WASHINGTON — The U.S. Department of Labor’s Employee Benefits Security Administration will hold a free
retirement savings forum on Saturday, April 28, from 12:30-3:30 p.m. at Spelman College.
The forum, “African-Americans and Retirement: What You Should Know Before It’s Too Late” is hosted in
coordination with the Spelman Economics Department. It is open to the public.
“It is more important now than perhaps ever before that everyone has the tools needed to prepare for a
secure retirement,” said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Phyllis C. Borzi. “We are
delighted to have the opportunity to offer this event with such a renowned institution as Spelman, and know
that through their partnership, an important message is reaching workers and families in need of retirement
The forum will consist of two panels. The first will focus on what African Americans need to know when
making retirement investment decisions and how to avoid becoming a victim of financial abuse. The second
will be a discussion of how women can overcome the unique challenges they face when saving for retirement.
M. Alexis Scott, publisher of the Atlanta Daily World, will moderate the forum, which will feature panel
discussions and remarks by Borzi; Naomi Karp, policy analyst, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Office
for Older Americans; Dorothy Brown, professor of law, Emory University; Vickie Elisa, director of community
education (Atlanta), Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement; and Brian Smiley, partner, Smiley Bishop &
Porter LLP and director, Public Investors Arbitration Bar Association.
Space is limited to the first 150 registrants. Members of the public who wish to attend must notify Meredith
Regine at firstname.lastname@example.org in advance. The forum will be in the Albro-Falconer-Manley Science
Center, Room 134, 350 Spelman Lane, Atlanta, Ga. 30314.