Those who know me know that Junior Achievement is near and dear to my heart. Its mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy is something about which I’m extremely passionate.
Equipping students entering the job market with the financial literacy to succeed and really, simply function, is not just a noble cause. It’s an essential one.
I’m honored to be this year’s honorary chair of the Junior Achievement Legacy Awards business luncheon, taking over from Entergy Arkansas President Laura Landreaux. Like just about everything else this year, the 2020 luncheon will move from in-person to virtual. But roll on it will, as scheduled, on Sept. 22, livestreamed at JuniorAchievement.org/web/JA-Arkansas beginning at 11:30 a.m.
This year’s event will honor three Arkansans and one organization deserving of recognition for their support of education in our state: Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (seen on this month’s cover) and AT&T Arkansas President Ronnie Dedman will receive Legacy Awards; Little Rock School District Superintendent Michael Poore will receive the Educator Award; and the Nelson Summit Award that honors a corporation for its support of education will go to Bank of America.
This year’s honorees have given of themselves to promote education and in particular, financial literacy. I’m honored to be associated with such an important cause, and Arkansas Money & Politics is pleased to profile Rutledge and promote the JA cause inside.
Thank you for reading, and hope to see you online on the 22nd. Reach out with any comments or suggestions at HBaker@ARMoneyandpolitics.com.