Center for Financial Security

Center for Financial Security 2011 Webinar Series

Upcoming Webinar
2011 CFS Webinar Series: Tuesday, April 19th Webinar


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Future Webinars:

Financial Education--Is it Really About Cognitive Functioning?  

June 21st, 2011
2:00-3:00 EST

Presenter: Pam Herd
Discussants: To Be Named  


Understanding Attitudes of Disabled Populations about Savings and Financial Education    

Tuesday, April 19th

2:00-3:00 EST / 1:00-2:00 CST  


Katherine Dahlem, Abt. Associates, will discuss the findings from focus groups conducted in 2010 by CFS and Abt. Associates Inc, as part of the Financial Literacy Research Consortium.  These focus groups gathered information on how people with disabilities and their families address financial planning, understand SSA regulations, address employment, and interact with school systems.   In her presentation, Dahlem will detail the results which suggest that information about financial planning is vital to people with disabilities and caregivers to help them address financial and care needs.   



  • Katherine Anne Dahlem, Senior Associate, Abt. Associates Inc.
Katherine Anne Dahlem is a Senior Associate at Abt Associates with 19 years of experience working with federal agencies, local governments, and community organizations to develop, implement and monitor initiatives to help vulnerable populations achieve greater self-sufficiency and economic independence.  She has worked on initiatives throughout the United States focusing on financial education, outreach services for people with disabilities, job training/employment, and community health services.  Katherine has also conducted several trainings on leveraging community resources to strengthen human service, education, and economic support programs.  She previously served as a member of the Advisory Committee for Promoting Health and Social Services in Distressed Communities, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Child Welfare League of America.  In the summer of 2010, Katherine facilitated a series of focus groups on behalf of The Center for Financial Security to gather input from people impacted by disabilities on financial and estate planning.



  •     Karen Harris, Director, Asset Opportunities, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law

Karen K. Harris became the supervising attorney of the Shriver Center's Community Investment Unit in October 2008. She has advocated for the development of asset building policies and programs for low-income and minority communities, including an Illinois Task Force on Children's Savings Accounts, a statewide multi-entity public and private working group on improving financial education in Illinois schools, and a coalition to develop alternatives to payday loans by encouraging mainstream financial institutions to offer small dollar loan products. Karen has testified before the FDIC as well as written and presented on numerous asset building topics, and in 2009 she initiated a national webinar series on topics such as Universal Voluntary Retirement Accounts, Asset Building in the Disability Community, Integrating Asset Building into Domestic Violence Advocacy and Alternative Credit Reporting. A graduate of Princeton University and Harvard Law School, she worked in private law firms for over fourteen years in the area of health care law before coming to the Shriver Center.


If you are interested in learning about this topic, join us for a free webinar on Tuesday, April 19th from 2:00-3:00 EST/ 1:00-2:00 CST

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The Center for Financial Security in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Human Ecology (SoHE) was founded in 2008 and focuses on applied research that promotes individual and family financial security and informs public policy about financial issues on a local, state, and national level.  The Center is participating in the Social Security Administration's Financial Literacy Research Consortium (FLRC).  As a member of the FLRC, the Center conducts and disseminates applied research on financial literacy and consumer behavior with a focus on savings, borrowing and spending of special populations. For more on the CFS, go to   

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