U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo Joins Finance Festival Lineup

Presented by Ladies Get Paid and Public.com, the free, inaugural event series features conversations around investment opportunities and wealth creation to more than 7,000 women

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Ladies Get Paid, a professional community offering career, money, and business education for women, and Public.com, the investing social network, are pleased to announce U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo as the closing keynote for the inaugural Finance Festival: Women and Wealth.

The conference, which kicked off April 14 and runs through April 28, spans nine dedicated sessions with leading women executives from the investing community, with topics ranging from stock market and real estate investing to blockchain technology and cryptocurrency. To date, more than 7,000 women have registered for the free events.

Raimondo will participate in a fireside chat during a critical moment in time for American women who have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, women lost approximately 1 million more jobs than men as a result of the pandemic. Women of color, specifically Black women, were the hardest hit among all population groups.

“I am thrilled to join an empowered community of women to discuss how we are going to build back better – and more equitably – for women all across our country,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina M. Raimondo. “We’ve seen millions of women exit the workforce during the coronavirus pandemic – erasing years of progress. To tackle our challenges and create an economy where every woman can thrive, we need our voices at the decision-making table demanding policies that have been swept to the side for too long. I am honored to be a part of an Administration who recognizes that and am looking forward to discussing these key issues and how we can solve them with the women of Ladies Get Paid.”

“We’re thrilled and honored to have Secretary Raimondo join us for the closing night of the Finance Festival,” said Ashley Louise, Co-Founder & CEO of Ladies Get Paid. “The Secretary has had an incredibly inspiring career, and is now at the forefront of helping women recover from the devastating impacts of the pandemic. We’re so fortunate to be able to engage with her on these important issues like the administration’s recovery plans, why it’s critical for women to build long-term wealth, and how to overcome career challenges that are all too familiar to the thousands of women in our community.”

Raimondo joins the lineup at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 28. Tickets are free and open to the public. The Balance is the exclusive media partner and Lolli is a supporting partner of Finance Festival. Register for the keynote at Public.com/finance-festival.

*Finance Festival events are for educational purposes only and are not investment advice. See Public.com/disclosures/.

About Ladies Get Paid

Ladies Get Paid champions the professional and financial advancement of women. Through community and education, Ladies Get Paid empowers their over 90,000 members to advance in their careers, grow their wealth, and launch their own businesses. Ladies Get Paid the book, authored by Ladies Get Paid Founder Claire Wasserman, is a #1 Amazon Bestseller and a “beyond-practical and much-needed how-to-get-ahead road map for women” according to Booklist.

About Public.com

Public.com is the investing social network where members can own fractional shares of stocks and ETFs, follow popular creators, and share ideas within a community of investors. Public makes the stock market an inclusive and educational place, with social features that make it easy to collaborate as you build your confidence as an investor.

The company is headquartered in New York and has raised $310 million to date from investors including Accel, Greycroft, Lakestar, Will Smith’s Dreamers VC, business professor and entrepreneur Scott Galloway, Tony Hawk, The Chainsmokers’ Mantis VC, Alexa von Tobel’s Inspired Capital, GIRLBOSS author Sophia Amoruso, Adobe Chief Product Officer Scott Belsky, business executive Dick Parsons, Advancit Capital, YouTube legend Philip DeFranco, Blavity Inc. CEO and Founder Morgan Debaun, and Worklife VC.

Public is a member of FINRA and SIPC.


Mo Osborne, Bevel PR, mo@bevelpr.com
Victoria Chow, Public.com, victoriac@public.com

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