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Press Release April 6th, 2010

Free Financial Education Seminar Features Nationally-Renowned Speaker John O'Leary

Attendees Receive Advice for Assisting Employees who are Dealing with Financial Stress

1st Financial Federal Credit Union, in partnership with Lindenwood University and the Lewis and Clark Chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), is offering a free financial education forum on Thursday, April 22, 2010, 9 a.m. - 11 a.m., in Harmon Hall at Lindenwood University. The forum will feature nationally-renowned guest speaker, John O'Leary.

The seminar titled, "Your Employees... Are They the Faces of Financial Stress," will provide advice on how to help employees who are dealing with financial stress. The seminar is geared toward human resource (HR) professionals, but executives and managers are welcome to attend also.

The seminar will be presented by 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. Topics that will be discussed include, financial stress in the workplace and how it affects your business; national statistics and recent studies on the impact of financial stress on employees; how the impact of financial stress affects the outlook for human resource (HR) executives; the opportunity for HR executives to change the financial landscape for their employees; and free resources for HR executives to offer their employees to avoid the pitfalls of financial stress.

The keynote speaker will be John O'Leary who was burned on 100 percent of his body as a nine-year-old boy. He endured months in the hospital, years in therapy, dozens of surgeries and lost all his fingers to amputation. Despite the odds, he overcame these challenges and enjoys wonderful success in life. Today, John is a father, husband, author and international speaker. He is proof of the power of the human spirit and will speak on overcoming obstacles.

"Studies have shown that many employees haven't learned the basics of personal finance, including how to make the most of benefits such as retirement savings plans, health care coverage and other insurance," said Nina Pilger, chief executive officer at 1st Financial Federal Credit Union. "This lack of preparation can lead to personal financial problems, stress and distraction - all of which diminish an employees' productivity and their quality of life. We are pleased to be able to offer this free seminar, with John O'Leary as the guest speaker, to help HR executives help their employees achieve the quality of life they deserve."

Pilger continued, "Financial education is a wise thing to do, as well as the right thing to do for employees."

To register for this free seminar, visit or contact Marcia at 636-916-8335 or

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