Women’s Philanthropy Board Spring Symposium featuring experts on ‘Navigating the Challenges in Today’s Economy’

AUBURN –The Women’s Philanthropy Board, in Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences, will present its seventh annual Spring Symposium on Monday, April 6, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center. At this year’s symposium on “Navigating the Challenges in Today’s Economy: Preserving Wealth and Pursuing Philanthropy,” business and government leaders will discuss financial and economic issues.

Speakers will include Gene L. Dodaro, acting comptroller general for the United States and head of the Government Accountability Office; David Altig, senior vice president and director of research for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; Burt White, managing director of research for LPL Financial; and U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, Leura Canary.

“This year’s focus on financial and economic issues reflects the Women’s Philanthropy Board’s commitment to providing educational activities supporting financial and philanthropic responsibility,” said June Henton, dean of Auburn University’s College of Human Sciences.

Dodaro, the symposium’s morning keynote speaker, has held a number of key positions during his 30-year career in the Government Accountability Office including that of chief operating officer, the agency’s number two leadership position. The GAO is an independent federal agency that provides fact-based, nonpartisan analysis of government programs and policies and is cited as “the investigative arm of Congress” and “the congressional watchdog.” The GAO supports the Congress in meeting its constitutional responsibilities and helps improve the performance and accountability of the federal government for the benefit of the American people.

Altig, the symposium’s luncheon keynote speaker, is advisor on monetary policy for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, oversees its research and public affairs departments and serves as a member of its management and discount committees. Altig also serves as an adjunct professor of economics in the graduate school of business at the University of Chicago and the Chinese Executive MBA program sponsored by the University of Minnesota and Lingnan College of Sun Yat-Sen University.

Other speakers for the event will include Dave Dennis, president of Specialty Contractors Inc. and three-time past chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New Orleans; Susan Moore, president of Moore Wealth Management; Keivan Deravi, professor of economics at Auburn University at Montgomery; Hank Walker, president and CEO of the Legacy Financial Group Inc.; and. Brenda Dozier, wealth management associate for the Legacy Financial Group Inc.

Helping to underwrite this event are Women’s Philanthropy Board corporate partners Alabama Power, Moore Wealth Management, Auburn University Office of Outreach, The Hotel at Auburn University and Dixon Conference Center, Citi Smith Barney, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama and The Flower Store.

Registration for the symposium is $85 and includes the 12:30 p.m. luncheon. Tables of 10 can be reserved for $850. Seating is limited and early registration is recommended. To register, contact Sidney James Nakhjavan, director of the Women’s Philanthropy Board, at (334) 844-9199 or wpbchs1@auburn.edu. Make checks payable to the Auburn University WPB for the Spring Symposium and mail to: Auburn University College of Human Sciences, Women’s Philanthropy Board, 210 Spidle Hall, Auburn, AL 36849.

Contact: Sidney James Nakhjavan, (334) 844-9199 (wpbchs1@auburn.edu), or
Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9999 (clardch@auburn.edu)