Financial Adviser Best-selling Author To Speak March 29 In Baton Rouge

Karen Overstreet, Merrill, Thomas A., Murphy, Ellen P.  |  3/18/2006 4:38:28 AM

News Release Distributed 03/17/06

An acclaimed financial advisor and author will be the keynote speaker for a special sesson on "After the Hurricanes: Rebuilding Communities and Strengthening Families" March 29 in Baton Rouge.

Sponsored by the LSU AgCenter and the Credit Bureau of Baton Rouge Inc., the session will begin at 1 p.m. March 29 in the Lod Cook Conference Center on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. Admission is free and open to the public.

Ric Edelman, named by Barron’s as one of America’s top 100 financial advisors in 2004 and again in 2005, will be the keynote speaker for the session, which also will include such speakers as LSU AgCenter Chancellor Bill Richardson, East Baton Rouge Mayor-President Melvin "Kip" Holden and Louisiana Family Recovery Corp. CEO Randy Ewing.

"We are pleased to provide an opportunity for the public to hear firsthand from those involved in the recovery efforts and to learn from a noted financial planner how to cope financially afterward and prepare for the future," said Dr. Ellen Murphy, associate director of the LSU AgCenter School of Human Ecology.

After 9-11, Edelman wrote the book Financial Security in Troubled Times. Whether it’s the threat of a potential hurricane, a terrorist attack or loss of a job, his eight-point action plan will help families plan now to preserve their financial well-being.

One of the eight points deals with helping others – a point Edelman takes to heart in his numerous philanthropic activities. He is chairman of the board of the United Way National Capitol Area. He also is involved with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Washington Area, the Washington National Opera, Junior Achievement, Make-A-Wish Foundation and numerous others.

Edelman Financial Services Inc. is ranked as one of the largest financial planning firms in the nation managing $2.6 billion in client assets. The firm serves consumers, investors and business owners nationwide.

Edelman and his firm have won numerous awards for their work, and some of his books have appeared on the best seller lists of The New York Times, The Washington Post, Business Week, USA Today and others. Among those books are The Truth About Money; Ordinary People, Extraordinary Wealth; the New Rules of Money; Discover the Wealth Within You; and What You Need to Do Now. In addition, his newspaper column, The Truth About Money, is nationally syndicated and his Web site is one of the most comprehensive free personal finance resources available.

The session featuring Edelman is part of a weeklong conference for LSU AgCenter educators focusing on programs to strengthen families emotionally, physically and financially after the storms. The March 29 session is free and open to the public, but reservations are encouraged. For more information or to make reservations, contact Le Vu at (225) 578-6794 or


Ellen Murphy at (225) 578-6794 or 
Karen Overstreet at (225) 578-6701 or 
Tom Merrill at (225) 578-2263 or

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