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Empower Your Future

A forum on women in Finance and Economics for young adults

Are you passionate and fascinated by the world around you?

Do you have a desire to make a difference in the world?

If so, a degree in Economics or Finance might be a good choice for you.


Join us on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. for Empower Your Future. This forum, designed for young adults with a particular emphasis on young women, will help you learn more about careers in Economics and Finance.

Learn how a strong understanding of personal finance is key in helping you attain financial independence and retire rich.

Make a difference
With a degree in Finance or Economics, you can work on issues of indquality and social justice.

Did you know?
Graduates with degrees in Finance or Economics are among the best paid and are better prepared for graduate school.

Work Internationally
Economics and Finance majors have the chance to work in international markets in a variety of geographic areas and industries.

Degrees at UTC
Learn more about degrees in Economics or Finance at UTC.




Program Schedule

10:00 a.m.


10:15 a.m.

Welcome Address - Dean Robert Dooley, Gary W. Rollins College of Business, UTC


Keynote - Jackie Morgan, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

10:55 a.m.

Lunch is served

11:15 a.m.

Panel Discussion

12:15 p.m.

High Frequency Learning

1:30 p.m.



Event Keynote:

Jackie MorganJackie Morgan, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

Jackie Morgan, Senior Education Program Manager at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta–Nashville Branch, is recognized as a state and national leader in personal finance education. 

Morgan is a sought-after professional for her financial education expertise. She was appointed to the National Business Education Association Economics and Personal Finance Education Committee, the Tennessee Financial Literacy Commission, the Nashville Economic Inclusion Advisory Committee, and the Middle Tennessee State University Economics and Finance Advisory Board. She also serves as board member and previous 3-year president of the Tennessee Jump$tart Coalition for Personal Financial Literacy, which was recognized by National Jump$tart as the State Coalition of the Year under her leadership. Additionally, Morgan trains educators, develops curriculum, writes articles, and conducts outreach related to personal finance, economics, and career development.

Morgan has a Master's Degree in Business Education from Middle Tennessee State University and Bachelor's Degrees in Public Relations and Agricultural Business & Economics from Colorado State University.



Panel Moderator:

Sue CulpepperSue Culpepper, Gary W. Rollins College of Business - Decosimo Success Center

Sue Culpepper is currently the Director of the Gary W. Rollins College of Business Student Success Center. She is a former executive of SunTrust Bank, where she most recently served as the Chattanooga City President and Managing Director of the Wealth Management Group for SunTrust in Chattanooga. Sue is an investment professional, with investment designations of Series 7, 66, and 24 FINRA licenses. She spent 23 of her 30 years in banking with SunTrust Bank. 

A dedicated civic leader, Sue is a Rotarian, a member of the University of Tennessee Alumni Association's Women's Council, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Alumni Association, Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute, and serves on the boards of the Chattanooga Symphony and Opera Association, Chattanooga Ballet, Chattanooga Area Urban League, American Cancer Society and Friends of Memorial Hospital.





Panel Members:

Carrie GreenCarrie Green, State of Tennessee, Treasury Department

Carrie is Director of Equities for the Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, the $50 billion pension system for State of Tennessee Employees. Prior to this role, Ms. Green was a Senior Portfolio Manager of private equity assets for 4 years and a Portfolio Manager in TCRS' public equities group for 10 years. Carrie received a Masters of Arts in Economics from Middle Tennessee State University and a B.B.A. in Economics from Lambuth University. She is also a Chartered Financial Analyst.






Miranda CarrMiranda Carr, The Trust Company of Tennessee

Miranda Carr serves as the Chief Investment Officer at The Trust Company of Tennessee. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer of Lirio and President of its Finworx division. She also previously served as managing director of public funds for Quintium Advisors, LLC and portfolio manager to two of its hedge fund strategies.

Carr earned a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Columbia Business School with a focus on finance and economics. She is a CFA charterholder, tnAchieves mentor and member of the CFA Society.





Stefanie MansuetoStefanie Mansueto, JPMorgan Chase

Stefanie Mansueto is a Relationship Executive with the Middle Market Banking & Specialized Industries group in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In Stefanie’s current role as Relationship Executive, her current responsibilities include: managing commercial client relationships, matching the firm’s capabilities with client and prospect needs, cultivating new prospective relationships and collaborating with internal partners from all lines of business to deliver the firm to companies in east Tennessee.

Stefanie is the current Treasurer of A Step Ahead Chattanooga and a Director of Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI). She is also a 2018 graduate of Leadership Chattanooga. Stefanie holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Finance from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio and a Master of Public Administration degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.  





Kim ShumpertKim Shumpert, Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute

Over her career, Kim has served in the public, private, nonprofit and education sectors. Utilizing her passion for transformation, she is working to create an ecosystem where women thrive personally and professionally. Through strategic organizational growth and partnership cultivation, she focuses on issues-driven, evidence-based collective impact that improves economic mobility for women.

She has had the honor of working with numerous respected business leaders and philanthropists and now blends these experiences into the work she does to increase the leadership capabilities and influence women as Executive Director of Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute.

She currently serves on the board of the Girl Scouts of Southern Appalachia and is a member of the Rotary Club of Chattanooga. Before returning to her hometown of Chattanooga in 2016, she was a board member for Craighead County Community Foundation, Arkansas Community Foundation, Arkansas Non-profit Alliance, Jonesboro Economical Transit System and Jonesboro Rotary Club. She also worked with the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Task Force. In 2006, she was presented a national award for service during the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

She and her husband, Brad, are proud to now invest their time, talent and treasure into the Greater Chattanooga community. They and their two daughters reside in Signal Mountain, TN.



Our partners:

 Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Tennessee Treasury

  • Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute
  • CFA Society East Tennessee
  • The Trust Company of Tennessee
  • Financial Executives International
  • JPMorgan Chase