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CREW Pittsburgh Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Task Force Summer Reading Picks!

CREW Pittsburgh's DEI Task Force is part of the Community Action Committee. Each month, committee members connect to discuss event planning and DEI initiatives within the local chapter. The following books were identified as recommended resources by the DEI Task Force. If you are interested in joining the Community Action Committee or have valuable DEI resources you would like to share, please e-mail the Community Action Committee Director, Melissa Maggi, CBRE (, or DEI Task Force Chair, Jessica McKinney, PJ Dick ( for more information.

The Missing Semester
Written by: Gene Natali & Matt Kabala

This book explores the choices we make every day have financial consequences--in some cases, BIG financial consequences. Understanding these critical decisions requires understanding their long-term effects. The Missing Semester provides a short course on the essentials for making wise financial decisions and gaining financial freedom.Although designed with the recent college graduate in mind, The Missing Semester is relevant to a much wider audience. Those who bypassed college, or who are already in the working world, may better relate to some of the topics discussed. For those still in college or high school, this is a chance to get a head-start on peers and an independent life.The Missing Semester is based on the principle of ownership--ownership of your financial future. It begins with the premise that your financial future is your responsibility, and that you cannot plan for or expect help. The book shows how to build a strong financial foundation, prepare for the unexpected, and confront challenges.

The Missing Second Semester
Written by: Gene Natali (forward by: Tim Ranzetta)

This second book in the Missing Semester series addresses the most overlooked subject in financial-literacy education-investing. Primarily addressing students and recent graduates, its lessons are not laden with jargon; its focus is topics and choices that apply to most young people, not just a few, and not those relevant only late in life. The Missing Second Semester presents a call to action: You're in charge. Understand the opportunity, and make the choices.