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Experian underwrites first financial literacy educators conference
As one of the nation’s leading credit reporting companies, Experian® recently went back to the classroom to help meet the challenges of teaching personal finance in hard economic times. Given the current economic environment, financial literacy is now an important focus for our clients and a subject under close scrutiny by government agencies and regulators.

The occasion was the first Jump$tart National Educator Conference, held in November in Washington, D.C. The Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy is the nation’s leading advocate for youth financial literacy. Underwritten by Experian and several of our clients, the conference was developed in conjunction with the National Education Association (NEA) and drew more than 250 classroom teachers from 46 states.

Sheila C. Bair, FDIC Chair, delivered the keynote address, and Anna Bernanke, wife of Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and a longtime teacher, hosted the opening reception at the Federal Reserve Board of Governors. The extensive program included three different tracks of breakout sessions for teachers — all focused on teaching financial literacy in the classroom — and an exhibition room featuring educational resources by coalition partners from across the country.

The conference agenda included an exposition on credit reporting from Maxine Sweet,
Vice President of Public Education for Experian.

We invite our clients to look to Experian as the expert source for consumer information about credit reporting and credit scoring and to use our resources in talking to consumers about those subjects. We believe that when our industry helps consumers — our clients’ customers — better understand and manage their credit, they become better lending risks. In the end, that reduces our clients’ costs by lowering the risk of loss.

Sweet also writes Ask Experian, the credit industry’s only online consumer credit advice column. The column provides extensive information consumers can use to manage and protect their credit histories. View it in the Credit Report Advice section at http://www.experian.com/.


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