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LAUREL, MD, April 02, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- April is Financial Literacy Month and a new study suggests the need for financial education in America is greater than ever especially among minorities.
The wealth gap between White and African-American families nearly tripled between 1984 and 2009 and government policy is largely to blame, according to a new study called "The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth Gap: Explaining the Black-White Economic Divide" conducted by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy.
"The findings of this study on the racial wealth gap should be a wake-up call to policy makers, elected officials, educators, and more importantly African-American families," said Wealth Coach and author Deborah Owens.
Owens is a thought leader and advocate for remedying the wealth disparities of women and minorities. She is the author of three books including the critically acclaimed, A Purse of Your Own: An Easy Guide to Financial Security, published by Simon and Schuster.
A 20-year Wall Street veteran and former vice president with Fidelity Investments, Owens is CEO of Owens Media LLC, and a contributor to CNN, ABC News Now, Shape, Cents Magazine, Black Enterprise and New Visions, New Voices, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded initiative aimed at bringing more diverse voices to public radio.
The wealth building strategies developed by Owens are featured in the April 2013 issue of Essence Magazine, and speak directly to the challenges facing African-Americans that were identified in the new study on the widening wealth gap.
Owens is available to discuss:
1. Findings of the new wealth gap study
2. Keys to closing the wealth gap
3. The attitudes and behaviors that lead to financial success
4. How to build wealth on any income
Deborah Owens is hailed as a leading thought leader and advocate for remedying the wealth disparities of women and minorities. Ms. Owens is a sought after speaker on the topic of wealth building; investing,
entrepreneurship and leadership. She is a Professor and lead course designer of Organizational Budgeting and Personal Finance for Bay Path College, an Ambassador for the College Savings Plans of Maryland and Alumni of the Greater Baltimore Leadership Committee. She holds a Master of Business Administration from Loyola University of Maryland.
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