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Women’s Resource Center launches virtual financial empowerment programs – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

Women’s Resource Center launches virtual financial empowerment programs  Sarasota Herald-Tribune

As COVID-19 disrupts employment and financial security for countless community members, Women’s Resource Center (WRC) is expanding its commitment to women’s empowerment by offering three remote-based financial services programs to help women learn key strategies and skills to attain financial security.

These programs include “Ask A Banker,” which offers free one-on-one sessions virtually with Bank of America professionals. Appointments are available on the third Thursday of each month, 4-6 p.m. The “Money Empowerment Helpline” is a one-on-one, 45-minute video conference with a financial expert offered on Wednesday afternoons, 2-5 p.m. The initiative helps women gain financial security by building wealth, planning for the future, and navigating through a transition such as, divorce, death, a significant move, graduation, retirement, or inheritance. The cost is $10 per session. A free monthly webinar series called “Women’s Money Empowerment” is hosted by financial expert, Dr. Laura H. Mattia, who is the author of “Gender on Wall Street: Uncovering Opportunities for Women in Financial Services.” The webinars will be offered on the first Friday of each month, beginning May 1 at 1 p.m., with the first one titled “Financial Transitions: Money Empowerment During Uncertain Times.”

“Our goal is to ensure that we are assisting women with navigating these unchartered waters of the pandemic well equipped with the financial skills they need to deal with the current disruptions and to chart a stable future for themselves and their families,” explains WRC CEO Ashley Brown.

For more information, visit www.mywrc.org or call 941-256-9721.

— Submitted by Su Byron

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