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Securities chief helps spread word
about dangers of senior financial abuse

Leslie Van Buskirk, Administrator of the Department of Financial Institutions' Division of Securities, makes a point during a presentation on financial exploitation of senior citizens on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at the DeForest Area Community and Senior Center. Van Buskirk was a guest at a seminar sponsored by the 1st National Bank of Berlin. At left is Amy Vetrone, financial literacy coordinator at 1st National. Financial exploitation is the illegal or improper use of another person's money or property for personal profit or gain. It is the number one crime committed against people over age 65 and annually costs seniors an estimated $2.9 billion.

DFI Secretary participates in Governor's Small Business Summit

DFI Secretary Lon Roberts joined fellow Cabinet leaders in networking with small business owners from across the state on Monday, Sept. 19, at the Governor's Small Business Summit in Appleton. More than 200 business owners and local government leaders joined Governor Scott Walker, Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (shown above moderating) and Cabinet officials at the 6th annual event. Attendees had the opportunity to "Ask a Cabinet Secretary Anything," and attend breakout sessions relating to cyber security, developing their workforce, and working with local legislators and agencies. Governor Walker inaugurated the summit during his first year in office to create an opportunity for government leaders to hear directly from small business owners about what it takes to run a successful business in Wisconsin.

Registration is open for 6th annual
Financial Literacy Summit, Oct. 4 in Green Bay

MADISON - Registrations are now being accepted for the 6th annual Wisconsin Summit on Financial Literacy to be held Tuesday, Oct. 4, at Lambeau Field in Green Bay. The conference is geared toward supporting teachers, community outreach educators, and workplace professionals who have an interest in enhancing financial and economic literacy within their communities. The summit will give attendees the opportunity to access expert knowledge, free resources and agencies willing to support participants in achieving their goals.

The full press release may be found at www.wdfi.org/Newsroom/Press.

DFI hosts financial literacy discussion with legislators

Secretary Lon Roberts and DFI staff members recently hosted a meeting for several legislators to discuss DFI's efforts at promoting the importance of financial literacy. Attending the meeting were Reps. Dave Craig and Terry Katsma and Sen. Howard Marklein. Staff from the offices of Sens. Luther Olsen and Chris Kapenga also attended. Shown in the photo are, left to right, Cheryl Weiss, DFI Student Debt Specialist; Secretary Lon Roberts; Dave Mancl, Director of the Office of Financial Literacy; Rep. Katsma; Bill Wilcox, Chair of the Governor's Council on Financial Literacy; Soyeon Shim, Dean of UW's School of Human Ecology; Sen. Marklein; Rep. Craig; and Michael Collins, Director of UW's Center for Financial Security.

One interesting fact shared with the legislators was this: In 2010, 25% of Wisconsin high schools required a course in personal finance in order to graduate. As of 2015, that number had increased to 64%. This was accomplished, in part, by DFI's ongoing efforts to raise the awareness level of the importance of financial literacy training for K-12 students, our work with stakeholder groups who also share that vision, and the awarding of $750,000 in financial literacy grants to K-12 schools over the past five years.