Irene Lee
“Financial Grit: the 3 C’s – Coaching, Capacity, Control”
Personal Finance. Community Results. A TEDxWilmington Salon
Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 at the Gold Ballroom at the Hotel DuPont   MORE INFO

“Earlier this year, I committed to stepping outside my comfort zone and sharing my voice more. Maybe a blog or staff meeting presentation to dip my toes in the water, I thought. I discussed this with a handful of colleagues and asked them to keep me accountable.

You can imagine their surprise when I mentioned I would be speaking at a TEDxWilmington event.’What happened to dipping your toes in?’ one asked. ‘You are jumping right into the pool!’

It’s true. TEDxWilmington is forcing me to communicate in ways I never have before — but this opportunity to co-present about family financial coaching with Whitney Williams of the Parents as Teachers program was too important to pass up.

For the last 21 years, I have been leading efforts at the Annie E. Casey Foundation to improve outcomes for kids by ensuring their parents have the tools and support necessary to gain financial stability.


Research has shown that decreasing economic stressors for parents and caregivers helps children reach key milestones, such as reading at grade level, so they can continue on a path to success … and to brighter futures.

In 2014, the Casey Foundation partnered with Delaware’s State Department of Health and Social Services and the United Way on their $tand By Me initiative to provide parents of children enrolled in the Head Start program with a personal financial coach who could help guide them to greater economic security.

I am thrilled to join Whitney on September 12 to share some of the successes of $tand By Me, including the ways low-income parents are changing habits and financial behaviors that are moving them away from dependency to greater financial stability — even if it does force me to dive into unchartered waters! ”

Irene Lee is Director of the Family Economic Success (FES) unit in the Center for Community and Economic Opportunity at the Annie E. Casey Foundation, a private foundation that works to build better futures for disadvantaged children and their families in the United States. She has been a member of the Foundation’s Committee of Managers since 2004. Lee has more than two decades in philanthropy – including at the Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation and The Cleveland Foundation. She has developed expertise in housing and community development, community capacity building, adult education and workforce, children of immigrants and immigrant economic integration. READ MORE

Personal Finance. Community Results :: A TEDxWilmington Salon :: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017 :: Gold Ballroom at the Hotel DuPont   MORE INFO