On Jan. 19 and Jan. 21, GM Financial teamed up with the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation to give 30 interns a digital KEYS Financial Empowerment series presentation. The two-day training educated participants on good money habits, debt management and how to protect your credit – all topics that are covered in the company’s financial literacy program, KEYS® by GM Financial.
The 30 interns are currently attending universities from all over the U.S., including University of Houston, Florida A&M and Cornell. The first day of the training focused on budgeting basics geared toward college students. Participants had the opportunity to ask questions around their own circumstances, like how to build their savings while trying to stay on top of student loan debt.
“Introducing our Congressional interns to the KEYS Financial Empowerment series was a great way for them to better understand good money habits early in their career journeys,” said William Turner, Director, Congressional Black Caucus Leadership Institute. “This type of financial education is a key part of enhancing economic equity for Black communities.”
On the second day of the training, four GM Financial leaders sat on a panel to discuss their own experiences with budgeting. These leaders included Beverly Fells, VP Customer Experience Administration; Henry Austin, VP Servicing Administration; Michael Beste, SVP Research, Reporting and Analytics; and Michaela Bradshaw, Strategic Initiatives Manager. The panelists shared their unique perspectives around budgeting needs vs. wants, valuing and building credit, and financial missteps and solutions they’ve learned on their career journeys.
“The opportunity to share personal experiences in budgeting and finances with the CBCF interns as lessons learned created such great dialogue,” said Beverly Fells, VP Customer Experience Administration. “I am passionate about financial wellness and am excited to see our KEYS program reach wider audiences and the Black community.”
GM Financial has found creative ways to continue to deliver financial literacy education and training amid COVID-19 times, and remains steadfast in its commitment to broaden access to financial literacy resources to consumers across the country. Learn more by visiting KEYS® Online.