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Women’s Financial Empowerment Summit

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training and Financial Fitness held a Women’s Financial Empowerment Summit at the Best Western Hotel on October 21, 2016

Women’s Enterprise Skills Training and Financial Fitness held a Women’s Financial Empowerment Summit at the Best Western Hotel on October 21, 2016

Rose Aquino Hurst, (Executive Director, W.E.S.T.) and Salimah Kassam, (Guest Speaker, United Way Calgary – Financial Empowerment Collaborative)
Salimah Kassam, (Guest Speaker, United Way Calgary – Financial Empowerment Collaborative) and Rose Anguiano Hurst, (Executive Director, W.E.S.T.)

It is central for women to set a course to realize a solid foundation for their financial preparedness and education is the fundamental passport that will guide women towards optimizing their financial needs.

According to Rose Anguiano Hurst W.E.S.T Executive Director, “W.E.S.T. assists women to become self-sufficient primarily by providing skills training and employment placements.  It is a natural fit for W.E.S.T. to partner with Financial Fitness Windsor Essex, an Industry Council and our Council of Women to explore opportunities for change.

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Bank of Montreal, Premier Event Sponsors from left: Karen Davidson, Ann Diab, and Tammy Faddoul.

Nicole Olsen, Program Coordinator for Financial Fitness states: “Financial Fitness worked as a collaborative partner with W.E.S.T. providing financial literacy and preparedness content, an environmental scan of the financial products and services available to women of Windsor Essex and acted as the coordinator of the Industry Council. We engaged Industry partners committed to addressing the financial issues faced by women and participated in bringing about a systemic change. The TD Bank, Royal Bank, Bank of Montreal, Scotiabank, Windsor Family Credit Union, Motor City Community Credit Union, KPMG and Hoyes Michalos collaborated on the project to create a dialogue addressing the needs of women in the financial services industry. Industry Council members will be using the Needs Assessment report to improve their products and services. The Industry Council invites non-profits, governments and businesses to join the conversation to bring women’s issues to the forefront.”

Feature photo: Members of Council of Women, Women’s Financial Empowerment Summit: Bridging the Divide in Windsor-Essex