April 20, 2011
St. John’s will host its 2nd Annual Corporate Social
Responsibility Council Networking Reception on Thursday, April 28
at the University’s Manhattan campus sponsored by the Peter J.
Tobin College of Business. Denis M. Hughes, President of the New
York State AFL-CIO, will be the guest speaker to announce a
historic partnership between St. John’s University and the Teaching
Financial Education Group at the event.
“President (Barack) Obama has declared April 2011 Financial
Literacy Month and we’re excited to be a part of several national
events to address this important issue,” said Jonelle Bradshaw de
Hernandez, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at St.
John’s University. “We are exploring the real possibility, with
this partnership, of creating a National Center for Teaching
Financial Literacy. It is a unique opportunity and we are committed
to serving the underserved through the work of many helping
The goal of the St. John’s Corporate Social Responsibility Council
is to address the educational, environmental and social needs of
various stakeholders. These include corporations, community groups,
business leaders, consumers, not-for-profits, and everyday
The theme in financial literacy and capability is designed to
address the crisis that has impacted our communities locally,
nationally and internationally which aligns with St. John’s
University’s mission of helping the underserved. In that spirit of
education, the Center would begin the process with young children
beginning at the kindergarten level and continue on as they earn
their degrees in college.
Hughes, current President of the 2.5 million member New York State
AFL-CIO, became a union member at the age of 16 when he joined the
Retail Clerks Union. Hughes was also the chairman of the Federal
Reserve Bank of New York’s Board of Directors, appointed to that
post on August 24, 2009.
Some of the highlights of his successful career include
coordinating a successful effort to secure $20 Billion in Federal
funding to help rebuild New York City and New York State in the
aftermath of the September 11, 2001 tragedy.
In addition to Hughes, St. John’s students will speak on their
Global Studies experiences overseas, as well as the Tobin College
of Business Management Society and GLOBE (Global Loan Opportunities
for Budding Entrepreneurs) regarding the importance of financial
literacy and how it can help in combating poverty through the use
Several leaders from the corporate, government, labor and education
world will be in attendance to show their support for financial
education. Many of these and other benefactors have vowed to work
to encourage, promote and acquire funding to make the National
Center for Teaching Financial Literacy a reality.
For more information contact Jonelle Bradshaw de Hernandez,
Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, St. John’s
University at 718-990-7596 or e-mail inquiries to
Media outlets interested in attending the event or interviewing
Denis M. Hughes can call Dominic Scianna, Assistant Vice President
for Media Relations at 718-990-6185 or e-mail inquiries to