging conversations with the college students on practical money skills which includes, budgeting, saving, investing, maximizing income, credit and loans, retirement planning, entrepreneurship and starting a small business.

“Students are taking on new roles in the economy—choosing a college or career, getting their first job, and receiving their first paychecks. The Georgia Secretary of State is committed to financially empowering our students, equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to make good money decisions,” said Noula Zaharis, Division Director.

Free publications released by the Secretary of State Securities Division were provided for the students: Investor & Financial Literacy Guide, Strategies for Investing Wisely & Avoiding Financial Fraud, Starting Your Financial Future, Marriage and Money, Military Guide to Money and Investing, and the Invest Georgia Exemption Guide.

The Securities Division would like to extend a special thank you to Mary Gowan, Ph.D., Dean, Mike Cottrell College of Business at University of North Georgia; Marilyn M Helms, D.B.A., CFPIM, CIRM, CFSCP, CFLTD, CQM/OE, Dean, Wright School of Business and Sesquicentennial Chair and Professor of Logistics and Supply Chain Management at Dalton State College; and Patrick Ryle, Assistant Professor of Accounting at Dalton State College for giving us the opportunity to empower college students to be financially savvy.

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