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Visionary Awards

Recap: 2020 Visionary Awards Virtual Benefit

Many thanks for those who attended and supported our 2020 Visionary Awards Benefit online featuring our wonderful emcee Steve Liesman, CNBC Senior Economics Reporter; and honoring Dr. Ben S. Bernanke, Former Chair of the Federal Reserve System; Kathleen A. Murphy, President, Personal Investing Fidelity Investments; and James R. Schenck, President & CEO, PenFed Credit Union.

We also celebrated high school teachers Joel Kirkhart, Queens High School for Language Studies; Rachel Kessous, Urban Assembly School for Law and Justice; and Alhassan Susso, International Community High School who received Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Awards.

Kathleen A. Murphy, an amazing woman in finance created a special video on why it is important for young people to understand money and economics. Watch Kathleen’s video below:

The online benefit raised $400,000. The money raised will help students gain the knowledge and skills to make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities, providing them with a path to economic stability and upward mobility.

Thank you to all our sponsors for their support and for everyone who attended. We are grateful.

POSTED: October 28, 2020 | BY: Tarnisha Smart

Visionary Awards Benefit Goes Virtual + Thank You Sponsors

Though we can’t meet in person this year, we’re pleased to host our annual fundraiser online and celebrate exceptional leaders this week on October 21 at 5:45 pm EST.

Join colleagues and friends to applaud the 2020 Visionary Award recipients and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champions, and enjoy networking opportunities with industry peers.

Raise a glass to inspiring allies in the drive for economic and financial education, all in support of CEE’s mission to foster knowledge in students so they can make better decisions for themselves, their families, and their communities.

Also, we’d like to thank all our sponsors for their generous support. Plus, a special shout out to Fidelity and Pen Fed for being a Champion Sponsor. Check out Pen Fed’s video below:

We hope you will join us.

Register here: https://www.councilforeconed.org/registration-form-visionary-awards-virtual-benefit-dinner/.

POSTED: October 19, 2020 | BY: Tarnisha Smart

See you at CEE’s 2020 Visionary Awards and Virtual Benefit! 🎉

During the cocktail hour that starts at 5:45 p.m. on October 21, you’ll learn how to prepare a brandy-based Fall in Central Park—a modern twist on the Classic Manhattan developed for CEE by celebrated NYC mixologist Schalk Pienaar.

The Fall in Central Park is a special time, and this fragrant drink beautifully captures the spirit of the season, and the warmth of an October sunset.


Fall in Central Park

Whether it was created for a banquet hosted by Churchill’s mother or a Broadway bartender, most historians agree the Manhattan was developed around 1860–1880 on its namesake isle. Initially having 6 or more components, this cocktail was streamlined and refined out of necessity during prohibition to its recognizable three ingredients: whiskey, vermouth, bitters.

Taking inspiration from fall flavors that pervade every October (If you can’t beat ’em, join ’em) we’ve put together a balanced and lightly spiced cocktail that will develop in complexity, evolving sip to sip.  Swapping in apple brandy makes our cocktail slightly warming while the apple ice balances the booziness and delivers over time the fruity foundation laid by the brandy. The cinnamon’s spicy tones a subtle and almost forgotten reminder of the season, rounded off by the black walnut bitters to ensure each sip, first to last, is one to remember.

Enough background, let’s drink…


·       A tumbler, any low glass that can contain a large ice-cube

·       Something to stir in, any container that will hold a handful of ice and allows easy pouring

·       A stirrer, no need for a dedicated bar stirrer – any left-over takeout chopstick will do just fine in a pinch

·       A tot measure, anything that will allow you to measure an ounce

Ingredients (makes 1, if you want 2 – double it)

·       2 oz apple brandy (my choice, Laird’s 12-year-old apple brandy or Corenlius Apple Jack, distilled in Hudson)

·       1 oz red vermouth (my choice, Carpano Antica Formula—though any will do)

·       2 dashes of Fee Brothers Black Walnut Bitters, though Angostura is just as good

·       1 apple cider ice cube, 1×1 inch or similar + regular ice for mixing

·       1 cinnamon stick


·       The night before, mix 2 parts apple cider and 1 part water, fill up an ice tray and freeze

·       Place a single apple ice cube in your tumbler

·       Combine in the stirring vessel of your choice: a handful of ice, the brandy, vermouth and bitters

·       Stir for 30 seconds before decanting into your glass, careful not to let ice fall into the glass

·       Drop in a cinnamon stick, with the appropriate level of flourish and vigor

·       Sip and reminisce the first time you remember walking through Central Park in the Fall

For lower alcohol, swap out apple brandy for apply cider or pear juice.

For zero alcohol, swap in apple juice, skip the vermouth & add a dash of lemon juice.

Cheers and “see” you at the virtual benefit!

POSTED: October 19, 2020 | BY: Tarnisha Smart

“Your support is making a difference” — Teacher Gabriel Tanglao

Gabriel Tanglao headshotHi, my name is Gabriel Tanglao, and I am the proud recipient of the 2017 Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Award presented by the Council for Economic Education (CEE) for excellence in promoting economic education.

I believe economics education is a vital stepping stone in the climb toward the American Dream. Our role as economics educators is to help these students move to higher ground.

By supporting CEE, you are helping to provide teachers, like me, with the tools and resources that we need to teach our kids about economics and personal finance, so that they can make better decisions for themselves, their family, their communities, and the country.

Please join me in supporting CEE by making a gift today.


Gabriel Tanglao
10-11th Grade Teacher
Bergen County Technical Schools, Teterboro

POSTED: December 14, 2017 | BY: CEE Staff | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

11th Annual Visionary Awards


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Last night, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) held its 11thth Annual Visionary Awards dinner hosting over 300 guests at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The evening showcased CEE’s mission, our impact to date, and honored leaders who promote economic and financial literacy. Emceed by CNBC’s senior economics reporter, Steve Liesman, the evening was a night of meaningful discussion and amiable conversation.

Four leaders who continue to advance our mission were honored with the Visionary Awards. The honorees were : Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post and Founder and CEO of Thrive Global; Richard Edelman, President and CEO of Edelman; Frank Bisignano, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of First Data Corporation; and Glenn Hubbard, Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School.


During the evening, attendees enjoyed a thought-provoking and entertaining fireside chat with the honorees moderated by Steve Liesman. The fireside chat addressed current topics such as the upcoming presidential election and income inequality. Most importantly, each individual provided their thoughts on how we as a country can provide our children with the resources and knowledge to realize their full potential and live lives of opportunity.




CEE also honored three exemplary New York Metropolitan area teachers with the Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Awards for their excellence in economic education. These teachers continually deliver this important content in and out of their classrooms and achieve results. This year’s winning teachers are: Theresa Fisher, Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield, CT; Jonathan Joseph, White Plains High School, White Plains, NY; and Gloria Schneider, SAR High School, Bronx, NY.


During the program, Steve also got everyone on their feet to test their economic smarts with questions for high school students from CEE’s National Economics Challenge. Answers were on the honor system, but at the end each guest understood how important these economic questions are to understanding and thriving in this complex and competitive world.



The evening raised a record $800,000 to support CEE’s programs and help us reach our goal to reach and teach every child in the United States to create a more informed citizenry capable of making better decisions as savers, investors, borrowers, voters, and participants in the global economy.

We would also like to thank those who attended, and to thank our sponsors who helped make this amazing event happen!














































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POSTED: October 27, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , ,

Natalie Zfat + CEE’s 11th Annual Visionary Awards

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We are delighted to announce our collaboration with Natalie Zfat, writer and entrepreneur. Natalie will be providing live coverage via our social media channels at the 11th Annual Visionary Awards dinner. She will be taking over our Twitter, Instagram and Facebook pages tomorrow, October 26th at 6 p.m.

Follow along as Natalie shares her experience at the Visionary Awards–where we will honor four leaders who promote economic and financial literacy to create a better-informed society. This year’s honorees include Arianna Huffington, Founder of The Huffington Post and Founder and CEO of Thrive Global; Richard Edelman, President and CEO of Edelman, the leading communications marketing firm, with 65 offices and 5,500 employees worldwide; Frank Bisignano, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of First Data Corporation; and Glenn Hubbard Dean and Russell L. Carson Professor of Finance and Economics at Columbia Business School.

Also, we will award the winners of the 4th annual Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Teaching Champion Awards, honoring three outstanding NYC metropolitan area teachers for excellence in economic education: Theresa Fisher, Ridgefield High School, Ridgefield, CT; Jonathan Joseph, White Plains High School, White Plains, NY; and Gloria Schneider, SAR High School, Bronx, NY.

Thank you, Natalie for your continued support of our mission and spreading word about the importance of personal finance and economic education.

POSTED: October 25, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , , , ,