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May 2, 2006

Contact: Lois A. Vitt

ISFS Founding Director to Speak
at 2006 Conference of Montreal Event

Middleburg, Virginia

ISFS announced today that its Founding Director, Lois A. Vitt, Ph.D, will be speaking at this year's International Economic Forum of the Americas / Conference of Montreal held June 5-8 of this year in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Dr. Vitt, recognized authority on Financial Literacy education, will address the Conference on the topic "Financial Education in the U. S. Workplace: Trends and Benefits for Employers and Employees." During her talk, she will be sharing the results of two recent ISFS studies on the state of financial literacy in the United States - "Goodbye to Complacency," funded by the AARP, and "Personal Finance and the Rush to Competence," funded by the Fannie Mae Foundation.

Her presentation will be part of forum entitled "The Learning Culture in the Workplace: Concepts, Creations, and Consequences." The Forum is designed to address the following context:

"Employers and employees are increasingly recognizing the strategic value of learning programs in the workplace, but Canada still lags behind many OECD countries in terms of the amount of training provided by employers. Why create learning programs in the workplace? How can employers and unions collaborate to organize and implement successful learning programs? What are the potential benefits for the employer--and for the employee?"


The International Economic Forum of the Americas/Conference of Montréal has as its principal mission the promotion of wide-ranging and completely open discussion of the major international economic issues. It also aims at facilitating the creation of contacts between representatives of businesses, governments and international agencies as well as members of the academic world and civic society, thereby encouraging international exchanges.


The Institute for Socio-Financial Studies takes a cross-disciplinary approach to its research and education by illuminating the human and social concerns within finance and business. ISFS works in the areas of financial literacy education, health care financing, the finances of aging, employee workplace financial education, and investing in the environment, among other issues.

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