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National Foundation for Credit Counseling Holding Annual Leaders Conference To Discuss Issues Impacting the American Consumer

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It can be argued that there has never been a more critical time to focus on the many economic hardships facing consumers today, and develop solutions to help them find financial stability.

As our country continues to struggle economically, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) is meeting in San Francisco September 19-21 to hear from industry leaders and address the many pressing issues confronting Americans. It can be argued that there has never been a more critical time to focus on the many economic hardships facing consumers today, and develop solutions to help them find financial stability.

This year’s conference blends a cohesive offering of economic insights, informative discussions on mortgage and credit industry trends, creative, thought-provoking funding source alternatives, as well as direction on how agencies can best leverage social media.

As the oldest and largest network of credit counseling agencies in the nation, the conference will also mark 60 years of NFCC Member Agencies providing the gold standard in credit counseling and financial education services.

This year’s event will bring together close to 200 agency executives, credit counselors, national leaders and stakeholders from around the country. Featured speakers and panels in San Francisco include:

  •     Susan C. Keating, NFCC president & CEO, delivering the State of the Credit Counseling Sector address;
  •     Richard Levick, founder of Levick Strategic Communications, discussing “The Digital Revolution: How Agencies Can Best Leverage Social Media to Reach More Clients;”
  •     Charles P. Blahous, public trustee for Social Security and Medicare, delivering remarks on “The Aging of America - Contrarian Thoughts on Retirement Security;”
  •     John Taylor, president and CEO, National Community Reinvestment Coalition, covering “The Future of Housing and Finance in Underserved Communities;”
  •     Ken Wade, formerly CEO of NeighborWorks America and currently Senior Community Affairs Executive for Bank of America, bringing his perspective regarding “Current Housing Conditions and the Future of Affordable Housing;”
  •     Jeff Faulkner, President of Ways to Work, providing an overview of "Drivers & Trends in the Nonprofit Human Services Sector;"
  •     Theo Schwabacher, senior vice president of The Schwabacher Group, Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, discussing “Looking Forward: The Outlook for the Bull or Bear Global Economy;”and
  •     Tim Gard, nationally recognized motivational speaker, demonstrating how to manage today’s intense stressors in both our professional and personal lives by “Changing the Game.”

In addition, there will be panels, workshops and presentations addressing the delivery of financial education as well as other important issues, providing agency representatives with the tools to better serve consumers.

The NFCC is thankful to the many sponsors who have generously supported the Annual Leaders Conference: Bank of America, Citi, Chase and WestGlen Communications at the Diamond level; BravePoint, HSBC and Visa as Gold Sponsors; and VantageScore as a Silver Sponsor.

Members of the media interested in attending the conference should contact Gail Cunningham at (202) 677-4355 (direct), or (240) 672-2700 (cell), or via email at gcunningham(at)nfcc(dot)org to obtain credentials and a conference program. Note: Some sessions are for NFCC Members only.

The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), founded in 1951, is the nation’s largest and longest serving national nonprofit credit counseling organization. The NFCC’s mission is to promote the national agenda for financially responsible behavior, and build capacity for its members to deliver the highest-quality financial education and counseling services. NFCC Members annually help more than three million consumers through close to 800 community-based offices nationwide. For free and affordable confidential advice through a reputable NFCC Member, call (800) 388-2227, (en Español (800) 682-9832) or visit Visit us on Facebook:, on Twitter:, on YouTube: and our blog:

Contact: Gail Cunningham
(202) 677-4355 – direct
(240) 672-2700 – cell


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