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Georgian Court Workshop Focuses on Women and Their Finances

Lakewood, N.J., Mar. 5, 2010—Women should be equipped with the knowledge they need to navigate money matters during challenging times, according to personal finance experts Kate Sweeney and Laurie Flynn, course leaders for GCU’s Financial Workshops for Women in Transition.

The two will lead “What I Wish I Would Have Known…Preparing for the Unexpected,” from 10:00 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 27, in the Casino Ballroom on GCU’s Lakewood campus. Ms. Sweeney, a certified financial planner, and Ms. Flynn, a financial planning specialist and vice president of wealth management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney, will discuss ways women can succeed as sole financial decision makers.

“This type of presentation is key to helping women understand the importance of their own financial plans,” says Maja Meighan, GCU’s director of planned giving, whose office is presenting the workshop through the McAuley Community Center at GCU.

For women facing divorce or dealing with the death of a spouse, tackling financial issues can be daunting, according to Ms. Sweeney and Ms. Flynn, who also taught the GCU course, “Six Steps to Creating a Portfolio Survival Kit.” In any situation, the experts say there are strategies women can use to effectively manage their money.

“Educating ourselves on the proactive steps we can take during good weather days prepares us for the unexpected steps that can come from out of the blue,” says Ms. Flynn, who also is a member of the GCU Planned Giving Advisory Council. “There are specific insulators that can be learned and practiced to soften any potential blows, whether they are in our personal circle or in any socioeconomic situation.”

Participants will discover what it means to have a clear understanding of their own personal tax bracket, and why it’s important to consolidate investments into a portfolio that can be easily reviewed. Attendees will also cover financial tasks, income needs, and diversification of assets.

The workshop is $39 per person, and reservations are required. To register, contact the Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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