This e-mail to Congressional staffers speaks for itself. I am probably being far too nice by omitting the RSVP details. However, I must note the ethics rules for Congress are more lax than those of some private sector companies. I had one client, a Fortune 25 company, that forbade all employees from taking gifts or entertainment of any kind from vendors, down to a cup of coffee. And that’s not as nuts as it sounds. Research by social psychologist Robert Cialdini verifies that a gift as small as a can of soda predisposes the recipient to a sales pitch.
From: The Financial Services Roundtable
Subject: Financial Services University (FSU) Seminars ~ Feb 10-11
Plan to Attend the 2011
Financial Services University (FSU) Educational Series
Thursday, February 10th – Capitol Hill Visitor’s Center – HVC 201
9:00 – 11:00 Banking 101 – An overview of the U.S. banking industry structure and regulation.
11:30 – 2:00 Housing – The basics about mortgages: how they are originated, serviced and securitized; as well as foreclosure prevention and the challenges facing the housing market.
2:30 – 4:00 Retirement Security – An overview of pension and retirement basics, and the challenges our nation faces with respect to individuals’ retirement planning, savings and management.
Friday, February 11th – Capitol Hill Visitor’s Center – HVC 201
9:00 – 11:00 Insurance – Understand the basics of property & casualty and the life insurance industries and how they are regulated.
11:30 – 2:00 Regulatory Reform – A comprehensive look at the current regulatory structure and reform efforts underway; focusing on financial stability oversight council, prudential standards; capital and securities law.
The 2011 Financial Services University (FSU) educational series is sponsored by Financial Services Roundtable member companies. The mission of FSU is to provide congressional staff with basic information on the role of the financial services industry in the U.S. economy and to review financial services issues affecting congressional offices.
Sessions: Each session will consist of an overview of the topic, will build upon previous sessions to provide a comprehensive look at challenges facing the financial industry, and will close with Questions & Answers.
Who Should Attend? All new staffers and staffers who have recently added financial services issues to their portfolio, as well as, the seasoned staffer who wants to learn more about the major areas of importance impacting our nation and economy.
Note: Light refreshments will be served during each educational session, as well as a working lunch available each day. Also, this event has been reviewed by both House and Senate ethics offices.