Panel Discussion on Financial Empowerment

Sunday, January 16, 2022
3:30 pm – 5:00 pm ET

Tysons Interfaith (TI) coalition members Lewinsville Presbyterian Church and Redeemer Lutheran Church of McLean are jointly sponsoring a series of virtual panel discussions on “Pathways Out of Poverty in Northern Virginia.” This second event of the series addresses financial empowerment.

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ABOUT THE EVENT. This Pathways panel discussion event examines one of the key barriers to escaping poverty in Northern Virginia: financial illiteracy, how poor borrowing practices and low credit scores limit the capacity of low-income residents to access everything from affordable housing and first-time home-owner mortgages to small business loans and consumer credit, and too often entrap many borrowers in a cycle of indebtedness from which they find it difficult to escape. The event will also illustrate how some organizations are transforming lives through financial mentoring and coaching to build money management skills.

The event features Anamarie Lusardi, Founder and Director of the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center at the George Washington University School of Business; Maria Jose Cantoni, Director of the Financial Empowerment Center in Fairfax County, a division of Britepaths, Inc.; and Donna Snyder-White, Vice President for Financial Empowerment at StandByMe (UnitedWay/Delaware). Irene Foster, Professor at the George Washington University, will moderate the discussions and facilitate attendee Q&A.

ABOUT THE SERIES.  The goal of the series is to understand the barriers – and to explore policies, programs, and individual actions that can help remove the barriers – to upward mobility facing our NOVA region’s low-income residents.  Other Pathways topics include:

  • Accessing Affordable Housing – October 2021
  • Free Community College Technical Training – March 2022
  • Expungement Of Misdemeanor Convictions – May 2022
  • Accessing Affordable Child Care – June 2022

Additional information about the panel discussions, ZOOM event links, and recordings of past sessions are available at:  or