National Council on Economic Education: 2008 Visionary Awards Dinner To Honor Champions of Economic Empowerment

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NCEE Visionary Awards will be presented to John W. Rogers, Jr., Mary Schapiro, Julie Stav, and the Verizon Foundation. The Visionary Awards Dinner will be hosted by Craig Donohue, CEO of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange.

The National Council on Economic Education ( announced that it will honor John W. Rogers, Jr., Mary Schapiro and Julie Stav as champions of economic empowerment with the organization's Visionary Award at the 2008 NCEE Visionary Awards Dinner on October 30, 2008 in New York City.

Building on the NCEE's long heritage of leadership in economic and financial literacy, this year's award winners represent champions of economic empowerment in all it's many forms - from those who have raised awareness about the need for economic and financial literacy, to those who, having succeeded in their chosen field by using sound economic decision-making, have turned that success into good public works.

"Each successive year, we are thrilled to expand the roster of honorees," said Dr. Robert Duvall, President and CEO of NCEE. "By any measure, few fit the definition of 'Champion of Economic Empowerment' in as convincing a fashion as this year's remarkable honorees. Not only do they represent, in powerful ways why economics matters, they bring it to life on a daily basis, while inspiring others to follow their lead."


  • John W. Rogers, Jr.: Mr. Rogers is Founder, Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Capital Management, one of the largest African-American owned investment firms in the country, and creator of the first two mutual funds in the United States managed by African-Americans; and co-founder of the acclaimed Ariel Community Academy. Mr. Rogers' extraordinary resume is a testament to his visionary leadership in the worlds of business and public service.
  • Mary L. Chapiro: Ms. Chapiro is CEO of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), the largest non-governmental regulator for all securities firms doing business with the U.S. public. Ms. Chapiro also serves as Chairman of the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, the largest foundation in the U.S. dedicated to investor education. Ms. Chapiro was Chairman of the federal Commodity Futures Trading Commission, appointed by President Clinton in 1994.
  • Julie Stav: Ms. Stav has dedicated her career to the education and empowerment of millions of Americans. Ms. Stav is Co-Founder of Tu Dinero, the nation's first Spanish-language personal finance magazine for U.S. Hispanics, and a media personality who has empowered ordinary people with the skills to manage their personal financial planning through her acclaimed radio and television programs, DVD's and interactive Web site. In addition, Ms. Stav has authored two New York Times bestsellers, Get Your Share and Fund Your Future. Both have been developed into successful PBS specials on personal finance.
  • Verizon Foundation: The Verizon Foundation's mission is to improve education, literacy, family safety and healthcare by supporting Verizon's commitment to deliver technology that touches life. They focus their philanthropic efforts on three overarching areas: Education, Safety and Health, and Volunteerism, where they believe their technology can make the greatest impact.

The Verizon Foundation funds programs that address the heart of social issues such as literacy, technology education and domestic violence. They build partnerships to replicate their most successful programs in communities across the country. Since 2000, the Verizon Foundation has invested more than $400 million in the United States and around the world to help others. In 2007, they awarded more than $69.4 million in grants to charitable and nonprofit agencies serving the needs of diverse communities. Verizon employees donated more than 485,000 hours in 2007 as part of Verizon volunteers, one of the largest corporate volunteer incentive programs in the United States. is the cornerstone of the Verizon Foundation's literacy, education and technology initiatives. The goal is to improve student achievement in traditional classroom settings and beyond, by providing high-quality content and extensive professional development training through its interactive, multimedia Thinkfinity platform on the web. The NCEE is proud to deliver its EconEdLink program through the Thinkfinity site. Thanks to significant funding support from the Verizon Foundation, EconEdLink offers over 570 downloadable economic lesson plans for K-12 teachers and their students, which are accessed by over 100,000 teachers annually.

NCEE's 2008 Visionary Awards

Economics Matters. Our honorees and their life's work demonstrate, in powerful ways, why economics matters. In the current environment of economic volatility, it becomes ever more critical to shed light on the need for greater emphasis on economic and financial literacy in our nation's schools. Here is that opportunity.

The St. Regis Hotel
2 E. 55th St, New York City, NY

Thursday, October 30, 2008
Time: Cocktail Reception 6:30 pm followed by the Dinner Program at 7:30 pm


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