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FICO Expands Financial Education Events to Virtual Audiences Nationwide

In support of Financial Literacy Month, FICO’s “Score A Better Future” April event will focus on Credit Awareness along your Financial Journey with a special guest from The Finance Bar

Leading applied analytics company FICO (NYSE:FICO) will host a free, virtual “Score A Better Future” financial education event for all audiences on April 28, 2022. Special guest Marsha Barnes, founder and CEO at The Finance Bar, will join Julie Wooding, senior director at FICO, to discuss the importance of financial literacy, including practical tips to better understand credit, how to navigate credit management during times of uncertainty, and what tools are available to empower you on your financial journey.

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Join FICO's "Score A Better Future" event on April 28, 2022 to learn key tips on how to manage your FICO Score. (Photo: FICO)

Join FICO's "Score A Better Future" event on April 28, 2022 to learn key tips on how to manage your FICO Score. (Photo: FICO)

"The ‘Score A Better Future’ program continues to provide credit education, in a very practical and easily digestible way to audiences nationwide,” said Marsha Barnes, founder and CEO of The Finance Bar. “Consumers are consistently on the search for clarity as they work to improve on understanding their credit scores and overall financial health. FICO has committed to this work by offering ‘Score A Better Future’ virtually, which continues to enforce their dedication to communities on a county, state, and nationwide level by literally meeting consumers where they are."

Titled “Incorporating Credit Awareness along Your Financial Journey,” the April event will continue the “Score A Better Future” informative conversation on the importance of knowing the key components of financial wellness and the FICO® Score, the credit score used by 90% of the top U.S. lenders to make credit decisions. In partnership with the non-profit organization, Operation HOPE, all registrants will receive a free copy of their credit report and FICO® Score with access to one-on-one credit coaching from financial well-being coaches to help attendees identify their starting point and develop a plan to address their financial goals.

“Emphasizing the importance of financial literacy to help build a healthy financial future is a goal of our ‘Score A Better Future’ program,” said Joanne Gaskin, vice president of Scores and Analytics at FICO. “Our team created this program to provide valuable free credit education and empower better financial understanding for individuals of all backgrounds nationwide. We’re thrilled to continue to work with our partners to expand our events nationwide.”

FICO has partnered with several highly respected nonprofits for this April event. In addition to Operation HOPE, other partners include:

  • Atlanta Black Chambers (GA)
  • City of Norfolk Public Library (VA)
  • Clark Atlanta University – Office of Financial Literacy/Ambassadors of Financial Literacy (GA)
  • Consumer Action (national)
  • Detroit Future City (MI)
  • Diversified Resource Network (national)
  • Haven Neighborhood Services (CA)
  • Loyola University New Orleans (LA)
  • Maryland Council on Economic Education (MD)
  • Mississippi Council on Economic Education (MS)
  • Mississippi State University – Extension Center for Economic Education and Financial Literacy (MS)
  • National Association of Women Business Owners (national)
  • National Consumers League (national)
  • National Urban League (national)
  • Operation HOPE (national)
  • Small Business Roundtable (national)
  • Springboard to Opportunities (MS)
  • Tennessee Housing Development Agency (TN)
  • US Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (national)
  • Virginia Workforce Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center (VA)

FICO’s "Score A Better Future" program provides valuable information for consumers who want to improve their understanding of credit and their overall financial health. Available to attendees across the US, “Score A Better Future” will continue to host specific state and county events, as well as will offer virtual nationwide events throughout the year. The events allow consumers to hear from experts, debunk common financial myths, and discuss practical tips to better understand credit.

Who: FICO and Operation HOPE’s financial wellbeing coaches

What: “Score A Better Future” is a free community education and financial empowerment program by FICO in partnership with national nonprofits.

When: Thursday, April 28, 2022 from 4:00-4:45 pm Pacific / 7:00-7:45 pm Eastern


(Virtual link to webinar provided upon registration)

To register for the event or get more information about the “Score A Better Future” program, visit

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FICO (NYSE: FICO) powers decisions that help people and businesses around the world prosper. Founded in 1956, the company is a pioneer in the use of predictive analytics and data science to improve operational decisions. FICO holds more than 200 US and foreign patents on technologies that increase profitability, customer satisfaction and growth for businesses in financial services, telecommunications, health care, retail, transportation and supply chain, and many other industries. Using FICO solutions, businesses in more than 120 countries do everything from protecting 2.6 billion payment cards from fraud, to helping people get credit, to ensuring that millions of airplanes and rental cars are in the right place at the right time.

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