2017 Keynote speaker: Michelle Singletary
Michelle Singletary is a nationally syndicated personal finance columnist for The Washington Post. Her column, "The Color of Money" is an award-winning column, which is now carried in about 100 newspapers across the country.
She is the author of three books, “The 21 Day Financial Fast: Your Path to Financial Peace and Free” “Spend Well, Live Rich: How to Live Well With the Money You Have” (Random House) and “Your Money and Your Man: How You and Prince Charming Can Spend Well and Live Rich” (Random House).
In January 2012, Singletary was part of the cast for “The Revolution,” a daytime program on ABC. She was the show’s financial expert and did regular money segments. For two years Singletary was host of her own national television program “Singletary Says” on TV One, owned by Radio One and Comcast.
In 2011, “Spend Well, Live Rich with Michelle Singletary,” premiered on the PBS station WNED-TV Buffalo/Toronto.
For several years, Singletary was a regular personal finance contributor for National Public Radio’s afternoon program “Day To Day.” She is also a frequent contributor to various NPR programs including American Public Media’s “Marketplace Money.” She has appeared on all three major networks, NBC, ABC and CBS. She has prepared personal finance segments for local and national news programs, and for a number of cable and nationally syndicated programs, including "Oprah,” NBC’s “Today Show,” “The Early Show on CBS,” CNN, MSNBC, "The View, and “Tavis Smiley” on PBS. She has also appeared on “Meet The Press.”
As part of her commitment to community service, Singletary volunteers as the director of “Prosperity Partners Ministry,” a financial program she founded at her church, First Baptist Church of Glenarden (FBCG), in which women and men, who handle their money well, volunteer to mentor others who are having financial challenges. As part this ministry, she also provides financial literacy education to prison inmates. At FBCG’s The Institutes Singletary and her husband, Kevin, teach a class called “Mastering Money In your Marriage.” In 2010, Singletary was named Ministry Leader of the Year at First Baptist Church of Glenarden, one of the largest churches in Prince George’s County, for her direction of Prosperity Partners and her prison volunteer work.
Singletary has written for the flagship “O, The Oprah Magazine.” For a time, she was the personal finance columnist for “O at Home” magazine. The quarterly magazine was a spinoff of the monthly “O, The Oprah Magazine.”
Singletary is currently the host of a popular weekly live online chat on the Post's Web site, washingtonpost.com. She also has a widely read weekly online newsletter distributed by The Washington Post. In her column, chats, newsletter, television show and books Singletary delivers advice on personal finance issues that range from lending your honey money (don’t do it), to raising money smart kids to the importance of saving and investing.
Just a year after starting her column, The Washington Post nominated it for a Pulitzer Prize. Her column won a prestigious award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Singletary is the recipient of numerous national awards. In 2015, she was the recipient of Generations United Media Award. Consumer Action awarded her its 2014 Consumer Excellence Award in the media/press category. In 2013, The National Foundation for Credit Counseling honored her with the organization’s Making the Difference Award for her significant contributions toward advancing financial education in America. In 2005 she won the Consumer Federation of America Betty Furness Consumer Media Service Award. She’s also was selected to receive the Distinguished Alumni Award from The Johns Hopkins University
She is a graduate of the University of Maryland at College Park, and Johns Hopkins University, where she earned a master's degree in business and management. Singletary and her husband reside in Maryland with their three children.
Honorary Chair: Connecticut State Treasurer Denise L. Nappier
Denise Lynn Nappier is the first African-American woman elected to serve as a State Treasurer in the United States and the first African-American woman elected to a statewide office in Connecticut. Now in her fifth term, Treasurer Nappier is also the only woman ever to be elected Treasurer in Connecticut history.
As Connecticut’s chief elected financial officer, Nappier oversees $64 billion in state funds, including the $32.4 billion Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds, a $24.7 billion debt portfolio and the Treasury’s $6.9 billion Short-term Investment Fund.
A strong advocate for expanding diversity within the financial services industry, Treasurer Nappier has an exceptional track record of doing business with Connecticut-based firms, women- and minority-owned firms, and the next generation of entrepreneurs and professionals.
Throughout her administration, Treasurer Nappier has served as a catalyst and advocate for financial education, working with the private sector and community and faith-based organizations. She was the driving force behind the annual Money Conference for Women and the Youth Financial Education Conference.
Changes implemented by Treasurer Nappier to the Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET), the state’s 529 college savings plan, have made it one of the nation’s most accessible and affordable college savings programs. Under her administration, CHET has grown from $18 million in assets in 1999 to more than $3.3 billion today. More than 46,000 beneficiaries have withdrawn $1.6 billion for college expenses.
Treasurer Nappier served five terms as Treasurer of the National Association of State Treasurers, and is a board member of the National Association of Corporate Directors, Connecticut Chapter -- the first public fund investor to serve in that capacity -- and the International Foundation for Electoral Systems.
The Hartford native previously served as Hartford City Treasurer for nearly ten years. She holds a B.A. from Virginia State University and a master’s degree from the University of Cincinnati.