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Annual Kick-Off Lecture for Entrepreneurial Activities
New Women on the Startup Block: Entrepreneurship @Smith

with Debby A. Farrington ‘72
General Partner and Co-Founder, StarVest Partners
Judge, Draper Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs Competition

Wednesday, October 14, 2015
4:30-6p, Neilson Library Browsing Room

Are you a budding entrepreneur? Do you dream of launching your own startup? Then you are at the right place at the right time! Forbes magazine has recognized Smith College as one of the top 20 colleges in the nation that nurtures innovative and entrepreneurial potential amongst its student body. Join the Center for Women and Financial Independence and alumna Debby Farrington ’72, founder and general partner of StarVest Partners, a New York City-based venture capital firm, as we kick off another activity-filled year designed to ignite your entrepreneurial passion. Of course, all activities will culminate with the 4th Annual Draper Collegiate Women Entrepreneurs Competition on April 18, 2016. Students from all majors welcome!



A personal finance conference

keynote address by MICHELLE SINGLETARY
Washington Post syndicated columnist

Friday, October 30, 2015
12p, Campus Center Carroll Room

It is often hard to accept, and even harder to admit, that we do not know or are not good at, “something.” Better to just keep quiet and carry on, right? We all know the answer to that is “no.”

It is a resounding NO! if that “something” is managing your money.

The fact is learning about personal finance is a lifelong endeavor. And the Center for Women and Financial Independence is committed to helping all members of the Smith College community learn to finance the life you want to live.

Join WFI for a half-day conference, “Getting Back on Your Financial Track,” featuring Michelle Singletary on Friday afternoon, October 30 in the Campus Center Carroll Room. With more than 20 years experience writing a nationally-syndicated personal finance column for The Washington Post, Ms. Singletary will provide you with an understanding of personal finance that will help you take control over your money.

Concurrent Workshops

Friday, October 30, 2015
1:30p, Campus Center Carroll Room

(Re)Building Credit

with Pam Hannah, Branch Manager
UMassFive College Federal Credit Union

Paying Down Debt

Cait Moore, Manager of Member Outreach
UMassFive College Federal Credit Union. She is responsible for member development. She also guides the Credit Union’s Financial Literacy program, and community outreach initiatives. Ms. Moore received her BA in Communication at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2010, and has been working for UMassFive since March of 2009.

Managing Student Loans

David Belanger is Smith's current Director of Student Financial Services.  He has been at Smith for 12 years.  Serving as Associate Director for 5 years and Director for the last 7.  Before that he held the position of Assistant Director of Financial Aid at both Dartmouth College and Plymouth State University.  He can be seen regularly walking around campus with his golden retriever - Daisy.

Julie Shields-Rutyna is Director of College Planning at MEFA, the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority.  She provides expertise related to saving, planning and paying for college to families, colleges, and other organizations.  Prior to this, Julie worked for the College Board, Nellie Mae, American Express, and was Director of Financial Aid at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.  Julie has been involved with the Massachusetts Association of Financial Aid Administrators in a variety of positions and committees since 1993, including FAFSA Day, the College Goal Sunday program in Massachusetts. She holds degrees from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst and the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge

To attend one of the workshops, please REGISTER HERE.











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