Women, Faith and Finance program April 13

March 28, 2012

Area women of all ages will have an opportunity to learn more about financial management, retirement and estate planning, and charitable giving at the eighth annual Women, Faith and Finance seminar on Friday, April 13.

Hosted by Luther College, the one-day educational seminar will be presented 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah. The program is open to the public.

Keynote speaker for the 2012 Women, Faith and Finance seminar will be Kathleen Rehl, Ph.D., award-winning author and certified financial planner. Her presentation, “Claiming Your Passion, Purpose, and Power to Make a Difference in Our Communities,” will focus on the increasingly important role of women’s philanthropy.   

The program will also include concurrent sessions led by area professionals on topics such as saving and spending wisely, Medicare and Senior Medicare Patrol, the current economy, and investing.  The seminar will conclude with a presentation about combatting identity theft led by David Smutzler, assistant chief of the Decorah Police Department, and Carol Jensen, vice president of Luana Savings Bank.

To register for Women, Faith and Finance, contact the Luther College Development Office, (563) 387-1862 or on-line at http://www.luther.edu/wff.  Registration forms are also available at the Decorah Area Chamber of Commerce. 

Deadline for registration is Thursday, April 5. 

Total cost is $25, which includes resource materials, continental breakfast and lunch.

Participants who sign up with a friend or family member will each save $5 off the registration fee.  In addition, the first 75 women to register will receive a complimentary copy of "The Generosity Plan:  Sharing Your Time, Treasure, and Talent to Shape the World," a $15 value.

For additional information, contact Jeanie Lovell, program director, at lovellje@luther.edu

Owner of Rehl Financial Advisors based in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, Rehl speaks about charitable and legacy planning, and is a leading authority on the subject of widows and financial planning. Her book, "Moving Forward on Your Own: A Financial Guidebook for Widows," written after her husband’s death, has received seven national awards.  From her personal grief experiences as a widow, Rehl’s life purpose evolved—helping other women (especially widows) to feel more secure, enlightened, and empowered about their financial matters.

The annual Women, Faith and Finance seminar is sponsored by Luther College and local partners, including Aase Haugen Homes, Canoe Ridge Lutheran Church, Decorah Lutheran Church, and Glenwood Lutheran Church.  Grant support from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans, the Arlin Falck Foundation, and the Winneshiek County Community Foundation is helping to underwrite the event.