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.

We are pleased to announce that Mariko Chang, PhD will be the 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.

Want to know more? Here is what attendees had to say about the 2012 conference:

“This conference has been one of the most beneficial, helpful and informative experience I have had since I began my work in Financial Literacy Education. It was VERY well organized and the Agenda was engaging enough to keep me focused and flexible enough to allow for networking and breaks. Really and truly effective for me.”

“This was my first time and I found it to be very helpful and informative. I made great new contacts and learned cool and useful stuff!”

“Very good! My first time a lot of good info – personally and professionally! Keep up the excellent work!”

“This was my first CCC and I was quite impressed. My “idea pad” is quite full! I look forward to implementing some of their new ideas and hopefully bringing my site coordinator to CCC in 2014.”

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.