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Big "I" and InVEST Participate in Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill

Bipartisan effort calls for an increase in financial literacy in the U.S., including insurance.

ALEXANDRIA, Va., May 7, 2010 - InVEST, the insurance industry’s premier classroom to career education program, recently participated in Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill.

“InVEST believes in partnering with organizations that understand the importance of financial literacy, particularly insurance literacy,” says Jennifer Robinson, InVEST program manager. “InVEST is honored and delighted to attend such an important event that creates public awareness and understanding for the need of financial literacy.”

Robinson and Jen McPhillips, Big “I” senior director of political affairs, participated in the annual event along with representatives from 60 other organizations committed to increasing financial literacy awareness.

United States Senators Daniel K Akaka (D-Hawaii) and Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.) served as honorary hosts of the event. Other participants included Rep. Judy Biggert (R-Ill.), Rep. Rubén Hinojosa (D-Texas), and U.S. Treasury Department Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Education and Financial Access Michelle Greene. 

Financial Literacy Day on Capitol Hill was introduced in 2003 by the Council for Economic Education, Junior Achievement, and the Jump$tart Coalition, with the office of Sen. Akaka serving as honorary host.

The annual event has evolved from a small gathering to a public event that attracts hundreds of financial education advocates, members of Congress and their staffs, and the general public. The location of the event alternates each year between the House and Senate sides of U.S. Capitol complex.

“InVEST provides the industry with young professionals from high schools and community colleges across the country through a support structure of insurance associations, a volunteer board, national staff, teachers and many industry professionals who work in the field as classroom liaisons,” says Robert Rusbuldt, Big “I” president & CEO. “The need for financial literacy and the fact that everyone needs at least several insurance products makes this program worthy of every high school and college campus in the this country. We’re very supportive of Congress hosting ‘Financial Literacy Day’ to stress the importance of such programs, and we are honored to participate.”

Founded in 1970 and based in Alexandria, Va., InVEST promotes insurance education in order to attract individuals to pursue a career in the insurance industry. Each year, the program prepares thousands of students for insurance-related careers with a hands-on curriculum taught in high schools, adult education centers and community colleges. The high school curriculum is a business-education program that utilizes a hands-on approach which simulates an insurance agency and company operations to prepare students for various business careers and create more knowledgeable insurance consumers. At the college level, InVEST is an information-intensive curriculum of risk management and financial services. These courses provide students with a working knowledge of the basics needed to pursue careers in the insurance industry. For more information, go to

Founded in 1896, the Big “I” is the nation’s oldest and largest national association of independent insurance agents and brokers, representing a network of more than 300,000 agents, brokers and their employees nationally. Its members are businesses that offer customers a choice of policies from a variety of insurance companies. Independent agents and brokers offer all lines of insurance—property, casualty, life, health, employee benefit plans and retirement products. Web address:

​127 South Peyton Street
Alexandria VA 22314
​phone: 800.221.7917
fax: 703.683.7556

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