Sister Spokesman discusses the importance of planning ahead

Panelists  (l-r): Natasha Phillips of Stinson Leonard Street, Financial Advisor Joseph Dillard, and Vikki Casey-Steward of AARP
Panelists (l-r): Natasha Phillips of Stinson Leonard Street, Financial Advisor Joseph Dillard, and Vikki Casey-Steward of AARP

Have you ever counted the cost of all the little guilty pleasure items you buy throughout the week and found yourself surprised at how much these seemingly small purchases add up? Using a $5 cup of coffee as one example, the expert panelists at the “Sister Spokesman Life Planning from 18 – 62” event April 2, broke down ways in which spending carelessly can prove costly in the long run.

(l-r) Laverne Macartney-knighton, Trenna Ross (President), Joseph Dillard, Tracey Williams-Dillard (no relation), Vikki Casey-Steward, Natasha Phillips, Tamiko Morgan, Sherellia Moore, La Tasha Reed and  Shirrae Jackson
(l-r) Laverne Macartney-knighton, Trenna Ross (President), Joseph Dillard, Tracey Williams-Dillard (no relation), Vikki Casey-Steward, Natasha Phillips, Tamiko Morgan, Sherellia Moore, La Tasha Reed and Shirrae Jackson

The event, sponsored by AARP and the MSR, saw community leaders and members gather to hear financial planning advice ranging from probate and estate planning to investment and retirement strategies.

Financial advisor Joseph Dillard stressed the importance of S.M.A.R.T. goals and encouraged attendees to start with what they have. “We are not a poor people,” said Dillard. “We spend so much money. Retailers love us! The government loves us because we put so much into the economy. We are a very rich people… It’s just a matter of allocating our assets so we can leave a legacy.”

See the photo gallery below for more scenes from the event.