September 21, 2001
NORTHAMPTON, Mass.-Vanessa Summers, author of "Get in the Game: The Girl's Guide to Money & Investing" (Bloomberg Press, 2001), will give a free public lecture at Smith College at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 25, in Neilson Library Browsing Room.
A registered investment adviser with the California Department of Corporations and a former fashion model, Summers is the 29-year-old founder of the Sutra Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating young women about personal financial management.
"Young women are one of the biggest media targets when it comes to consumerism," declares Summers. "[They] are bombarded by messages from fashion magazines, television ads and even the World Wide Web to 'spend, spend, spend.' It is my hope through the Sutra Foundation that young women will get the messages they need to invest and plan financially for their future."
Summers' talk is the first public event sponsored by "Women and Financial Independence: The Smith College Program in Financial Education," a comprehensive effort supported in part by Goldman, Sachs & Co. and established last spring to help Smith students take hold of their financial futures.