Aspen Institute Webinar Series to Focus on the Financial Implications of COVID-19 on Households

April 13, 2020

First webinar takes place April 15 with Aspen Institute experts Ida Rademacher and Joanna Smith-Ramani discussing household financial security in 2020 

Contact: Jon Purves
Senior Media Relations Manager
The Aspen Institute

Elizabeth Vivirito
Director of Communications
Financial Security Program, The Aspen Institute

Washington, DC, April 13 —  The Financial Security Program at the Aspen Institute will host a new webinar series, Conversations in Financial Security in Response to COVID-19, that will explore why addressing key household financial challenges is needed to make an equitable economic recovery. Beginning April 15, the first webinar will take place each Wednesday (except for April 22) at 1pm ET, featuring Aspen Institute experts and invited guests.

The health crisis of COVID-19 and subsequent effects on the U.S. economy have propelled to the spotlight the issue of financial security at the household level. Issues like paid leave, dependent care, housing instability, student loan debt, and debt collections were challenges to tens of millions of families across America long before the pandemic emerged – and if key changes aren’t made, they will dampen the economic recovery of the nation.

This webinar series collates research, knowledge, and policies that can help businesses and policymakers triage the immediate effects of the current pandemic, design solutions allowing households to recover, and address the structural challenges to stabilize financial security at the household level.

The first webinar on Wednesday, April 15 at 1pm ET will feature a conversation between Ida Rademacher, Vice President and Executive Director of the Financial Security Program at the Aspen Institute, and Joanna Smith-Ramani, Managing Director of the Financial Security Program at the Aspen Institute. They will provide the context of existing household financial challenges; what has suddenly changed in a COVID-19 world; and will answer some of the questions they’ve been asked by policymakers and business leaders over the past few weeks.

Press are invited to register here.  If you have questions or comments, please contact Elizabeth Vivirito:

More information about upcoming webinars is available here: and listed below. Speakers will be announced on a week-to-week basis, so check regularly for updates.

The Aspen Institute Financial Security Program’s (Aspen FSP) mission is to illuminate and solve themost critical financial challenges facing American households and to make financial security for all a top national priority. We aim for nothing less than a more inclusive economy with reduced wealth inequality and shared prosperity. Learn more at

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