News Release

“The COVID Effect” Launches the Boomers to Zoomers

For Immediate Release | 3-22-2021

Media Contact | Nick Debus

Direct |  602-542-0728

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Join Us for The COVID Effect Virtual Event

Rack Up Good Information on Restoring Your Financial Wellness

“The COVID Effect” Launches the Boomers to Zoomers:

Building A Secure Path to Retirement Virtual Event Series

PHOENIX - The Arizona Corporation Commission’s Securities Division is partnering with the Investor Protection Trust, Detroit Public Television, and PBS Books to produce “The COVID Effect: Restoring Financial Wellness” virtual event to livestream on the Commission’s Facebook page, on Friday, March 26, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. (MST).

The COVID crisis has left people uncertain about the economy and with many questions about their personal financial security. “The COVID Effect: Restoring Financial Wellness” will feature qualified experts who will provide information and insight on financial well-being during COVID, financial recovery after COVID and preparing for the next challenge.

The event will be interactive, allowing participants to ask questions, submit comments and get answers in real time.  After the live event, “The COVID Effect” will be available on the Corporation Commission’s website, and on, along with a variety of tools and resources for savers and investors of all ages and at all stages of life.  “The COVID Effect” is the first in a series of 12 Boomers to Zoomers: Building a Secure Path to Retirement virtual events.

“During the challenge of COVID, the Corporation Commission’s Securities Division continues its primary focus of protecting Arizona investors,” Chairwoman Lea Márquez-Peterson said. “We are pleased to partner with others who share the same goal of informing investors about how to secure their retirement funds.”

The COVID Effect: Restoring Financial Wellness virtual event will livestream on the Corporation Commission’s Facebook page, on Friday, March 26, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. (EST) and will feature the following:

  • Host:  Fred Nahhat, Detroit Public Television
  • Introduction & Role of State Securities Offices:  Brad Raffensperger, Georgia Secretary of State
  • Moderator:  Donna Lowry, Georgia Public Broadcasting
  • Three Topic Segments:  1) Unscrambling the Stimulus—Strategies to Keep You from Scratching, 2) Rack ’Em Up—Roadmap Toward Recovery and 3) Creating a Cushion—Takeaways from Troubled Times

“At Detroit Public Television we see the great potential in forging a partnership that brings together leaders in state government, public television stations and libraries in communities across the country to educate the public on the timely subject of personal finance,” said Rich Homberg, President and CEO of Detroit Public Television.  “With so many families concerned about making ends meet and saving for their retirement, this is an important moment for such a collaboration to step up and carry on this crucial work.”

Michelle Olympiadis, Acting Executive Director of the Investor Protection Trust, said: “Over the past year we have learned many lessons and experienced challenges we could not imagine.  The synergy of these partnerships in delivering investor education to everyone as we begin to move out of this pandemic provides an exciting platform for engagement in real time or at your own time.”

The Boomers to Zoomers: Building a Secure Path to Retirement is a yearlong series of twelve 60-minute virtual events livestreaming via Facebook Live on partner Facebook pages on the fourth Friday of each month at 1:00 p.m. EST or 11:00 a.m. MST beginning with “The COVID Effect” on March 26, 2021.

The series provides the quality, objective investor and financial information needed by all Americans to make wise and safe investment decisions at every age and every stage of life.  The Boomers to Zoomers virtual events are interactive and feature timely topics, financial experts, motivational stories and practical information viewers can use immediately to prepare for long-term financial security.  Upcoming Boomer to Zoomer virtual event topics includes:  How to Invest: What’s New and What’s Not; Military Finances; and Harness Your Inner Hummingbird:  How to Build Your Nest Egg.

Boomers to Zoomers is part of When I’m 65, a program of the Investor Protection Trust in partnership with Detroit Public Television.  When I’m 65 takes a generational look at retirement and focuses on the actions people should take at every age to prepare for a secure retirement.  For more information visit,


The Corporation Commission’s Securities Division enforces Arizona’s securities and investment laws through investigative actions as well as registration and oversight of securities, companies, salespeople and investment advisers; it provides license/registration status of investment professionals and disciplinary history information upon request and disperses investor education information through brochures, presentations and online at:  | |

The Investor Protection Trust (IPT) is a nonprofit organization devoted to investor education.  More than half of all Americans are now invested in the securities markets, making investor education and protection vitally important.  Since 1993 the Investor Protection Trust has worked with the states and at the national level to provide the independent, objective investor education needed by all Americans to make wise and safe investment decisions. | |

Detroit Public Television is a viewer-supported PBS member station with offices in Detroit and Wixom, Michigan.  Its vision is to foster a community in which people trust public media to help them discover new ideas, make informed decisions and enjoy enriched lives.  The station is notably active in producing programs that showcase arts, culture, news and analysis, as well as educational outreach campaigns that use the power of media to provide knowledge and understanding. | |

PBS Books is a multi-platform initiative celebrating PBS programming.  Born out of the desire to develop original content that would appeal to vast audience of diverse readers, PBS Books hosts regular social and digital engagement events, as well as live coverage of important literary events across the country.  In 2018, PBS Books launched a Library Engagement Program to build and enhance working relationships among libraries, local PBS stations, cultural institutions, and readers.  Today, the Library Network has more than 1,800 partners. | |


Nick Debus, Arizona Corporation Commission: (602) 542-0728 or

Michelle Olympiadis, Investor Protection Trust: (202) 775-2112 or olympiadis@investorprotection,org

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