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Larry Kantor, Chet Ragavan and Phil Wharton Named New Board Members at Council for Economic Education

We are delighted to announce that the Council for Economic Education has just added three new board members: Larry Kantor, Chet Ragavan and Phil Wharton.

“We are excited to have Larry, Chet and Phil join CEE’s board,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEE’s President and CEO. “These individuals bring a depth and range of experience in the financial arena that will serve our board and CEE’s mission well. They are dedicated to our vision to see that all our children have the knowledge to make better decisions as savers, investors, borrowers, voters, and active participants in the global economy.”

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Larry Kantor, a 2016 Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University, retired from Barclays in 2015 as Managing Director and Head of Global Research. Kantor was also a member of the Executive Committee that set the strategy for the Investment Bank. Prior to Barclays, he held positions at JP Morgan Chase, Normandy Asset Management, the Federal Reserve Board and Lehigh University. Kantor has made many appearances in the media, including on CNBC, Bloomberg TV and radio, The Nightly Business Report and CBS Evening News. 

Chet Ragavan

Chet Ragavan serves as executive vice president and chief risk officer for Voya Financial. He is responsible for overseeing the enterprise-wide and business-level risk monitoring and management program for the organization. His responsibilities include managing the framework for measuring, controlling, hedging and pricing risk, as well as compliance with all global financial reporting standards for the company.

Ragavan joined ING U.S. Investment Management (ING U.S. IM) in April 2008 as chief risk officer. Prior to joining the company, he served as managing director, co-head of the Portfolio Analytics Group for BlackRock Solutions following its merger with Merrill Lynch Investment Managers. He began his career at Merrill Lynch in 1980 and has held a number of senior investment and risk management positions within its various subsidiaries.

Ragavan has a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in management science from Madurai University, and a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Madras, both in India. He also earned a Master of Science degree in computer science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst® designation.

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Phil Wharton serves as Executive Vice President for Residential Development at RXR Realty. Wharton joined RXR in December 2014 and oversees the residential development activities at RXR. Prior to joining RXR, he had worked at Brookfield Property Group as Senior Vice President for Development. In this role, Wharton oversaw all strategic initiatives pertaining to Brookfield’s 10-million-square-foot U.S. development pipeline, including the Manhattan West project on Manhattan’s West Side.

Prior to that, Wharton worked at AvalonBay Communities, a $10 billion equity cap real estate investment trust specializing in luxury multifamily development projects across the US. Wharton was on the Board of Trustees of the Bronx Preparatory Charter School for ten years.

Wharton holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard College and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.

For media inquiries:

April Somboun, Director of Marketing
Council for Economic Education
asomboun@councilforeconed.org
212-730-6727

POSTED: February 23, 2017 | BY: April Somboun | TAGS: , , , , ,

New Resource! Personal Finance Printables for Grades K-5

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We are excited to announce a new product in our store: Personal Finance Printables for Grades K-5. This is a great spiral bound resource for elementary teachers that contains one-page printable handouts reinforcing concepts such as saving, spending, needs, wants, budgets and more to complement in-class lessons or for students to bring the learning home.

The resource is organized by concept and grade level. You can easily select the activities to help even the youngest students acquire the tools to live a life of opportunity.

Purchase your copy today: www.councilforeconed.org/printables

Prices:

  • Hard copy: $12.99
  • eBook: $8.00
  • Hard copy + eBook: $15.00

 

POSTED: December 1, 2016 | BY: April Somboun | 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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: , , , , , , ,