Vickie Elisa, a financial literacy educator for Mothers Voices Georgia, Inc and WISER, has spent 25 years reaching and empowering women regarding how to successfully navigate America’s economic pitfalls that create financial insecurity for millions of American women.
“Women are the hardest working species on the planet! Yet even after repopulating the earth, we still get shortchanged socially and economically just because of a few biological advantages!” says Elisa, who has battled her own wage inequalities, predatory lending, housing and homelessness issues.
An Emmy, Telly and Addy-award winning producer, Vickie has taken her economic survival and empowerment message to Ghana, Nigeria and across the United States, reaching millions of women with how to secure a healthy retirement.
In 2015, President Barack Obama invited her to both introduce him at the 10th annual White House Conference on Aging and to share her perspective on how to address economic issues facing American women. She has co-presented with former White House Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and she was the 2015 PBS Magazine New Avenue award recipient for being one of NPR’s 50 Influential People to Watch in America. She has consulted for the Department of Labor, Women’s Bureau, the Office of the Surgeon General, the Pew Charitable Trust, the Consul General of Liberia and the World Conference of Mayors.
She is a Redbook Magazine Hero Award winner and she worked on former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Campaign for DeKalb County, Georgia. She was the Georgia TV producer for What Every Woman Needs to Know about Retirement, which was hosted by former First Lady Hilliary Rodham Clinton. She is a WISER – Woman of Vision Leader, a White House delegate on Social Security and Retirement and she has appeared in Forbes, New York Times, Chicago Sun Times, NPR News, ABC, NBC, Redbook Magazine, CNN and C-SPAN.
She is the volunteer board president of Mothers Voices, Georgia, a non-profit organization that provides advocacy and life skills education to address women’s economic and chronic health illness. A magna cum laude graduate of Spelman College in Atlanta, GA., she is currently working on her second screen play.