'Women, Faith and Finance' seminar April 12 in Decorah

Area women of all ages are invited to learn more about financial management, retirement and estate planning, and charitable giving at the ninth annual "Women, Faith and Finance" seminar from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Friday, April 12.

The program, hosted by Luther College at the Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, is open to the public and coincides with Decorah's Women's Weekend Out.

Keynote speaker for the 2013 "Women, Faith and Finance" seminar will be Rachel McDonough, certified financial planner and author. Her presentation, "True Treasure: Giving, Saving, and Spending According to Your Calling," will share insights about finance and philanthropy. The first 75 women to register for the seminar receive a complimentary copy of McDonough's book of the same title.

The program also includes concurrent sessions led by area professionals on topics such as financial decision-making, recent tax changes, faith and giving, and family pre-need planning. 

The seminar will conclude with an interactive presentation by Christi Hegstad, Ph.D., president of MAP Professional Development Inc., titled "Dream Big, Start Small: Activate Your Money Goals Today."

Registration for the seminar 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. Deadline for registration is Thursday, April 4. 

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

Founder and owner of Make Your Money Count, LLC, based in Bloomington, Minn., McDonough combines her insight from years of living among some of the world’s poorest people in Kenya as the daughter of missionaries, with her professional experience as a financial advisor to offer a unique and refreshing perspective on money. She believes the best way she can help her clients be truly successful is by helping them make financial decisions that reflect their personal values. In addition to her keynote address, McDonough will also lead a session on the topic of faith and giving.

While in Decorah, McDonough will participate in book signing events at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at the Luther Book Shop and at 7 p.m. Friday, April 12, at Dragonfly Books in Decorah.

"Women, Faith and Finance" 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 Lucile Brickner Brown Price Endowment Fund is helping to underwrite the event.

For additional information contact Jeanie Lovell, program director, at [email protected].

Rachel McDonough will speak at the 'Women, Faith and Finance' lecture at Luther College on April 12.