25 Apr 2014
Raising the bar for financial literacyTopics:
Nan Morrison (MBA 1987) is intent on making children financially and economically literate. As CEO of the Council for Economic Education (CEE), a New York–based national nonprofit, she trains more than 55,000 teachers nationwide annually, as well as provides them with the resources to teach approximately 5 million students, from kindergarten through high school.
"Opening a bank account is a one-time event. We're trying to teach kids skills and tools they can apply to any decision they may face going forward," she says.
Morrison, who was a partner at Accenture and The Boston Consulting Group before joining CEE, says that some financial lessons about choices and tradeoffs aren't about money: "An economist in my network in Memphis was asking kids what they had learned, and one said, 'I learned not to join a gang,'" she recalls.
Morrison also credits her fellow HBS alumni, including the Council's COO Sally Wood (MBA 1976), for helping to advance the organization's mission: "That whole network is working for me to make a difference," she says.
(Published April 2014)
Class of MBA 1987, Section B