2018-19 Committee Chairs: Dr. Chonta Haynes and Dr. Kay Lee-Smith
The Economic Development Committee is responsible for educating the community and chapter members on personal fiscal management, financial security, homeownership, and entrepreneurship.
National economic trends, such as unstable employment, the threat to Social Security as we know it, and the widening gap between wealth and poverty are the basis for the development of Financial Fortitude, the current Economic Development program initiative of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Financial Fortitude is a process that will help program participants to set and define goals, develop a plan to achieve them, and to put the plan into action. The process serves as a blueprint to address all aspects of personal finances.
The Financial Fortitude initiative is comprised of ten components and provides a collaboration of information from major economic corporations and other well-known financial institutions. The ten components include: Goal Setting, Financial Planning, Budgeting, Debt Management, Savings & Investments, Retirement Planning, Homeownership, Insurance, Estate Planning, and Entrepreneurship. The initiative helps members of the Sorority spread financial education throughout their local communities.
2018-2019 Financial Fortitude Priorities
Minimize Financial Fraud and Exploitation
Heighten Entrepreneur Awareness
2018-2019 Financial Fortitude Initiatives
Passing the Torch Series, Estate
Planning Information & Activation
Financially Fit News, monthly financial fortitude newsletter
Financial Literacy for Teens, focusing on goal setting, budgeting, and spending for
our youth groups and parents
Black Tank, competition featuring Black owned community businesses