WISER Highlights Women’s Retirement at 20th Anniversary Forum

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WISER Highlights Women’s Retirement at 20th Anniversary Forum

Maureen Kelly (left), Founder and President of the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund was presented a WISER HERO award by her son, actor Michael Kelly who stars in the series House of Cards. Also pictured: Cindy Hounsell, WISER President.

Maureen Kelly (left), Founder and President of the Thanks Mom & Dad Fund was presented a WISER HERO award by her son, actor Michael Kelly who stars in the series House of Cards. Also pictured: Cindy Hounsell, WISER President.

On September 20, 2016, the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISER) celebrated its 20th anniversary with a retirement forum focused on the problems and possibilities of the future of women’s retirement. Over its 20-year history, WISER has provided low- and moderate-income women with basic financial information aimed at helping them gain financial control over their lives and continues to advocate to increase awareness of the structural barriers that prevent women’s adequate participation in the nation’s retirement systems.

The forum presented an important opportunity to bring women’s retirement security risks to the forefront and to further the dialogue about the retirement challenges and the potential solutions that will help generations of women. Topics covered included coverage, cashing out, lifetime income, and financial capability. Event speakers represented a broad spectrum of government, industry, community organizations and financial services companies Transamerica, Franklin Templeton, MetLife, JPMorgan Chase & Co., and State Street Global Advisors. Keynote speakers included Senator Kent Conrad from the Bipartisan Policy Commission, and Robert L. Johnson, CEO of RLJ Companies and former CEO and Founder of Black Entertainment Television.

WISER also honored nine individuals with WISER HERO awards. These awards honor those who demonstrate a strong commitment to WISER’s core issues and who make a difference in securing the economic future of American women. To learn more about WISER and the HERO awards, visit wiserwomen.org

Robert L. Johnson, CEO of RLJ Companies and former CEO and Founder of Black Entertainment Television delivers a keynote presentation.  Johnson was also honored as a WISER HERO awardee for his advocacy for auto-portability, which can ensure that retirement savings automatically move with workers as they change jobs.

Robert L. Johnson, CEO of RLJ Companies and former CEO and Founder of Black Entertainment Television delivers a keynote presentation. Johnson was also honored as a WISER HERO awardee for his advocacy for auto-portability, which can ensure that retirement savings automatically move with workers as they change jobs.

Congratulations Women’s Institute For A Secure Retirement (WISER)!