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The America Saves Summit: Attacking the Savings Crisis will feature prominent representatives from the government, private industry, financial services, academia, the military, the nonprofit sector, and the media for an in-depth conversation about the current status of saving in the United States. To meet the challenge presented by the savings crisis, diverse stakeholders will relay current efforts and planned strategies with an emphasis on what we can all do together to make a difference.
At the conclusion of the Summit, participants will be called to action to help reduce the number of Americans who find it difficult to save even $400 for an emergency.


8:30am Coffee & Light Breakfast

9:00am Welcome and Introduction
Jack Gillis, Executive Director, Consumer Federation of America | @ConsumerFed
George Barany, Director, America Saves | @AmericaSaves

9:15am Understanding the Savings Crisis
Rachel Schneider, Founder/CEO of Canary, Co-author of The Financial Diaries | @RachelSchneider

9:45am Saving Automatically Through Work – the Need and Opportunity

Introduction: Courtney Howard Hodapp, Head, Office of Nonprofit Engagement, JPMorgan Chase & Co. | @Chase

9:50am Panel I - Service Members, Spouses and Families

Jen Hemphill, AFC®, military spouse, author, and podcast host, Her Dinero Matters | @JenHemphilll

JJ Montanaro, CFP®, Relationship Director, Military Advocacy Group, Military Affairs, USAA | @USAA)
Andi Wrenn, AFC®, PFC Provider Network Program Manager, Zeiders Enterprises, Inc. | @ZeidersEnterprises

10:30am Panel II - Youth Employment Programs

Carla Decker, President & CEO, DC Federal Credit Union | @DCCreditUnion

Cathey Ector-Cox, Director of Youth Services, City of Raleigh | @RaleighGov
Tracy Frizzell, Director, Economic Awareness Council, City of Chicago | @OnTheMoney13

11:10am Panel III - Adult Employees

Deborah Winshel, Managing Director, Global Head Social Impact, BlackRock | @BlackRock

Jason Ewas, Director, Economic Mobility Lab, City of Boston | @CityofBoston
Tony Pietranton, Executive Vice President, Human Resources, WesBanco | @WesBanco
Susan Weinstock, Vice President, Financial Resilience Programming, AARP | @AARP

12:15pm Lunch

1:00pm Attacking the Savings Crisis

George Barany, Director, America Saves | @AmericaSaves

Kathy Kraninger, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau | @CFPBDirector
Mark Pearce, Director, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation | @FDICgov

2:00pm Changing How Americans Save in 2020

George Barany, Director, America Saves | @AmericaSaves

Christian Bohmfalk, Senior Vice President, Consumer Savings Executive, Bank of America, | @BankofAmerica
Harry Dalessio, Senior Vice President and Head of Prudential Retirement's Full Service Solutions | @Prudential
Donald Felix, Senior Vice President, Lead Financial Health, JPMorgan Chase & Co. | @Chase

3:00pm Attacking the Savings Crisis (continued)

George Barany, Director, America Saves | @AmericaSaves

The Honorable Rodney Hood, Board Chairman, National Credit Union Administration | @TheNCUA

3:20pm Influencing Americans to Save

Jim Lake, Vice President, Michael Walters Advertising | @MWAinChicago

Laura Harders, Founder, Beltway Bargain Mom | @BeltwayBargain
Sybil Jones, Founder, Mamas and Coffee | @MomJonz
Bianca Strzalkowski, Managing Editor, AmeriForce Media | @Ameriforce

4:20pm Motivating Automatic Saving - America Saves Week 2020

Luke Reynolds, Chief, Outreach and Program Development, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation | @FDICgov

4:30pm Call to Action

4:45pm Adjourn

Hotel Guide

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When is the Summit?
The Summit will be held on Wednesday, November 6, 2019.

What time is the Summit?
The Summit will begin at 8:30am and will conclude at 5:00pm.

Where is the Summit being held?
The Summit is being held in the Lankford Auditorium of the Public Welfare Foundation building at 1200 U Street NW.

What is the closest metro stop to the Summit?
The closest metro station to the Summit is the U St African-Amer Civil War Mem’l/Cardozo stop on the Green and Yellow lines. Once you exit the train, follow signs to the 13th Street station exit. Once you exit the station, the Public Welfare Foundation building will be on your right at the corner of 12th and U Streets.

How do I find more information about DC public transportation?
Please visit for more information about DC public transportation including train and bus schedules and a trip planner.

Will the Summit be live streamed?
The Summit will not be live streamed however portions of the conference content may be made available at the conclusion of the event at

Will there be food? What if I have dietary restrictions?
A light continental breakfast and coffee will be available beginning at 8:30am and lunch will be available at noon. Dietary restrictions can be submitted during the registration process.

Is there a hotel room block?
We are not reserving a block of rooms for this event. The Public Welfare Foundation is located in the Shaw neighborhood of Washington, D.C. For the economic traveler, we recommend using Hotwire, Expedia, or AirBnB. A list of hotels nearby can be found here.

What is the deadline for Summit registration?
Online registration will close on Friday, November 1. Onsite registration may be made available depending on capacity.

Is the Summit venue ADA accessible?
The Public Welfare Foundation is ADA accessible and other access services will be provided upon request. Please notify America Saves if other access services are required.

Will the Summit be live streamed?
Be sure to follow America Saves on social media and the hashtags #SavingsCrisis #SavingsCrisisSummit for updates and live streams from the America Saves Summit. We also look forward to interacting with you beyond the Summit and continuing the conversation around our mission - to encourage and motivate Americans to save effectively and successfully.


Online registration is now closed, on-site registration will be available at 8am on Wednesday Nov 6

Tip of the Day

  • Written by Katie Bryan | November 23, 2013

    Tip to #Save: Pay off Credit Cards as Soon as Possible. via @Bankrate

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#ImSavingFor Winner Story

Written by Lindsay Ferguson | June 13, 2019

America Saves awarded one lucky saver, Pedram R. from California, $750 for sharing his #ImSavingFor story. Pedram said, “Saving is important to me because it proves I am not willing to buy unnecessary things to please others or to be perceived as successful.”


Getting Out of Debt

Written by Katie Bryan | October 28, 2013

In 2004, Tonya Shelton was facing financial ruin. Barely making more than minimum wage and having lost her home to an unexpected family crisis, Shelton and her family were forced to live in a rundown hotel.


Saving With My Boys

Written by | September 2, 2019

When Kelly was a kid, she loved the picture book A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams. In the story, a little girl lives in an apartment with her mother and grandmother. The little girl’s mother is a waitress and sole provider for their family. Together the family saves money by putting their change in a giant jar every day. They are saving for a big cushy chair for the little girl’s hard-working mother. Together with patience and diligence, they buy the mother a very comfy chair.