Lee keynotes Women and Money Conference at Blennerhassett Hotel

PARKERSBURG – Women from all backgrounds in the Mid-Ohio Valley attended the 32nd Women and Money Conference series at the Blennerhassett Hotel Friday morning.

About 115 women attended the free program sponsored by the Office of West Virginia State Treasurer John Perdue. The series is tailored to women and their unique financial circumstances.

“We are pleased to see so many women in the Parkersburg area attend the conference,” said Gina Joynes, deputy treasurer of communications for Perdue. “No matter where we are in West Virginia, women come up to me and thank us for helping them understand how to better handle their day-to-day finances.”

Perdue said the need to understand how an individual’s and family’s funds and better work for them is vitally important.

“There is no better time than right now to begin putting your financial house in order because the future we all talk about is now,” he stated in the conference brochure.

Financial adviser Dee Lee of Boston, Mass., served as the keynote speaker Friday, where she used a Powerpoint presentation to aid her program.

“If you learn to handle your money, you now have control over a part of your life that you may not have had before,” Lee said. “(This conference) is an opportunity to come and learn about money in a non-treatening environment and ask questions that you’ve always wanted to ask but often times you don’t know who to ask.”

Lee, who is also a certified financial planner, has authored seven books on money and the importance of how to handle it as well as how to manage finances.

“I get a sense of accomplishment, that I help people,” she added. “That is why I come back year after year.”

The Women and Money Conference series began in 2002 and are held continuously throughout the state. Lee has spoken at 30 of the 32 conferences held.

According to Perdue, the conferences have served about 10,000 West Virginian women in the series’ 11-year run.