Oct 27

From Purses to Portfolios – The Money School of Delaware

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Two years ago I attended my first From Purses to Portfolios Conference at the Chase Center on the Riverfront sponsored by The Money School of Delaware. I was so totally impressed with this free event that when I got home I immediately sat down and wrote a blog post (click here). Ronni Cohen, Executive Director of DFLI, read that post and contacted me asking if I would consider blogging other events for The Money School.

That post also lead to me teaching blogging classes at local libraries and then last Saturday not only did I attend the 10th Anniversary From Purses to Portfolios conference, but I also presented “From Passion to Profit with a Personal Blog” and was the recipient of the “2014 Sandra A. Varano Golden Purse Award’. God is good and I am truly thankful for being afforded these wonderful opportunities.

From Purses to Portfolios


Purses to Portfolios is Delaware’s premier money conference and this year’s sessions included “Zero Debt” presented by award winning author and The Money Coach, Lynnette Khalfani-Cox; “Handling College Costs”, presented by CCCS of MD & DE, where I sat front row center because you know that I need all the information I can get with two sons in college.

Handling College Costs

The other sessions included: “Never Too Early; Never Too Late”, “Carpe Diem-Brewing Up Your Business”, “Passport to Prosperity”, “A Man is Not a Financial Plan”, “Kiss Your Landlord Goodbye”, “Not Your Grandmother’s Library”, “Credit Crackdown” and my session “From Passion to Profit”.

The doors opened at 8:30 a.m. and at registration everyone received a free personalized tote bag, pen and a large glossy program.  A light breakfast was available and there were exhibitor displays throughout the Riverfront Ballroom. In addition to the speaker sessions there were also breakout areas for the Delaware Library and a Credit Clinic, sponsored by TD Bank. The program was emceed by Tina Betz and both U.S. Senator Chris Coons and Governor Jack Markell spoke briefly welcoming us all to the 10th Anniversary of Purses to Portfolios.

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A mid-day break gave participants an opportunity to grab a free bag lunch, gather information or make purchases from the exhibibtors, visit the Money Club House and meet the WIFE.ORG founders, Candice Bahr and Ginita Wall.

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The day ended with a closing session, award presentations and fantastic Door Prizes which were donated by several sponsors including Barnes and Noble, Men’s Wearhouse, Target and Wawa.


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For me this was by far the most exciting and well attended Purses to Portfolios Conference and next year look for a name change: Passport to Prosperity: Design you own financial journey, I hope to see you there!

Purses to Portfolios 10th Anniversary pics


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A Green Tie Event is the fundraiser that precedes the From Purses to Portfolios conference, it too was held at the Chase Center on the 16th. Hubby and I both attended and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

The Welcome Greetings were presented by Ronni and Cher Przeomski, DFLI Board member; a testimonial by Tyreese Green, GTech Commercial & Construction Cleaning Services and awards were the highlights of the evening.  A light dinner, a Silent Auction and entertainment provided by Atiba Music made for a very relaxing evening.

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Stay Blessed ~ No Stress in 2014!




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  1. HJ

    I enjoyed your presentation and others at the Conference very much. The Money School has done so much for so many people, especially women. At the conference I heard amazing stories from women who have found a path to get their financial houses in order through the wonderful classes and teachers in the community. Thank you for all you do to enlighten us on your blog about many things. Have a blessed week.

    1. DelBlogger

      HJ, that you so very much for those kind words, they are truly appreciated. I too love the programs and events that The Money School provides for the women in our state. I hope to see you at another event again soon!

  2. Pride in Photos Photography

    You go girl! I would love to hear you speak at one of these conferences!

    1. DelBlogger

      That would be awesome – maybe I need to do a two-step to Texas?

  3. Louida (@MissLouMae)

    I’m so proud of you sis! You are growing leaps and bounds and I’m loving seeing you live out your dreams! Go ahead with your bad self! 🙂

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, I have bigger plans for 2015 – need to make that paper!

  4. robinhardeman

    Ohhh do it Antionette. So proud of you, great blogger and role model in your community! #girlboss

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you my blog sister, are you still working on ideas for our 2015 collab?

      1. robinhardeman

        Yes, definitely to chat more about it!!!

        1. DelBlogger


  5. Me and My Mini Me

    What a fantastic event! It looks like a blast. Hope you’re having a terrific week so far.

    1. DelBlogger

      It definitely was and yes, this is a good week so far and I hope you and Lady Bee are enjoying it as well.

  6. Neti*

    CONGRATS Sista on doing your thing and doing it well.

    1. DelBlogger

      Thank you, God is definitely opening doors for me and I am walking through!

  7. Karen L Ross

    Thank you Antionette for your time and inspiration. It definitely was an investment for my growth, development and business. Being open and making time to receive valuable tools from gems is PRICELESS! Your attention to details and energy to help others is greatly appreciated. That is part of being the difference. Thank you again for passing on your gifts to help others grow and expand beyond the universe.

    1. DelBlogger

      Karen, thank you so very much for these kind words. My heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation. I hope that you get an opportunity to attend some of my other classes. Stay blessed sis!

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