The Ladder

A Blog from New America's Asset Building Program

The Greatest Asset Building Webinar of All Time

Published:  April 26, 2011

(Okay, that might be hyperbole. Or it might not.) Sometimes things that should be simple are instead incredibly complex.

Like getting a bank account, or saving a little of your paycheck or tax refund. Or, for instance, the sharing of best practices in local financial empowerment innovations by the people who have become leaders in the field.

Our program’s webinar today was not exactly simple to execute—450 registered participants, 200 active users within the webinar’s chat room, five speakers in different time zones—but neither is the field being addressed.

Speakers on the cutting edge in San Francisco, New York, the United States Treasury, and CFED gave the conference-sized audience a conference-sized helping of information, experiences, and insight about how to sustain program funding, keep local officials involved, and more.

Ida Rademacher from CFED started things off, speaking to the emerging strategies municipalities can use in their financial empowerment efforts. Cathie McMahon with the NY Office of Financial Empowerment gave an impressive rundown of the results from the Office’s $aveNYC pilot matched savings program. Leigh Phillips with the San Francisco OFE shared some of the most prudent lessons learned from her and Anne Stuhldreher’s incredibly informative paper about Bank On San Francisco. And Matt Phillips with the Treasury gave all the listeners an up-to-the-moment snapshot of where the US government is with its national efforts (which are based on these local successes and experiences).

All the speakers’ slides, as well as the full video, are available on the event page. And, unlike the bi-coastal, multi-locational, and Foundation-record-breaking live-streamed webinar hosted today, it’s super simple: Just click, listen, learn, and get busy!

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