For Immediate Release - August 22, 2016

Treasurer Goldberg Announces Women’s Economic Empowerment Series in Quincy and Newton

Today Treasurer Goldberg announced that Newton and Quincy will serve as the pilot communities for the Treasury’s inaugural Women’s Economic Empowerment Series. This new initiative, launched in collaboration with Citizens Bank, is a free four-week program focusing on wage negotiation, money management, retirement and investment strategies.

“We are excited to start our first Women’s Economic Empowerment Series in Quincy and Newton,” said Treasurer Deb Goldberg. “This Program will provide critical information that will give women the skills they need to be successful in today’s economy.”

“At Citizens Bank, investing in financial empowerment has always been a part of who we are as a company. Learning how to manage money is the first step individuals can take in achieving their financial goals,” said Jerry Sargent, President, Citizens Bank, Massachusetts. “We are proud to support the Women’s Economic Empowerment Series and provide women with the tools they need to budget, save, invest and be fiscally healthy.”

For this new initiative, the Treasurer’s Office of Economic Empowerment will engage with local businesses, regional Chambers of Commerce, and area non-profits to promote awareness to both employers and employees. The program, based on the recommendations from Treasurer Goldberg’s 2015 Financial Literacy Task Force Report, will target women of all ages, ethnicities, economic backgrounds and levels of fiscal knowledge.

 “Thank you to Treasurer Goldberg for providing leadership on this important issue,” said Quincy Mayor Thomas Koch. “I am honored the Women’s Economic Empowerment Series will kick off in our great City of Quincy, home of First Lady Abigail Adams and the many other powerful and influential women who have called Quincy their home.”

“We are very excited that Newton has been identified as one of the hosts for the first Women’s Economic Empowerment Series,” said Newton Mayor Setti Warren. “Here in Newton, we are focused on programs targeting income inequality and economic mobility, so having one round of this Series hosted here is an excellent reflection of our priorities and current efforts. We are proud to be working with State Treasurer Deb Goldberg on this important topic.”

The first round of the Women’s Economic Empowerment Series will be held at Eastern Nazarene College’s Quincy Center for Innovation beginning on Thursday, September 29, 2016 and will last for 4 weeks. The second round of the series will be held at Boston College Law School in Newton beginning on Thursday, October 27, 2016 and will also last for 4 weeks.

For more specifics on the event details, programmatic content, and to register please visit the program’s site HERE.

Treasurer Goldberg created the Office of Economic Empowerment (OEE), led by a deputy treasurer, with the deliberate goal of implementing a range of economic empowerment initiatives, including closing the gender wage gap, increasing access to financial education, improving college affordability, and investing in STEM careers and education. For more information on the Office of Economic Empowerment visit or follow the hashtag #EmpowermentMA.