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Information on the America Saves 2015 National Savings Forum

The National Savings Forum is presented by the Consumer Federation of America, Aspen Institute, Initiative on Financial Security, Bank of America, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund, Credit Union National Association, Doorways to Dreams, CFED, Investment Company Institute, National Credit Union Foundation, New America, and the Pew Charitable Trusts

Information on the America Saves 2015 National Savings Forum


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Current Program


Breakfast & Networking

8:30am - 9:00am 


Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00am - 9:30am


Workplace Savings  

9:30am -10:45am


Workplace savings has been a focus of America Saves since the launch of the campaign over ten years ago.  There are compelling reasons for this.  Research from a variety of sources as well as information from individual savers shows that employers who offer direct deposit and facilitate automatic savings substantially improve the financial health and well being of their employees.  This panel will explore how employers are supporting successful saving with products and services that assist workplace saving for non-retirement goals, and promising innovations that provide the opportunity for young workers to create a life-long habit of saving in the workplace.



George Barany, Director of Financial Education

Consumer Federation of America



Tim Flacke, Executive Director

Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund


Leigh Brady, EVP, Organizational Development

State Employees’ Credit Union (NC)


Laura Scherler, Director of Income Capacity Building

United Way


Jacob Dumez, Manager, Policy and Partnerships

San Francisco Office of Financial Empowerment


Sarah Newcomb, Behavioral Researcher




10:45am - 11:00am


Homeownership Savings & Affordable Housing

11:00am - 12:15pm 


For more than 70 years, homeownership was considered the cornerstone of the American Dream. Not only did it provide a sense of accomplishment, self-esteem, and pride, it was the most substantial and reliable source of savings for the typical American family. Since the Great Recession and collapse of housing market, however, the value of owning a home has come into question, particularly within the public policy area. Yet, in spite of increased skepticism about the value of owning, the overwhelming majority of adults continue to view homeownership as a worthwhile goal.  This panel will discuss several aspects of the role that savings plays in owning a home and more specifically the Millenials’ view of homeownership. 



James H. Carr, Senior Fellow

Center for American Progress



Patricia A. McCoy, Liberty Mutual Insurance Professor

Boston College Law School


Marietta Rodriguez, Vice President, National Homeownership Programs



Andrew Downin, Innovation Director

Filene Research Institute

Gary Acosta, Co-Founder & CEO

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals


Don Graves, Executive Director of the President's Council on Jobs and Competitiveness

White House


Luncheon & Keynote

12:15pm - 1:30pm 



Honorable Thomas Curry, Comptroller

Comptroller of the Currency


Retirement Savings 

1:30pm - 2:45pm 


More and more Americans are challenged to effectively and efficiently save for retirement and have to navigate an increasingly complex financial services field.  The panel will discuss products, programs, policies, and services to meet these challenges, ones that are particularly difficult for low to moderate income households.  Panelists from government and the private sector will share their solutions for dealing with these complex issues.  The discussion will also focus on how to specifically encourage retirement savings by Millennials. 



Dallas Salisbury, President and CEO

Employee Benefit Research Institute



Melissa Koide, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Consumer Policy

U.S. Department of Treasury


Ida Rademacher, Executive Director, Initiative on Financial Security 

Aspen Institute


Courtney Eccles, Policy Director

Woodstock Institute


Bennett Kleinberg, Vice President

Prudential Retirement


Wrap-Up & Call to Action 

2:45pm - 3:00pm



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