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2014 Annual Awards Dinner

Thank you to all who joined us on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 to "Stand Up for Financial Literacy" at our Annual Awards Dinner at the Renaissance Washington, DC Hotel. Thank you to special guest emcee, Janet Bodnar of Kiplinger's Personal Finance and congratulations to all the honorees.

Read more about Ms. Bodnar and our 2014 honorees by clicking here.

2014 Honorees include:

Federal Leadership Awards:

Representative Steve Stivers (R-OH)

Richard Cordray, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

Odom Award:

Theodore R. Daniels, president and founder, Society for Financial Education and Professional Development

State Coalition of the Year:

Maine Jump$tart Coalition

Photos from the 2014 dinner are now available--enjoy!                                                                                                           

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At the dinner, Jump$tart historically recognizes one or two Federal Legislators of the Year—members of the U.S. House of Representatives or Senate who have demonstrated commitment and effectiveness in advancing financial literacy among American citizens and, especially, among our nation’s youth. (To see the criteria for the Federal Leadership award, please click here.) Previous honorees have included Senators Daniel K. Akaka (HI), Jon Corzine (NJ), Rick Santorum (PA), Michael Enzi (WY), Wayne Allard (CO), Robert Menendez (NJ),and Kay Hagan (NC) and U.S. Representatives David Dreier (CA), Judy Biggert (IL), Rubén Hinojosa (TX), Earl Pomeroy (ND) Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX), and Carolyn McCarthy (NY). In 2010, this award was expanded to include others in the Federal government and renamed—the Federal Leadership Award. The honorees have included Sheila Bair, FDIC Chairman, and Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education.

Additionally, Jump$tart presents the William E. Odom Visionary Leadership Award, named for Bill Odom, the former chairman of Ford Motor Credit Corporation, whose vision of financial education laid the groundwork for the creation of Jump$tart and Jump$tart’s State Coalition of the Year Award for exemplary work by one of Jump$tart’s state affiliate organizations. The 2013 Odom Award winner was Annamaria Lusardi, Ph.D., Denit Trust Distinguished Scholar in Economics and Accountancy at the George Washington University School of Business, and director of the Financial Literacy Center, a joint center of the RAND Corporation, Dartmouth College and the Wharton School.(To see the criteria for the Odom Award, please click here.)