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Louisville’s Financial Empowerment Integration Fall Convening

September 30, 2015

On September 18, LEAD Staff returned to Louisville, Ky. to participate in the Workforce Development and Financial Empowerment Integration Fall Convening, hosted by Bank on Louisville. The meeting brought together 50 professionals (services providers, bankers, and community change agents) in a room surrounded by posters displaying individuals with disabilities who have improved their financial capability through the efforts of the Workforce Development and Financial Empowerment Integration workgroup. Several workgroup members were presented with plaques from Greg Fischer, Louisville Mayor, thanking them for their significant contributions and commitment to building a more inclusive community and improving the financial health of Louisvillians with disabilities.

At the event, LEAD Center’s Public Policy Co-Lead and NDI Executive Director, Michael Morris, discussed the national perspective on increasing and improving financial capability for people with disabilities and further integration of financial capability within targeted workforce development and other service delivery systems in Louisville. In addition to the LEAD Center, the convening featured presentations from the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) on regional perspectives on financial capability and from Tina Lentz, Louisville Metro Community Services and Bank On Louisville.

The event concluded with a roundtable discussion where LEAD Project Director, Rebecca Salon, and Assistant Project Director, Elizabeth Jennings, along with all attendees, were challenged to think about next steps to continue building a network of coordinated and integrated services to better meet the unique financial needs of people with disabilities, and provide them with the necessary tools and supports to build a more financially independent life and an even brighter economic future. The priorities set will become the framework for continued collaboration with the LEAD Center and add to the continued development of a blueprint for integrating workforce development and financial capability services to improve the economic advancement of individuals with disabilities.