From Negative Net Worth to My First 100k

Dr. Kay-Anne Darlington is an assistant professor of Communication at the University of Rio Grande, where she was recently selected as the winner of the 2020-2021 Edwin A. Jones Excellence in Teaching Award. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Media and Communication from the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) at the University of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica; her MA in International Studies and her PhD in Mass Communication from Ohio University where she also completed the Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) graduate certificate. Prior to graduate school she worked throughout the Caribbean as a communication consultant and trainer on social development projects that addressed HIV workplace policy implementation, teenage pregnancy, parenting and early childhood development. She has over 15 years of experience in tertiary education, training, communication and research projects in Grenada, Jamaica, Kenya, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and the United States.

Dr. Kay-Anne Darlington headshot photoDr. Darlington cites completing her PhD while caring for her daughter who was born premature as her proudest accomplishment. One might find her enjoying quiet time in her home, binge-watching her favorite streaming shows, or reading when she isn’t traveling to one of her favorite places, especially the beach (pre-covid, of course)! Guided by Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me,” Dr. Darlington arrived in Athens for graduate school in 2008 and has been a resident ever since.

In her session, “From Negative Net Worth to My First 100K” Dr. Darlington will focus on the presenter’s experience navigating the American financial landscape as a Black immigrant, first-generation graduate student, and young professional. In addition to sharing her experience, the presenter will provide useful tips and tools to help women improve financial literacy, increase their confidence in taking concrete steps toward financial independence and take action to grow their net worth while enjoying their current successes and planning for the future. Finance can be a scary topic, but this session will be fun and engaging, with concrete practical steps to boost participants’ confidence and help them act now to improve their financial wellbeing.

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