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Disrupting the Wealth Gap

The dfree® Financial Freedom Movement teamed up with Prudential Financial to empower African Americans to achieve and sustain financial freedom in an effort to close the wealth gap, one family at a time.

Throughout October of 2021, a virtual series examined the origins of the wealth gap, where it stands today and solutions to help move forward. Also, free personal finance resources were available each week to help attendees achieve and sustain financial freedom.

To view the five-part virtual series, click the button below.

5-Part Series Agenda

Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, Jr., Author, Founder and CEO of dfree®, DBS Solutions, and Corporate Community Connections

Dr. John Sibley Butler, Author, Faculty Director and the J. Marion West Chair in Constructive Capitalism at the University of Texas at Austin, Past director of the Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship and the Institute for Innovation and Creativity at UT-Austin

Kriston McIntosh, Managing Director, Hamilton Place Strategies

Dana Peterson, Chief Economist, the Conference Board

Lata N. Reddy, Senior Vice President of Inclusive Solutions, Prudential Financial

Michelle Singletary, nationally syndicated personal finance columnist, The Washington Post

Saturday, October 2, 2021

PART 1: Examining the Wealth Gap and the Path Forward

On Saturday, October 2, national experts explored the historical practices and laws that created the wealth gap. They also examined where it stands today and what can be done to address it.

Tiffany Allen, MBA, Financial Professional, Prudential

Lisa Lovell, MBA, Financial Advisor, Prudential

Dr. Nicole B. Simpson, CFP®, Founder and CEO, Harvest Wealth Financial

Saturday, October 9, 2021

PART 2: Calculating the Life you Want

Do you have an idea of the car(s), home(s), and career you want? Is it financially feasible? Join us as financial experts help students navigate their financial future. In addition, they will explain the importance of making wise financial decisions when you’re young and spotlight the financial pitfalls you want to avoid.

LaToya Ball, Managing Director of the Newark Chapter, PerScholas

Bill Fowlkes, Financial Wellness Expert, GreenPath

Tamika Stembridge, Esq., Executive Director, dfree® Global Foundation

Saturday, October 16, 2021

PART 3: How to Break Free from Debt

Are you struggling to pay your bills or drowning in debt? Join us on Saturday, October 16, to learn practical tips and strategies to climb out of debt and get on the path to financial freedom.

Monica Hines, Financial Advisor, Prudential

Lynette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®, a personal finance expert, author of numerous books, including a New York Times Bestseller called Zero Debt: The Ultimate Guide to Financial Freedom

Dr. Randal Pinkett, Author; CEO and Chairman, BCT Partners, winner of season four of NBC’s The Apprentice, and the Entrepreneur of the Year® 2021 New Jersey Award Winner by Ernst and Young

Saturday, October 23, 2021

PART 4: Your Money Strategy: Setting and Achieving Financial Goals

Do you want to buy a house or leave a legacy for your family? Join us on Saturday, October 23, as a Prudential Financial Professionals describes how to set and achieve short and long-term financial goals. Also, two business executives will share how they set goals and achieved them on their path to success.

Joseph Samples, Financial Advisor, Prudential

Saturday, October 30, 2021

PART 5: Maximizing your Financial Windfall

Have you recently come into a large sum of money? On Saturday, October 30, a Prudential Financial professional will share strategies to help you make the most of your financial windfall.

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