Deborah Owens: Teaching Women Financial LiteracyMay 01, 2013
With just a month until my college graduation, I have been constantly reminding myself that I will be entering into the “real world.” No longer will I live rent free as a resident assistant. No longer will I be able to use my university points to buy household items. No longer will the diner be a hop, skip, and jump away — the real world! With this just around the corner, I have also come to realize that I haven’t exactly learned how to manage my money effectively for the amount of bills the real world will have to offer. Thankfully, 2013 Women of Distinction honoree Deborah Owens will lend some tips at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders that I will find more than helpful in the next stage of my life.
Owens is the CEO of Owens Media Group, a company that creates tools that teach women how to spend, save, and invest to build wealth. Owens Media Group develops financial literacy content for the web, television, radio, and for companies and organizations. Owens Media also produces Wealthy Radio, an hourlong personal finance talk show airing weekly on NPR affiliate WEAA-FM in Baltimore, and Wealthy Minute, nationally syndicated broadcasts that offer brief financial tips. With these programs, Owens Media has reached hundreds of women.
Owens has more than 20 years of experience in the financial service industry and is a former West Coast regional marketing manager, vice president, and financial consultant with Fidelity Investments. She has authored three books, including A Purse of Your Own, which also inspired the A Purse of Your Own campaign and online community with a goal to financially empower 1 million women. Currently, more than 1,000 women have signed up to start their own Purse Groups of women committed to support and hold each other accountable on their paths to financial security.
With all the pressures of graduation and stabilizing my financial security, knowing that there are women like Owens empowers me but more importantly gives me hope. I am truly inspired by her commitment and encouragement of pushing women to become financially literate and support each other along this journey. Moreover, I am excited to have the opportunity to hear her speak at the Women of Distinction Awards reception. I look forward to learning how she became financially stable and more tips on reaching that goal after college.
Don’t miss out on the chance to meet Owens at the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders 2013 on Thursday, May 30! Because financial stability isn’t a lesson that should be limited to only college students, we encourage anyone in the Washington, D.C., area to attend the ceremony. For NCCWSL attendees, it’s free. For everyone else, you can attend for only $35. I hope to see you there so we can all learn a tip or two about financial literacy together!
This post was written by AAUW Campus Leadership Programs Intern Nzinga Shury.