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The Unbanking of America: 2018 Annual Meeting & Expo
Thursday, January 4, 2018 6:35 AM

Get Some Big Ideas in Little Rock!

Annual Meeting & ExpoWhat do an undocumented immigrant in the South Bronx, a high-net-worth entrepreneur and a 20-something graduate have in common? All three are victims of our dysfunctional mainstream financial system. So says author of The Unbanking of America, Lisa Servon, who will deliver a general session presentation at this year's Cornerstone Credit Union League's Annual Meeting and Expo in Little Rock, Ark., April 18-20.

Lisa ServonServon says that today nearly half of all Americans live from paycheck to paycheck, and income volatility has doubled over the past thirty years. Banks, with their high monthly fees and overdraft charges, are gouging their low-and middle-income customers, while serving only the wealthiest Americans.

In The Unbanking of America, Servon delivers a stunning indictment of America’s banks, together with eye-opening dispatches from inside a range of banking alternatives that have sprung up to fill the banking industry's void. She also delivers fascinating, hopeful portraits of the entrepreneurs reacting to the unbanking of America by designing systems to creatively serve many.

Servon is professor of City Planning at the University of Pennsylvania. She was previously professor of Urban Policy at The New School, where she also served as dean at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. She conducts research in the areas of urban poverty, community development, economic development, and issues of gender and race. She has written for the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Atlantic (online), and the New Yorker (online), and she spent 2015–2016 as a scholar at the Russell Sage Foundation.

Servon holds a BA in political science from Bryn Mawr College, an MA in history of art from the University of Pennsylvania, and a PhD in urban planning from UC Berkeley. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, two children, and a dog named Friday.

Make plans to join your colleagues for Cornerstone's 2018 Annual Meeting and Expo. Learn more here.