The 2016 Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Seminar
The University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration is pleased to announce that Helen Ross Professor, Harold Pollack, will deliver the 2016 Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Seminar on Wednesday, March 2, 2016. The program will be held at SSA from 6:00-8:00pm and include a book signing and light reception.
“Personal Finance and the Helping Professions”
Personal financial management is a serious challenge that faces millions of Americans across the income spectrum in every walk of life. Professor Harold Pollack is co-author of The Index Card: Why Personal Finance Doesn’t Have to Be Complicated. Inspired by an index card composed by Pollack containing personal finance advice that went viral online, Pollack proposes that all the information people need to know about managing their money fits onto a 4x6 index card.
In this seminar, the speaker will describe some of his experiences writing the book and discuss the rules he tells readers to make the most of their retirement investments; how to pay down credit card, student loan, or other debt; and how to find a financial advisor that puts their interests first. The speaker will also provide important lessons for those in the helping professions—most notably the human social services sector. Our clients have many concrete difficulties that bring them to social service assistance or intervention. Many or most of these clients also face financial challenges—managing debt, budgeting, bill payments, credit cards, etc. As social service professionals, we must develop better resources and skills to assist people to address these challenges, whose resolution dramatically affect their clinical outcomes and long-term well-being.
About the Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Fund
The Ikuo Yamaguchi Memorial Fund was established in 2000 in memory of Ikuo Yamaguchi, AM’60. Mr. Yamaguchi (1927 – 1993) was one of the first Japanese students to attend SSA after World War II. Born in Tokyo, he graduated from the Tokyo University of Foreign Studies in 1947.
Receiving a stipend from the Salvation Army during his studies at SSA, Mr. Yamaguchi was required to work for the Salvation Army upon graduation for two years. This began what would be a 30 year career with the agency as a family therapist. He later rose to the position of executive director of the Family Service Division.
Recognizing Mr. Yamaguchi’s strong belief in social workers’ continuous professional learning and growth, the annual Ikuo Yamaguchi Seminar was created by his wife Mari, friends and relatives of Ikuo and Mari from the U.S. and Japan, in tribute to celebrate his life.