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The Common Cents Conference™ is the premiere conference to address financial issues across the region of Maryland, Washington D.C., Virginia and West Virginia. This conference gives attendees an opportunity to learn about the financial problems facing residents and innovative program models to help residents achieve all their financial dreams. SAVE THE DATE: The 2014 conference will be held September 9th- 10th  at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. Presentations now available! Workshop PowerPoints available under Workshop Descriptions and Plenary PowerPoints under 2014 Conference Agenda.

Mariko Chang, PhD was our fabulous keynote speaker.  Ms. Chang, is the author of the new book, Shortchanged: Why Women Have Less Wealth and What Can Be Done About It.http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=marikochangco-20&l=as2&o=1&a=0195367693 She is the main author of the Spring 2010 report “Lifting As We Climb: Women of Color, Wealth, and America’s Future” and coauthor of the recent report, “At Rope’s End: Single Women Mothers, Wealth and Assets in the U.S.”  Dr. Chang has a PhD in Sociology from Stanford University and was an Associate Professor of Sociology at Harvard University from 1998 to 2007 where she published work on occupational sex segregation across countries, the use of social networks for gathering financial information and began her work on the gender wealth gap.

The Common Cents Conference is hosted by free tax preparation and asset building coalitions from Maryland, the District of Columbia, and Virginia. These coalitions conduct critical outreach to insure that low-income families receive the Earned Income Tax Credit, provide free or low-cost tax preparation, and connect families to appropriate financial services and education. These coalitions serve more than 40,000 residents each year.

Check out photos from the conference, courtesy of Jay Moore Photography:

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