The American College of Financial Services National Annual
King of Prussia, July 24, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The American College of Financial Services, the country’s largest nonprofit accredited educational institution dedicated to financial services, will host the Annual Conference of African Financial Professionals -american (CAAFP) on August 4, 2020 in a five-hour virtual event.
Today more than ever, it is time for collaboration and discussion. If we cannot be together physically, we can come together as a community in this virtual space. Created as an educational and experimental experience, CAAFP is now the largest gathering of its kind within financial services with a mission to advance and foster professional relationships and development among African Americans working in the profession. Even though African Americans make up about 13% of the American population, they make up only 8% of financial advisers, according to studies from the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics. The CAAFP strives to dramatically increase the number of Black financial services practitioners in the profession and offers free enrollment to Traditionally Black College and University (HBCU) students to encourage them to view financial services as a career path.
The one-day virtual conference will feature sessions covering a range of personal and professional development topics with a focus on bridging the wealth gap in African American communities. Guests will hear from thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds, including:
- Master of ceremonies – Mike James, Head of Individual Solutions and President, NFP Life Solutions
- Inspirational message – Caroline Clarke, Brand Director of the Women of Power Summit at Black Enterprise
- Main speaker – George Nichols III, President and CEO of the American College of Financial Services
- Cat by the fireside with:
- DeForest Soaries, Jr., Founder and CEO of dfree Financial Freedom Movement
- JP Julien and Shelley Stewart III, partners at McKinsey & Company
- Salene Hitchcock-Gear, JD, President of Individual Life Insurance and Supervisory Advisors, Prudential
- Lata N. Reddy, JD, Senior Vice President of Inclusive Solutions at Prudential Financial and President of the Prudential Foundation
- Derrius Quarles and Ras Asan, co-founders of Breaux Capital
- Pamela Jolly, EdD, CEO and Founder of Torch Enterprises
- Dennis Kimbro, PhD, educator, author and business school teacher
Plus, lunchtime will feature top-notch entertainment from legendary comedian and actor Sinbad. Ranked by Comedy Central as one of the “100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time,” Sinbad has been keeping audiences laughing for more than three decades. Throughout his incredibly successful career as a stand-up comedian, he starred in two Comedy Central specials and four HBO comedy presentations. As an actor he has held leading roles in popular comedy films such as Jingle All the Way and Good Burger.
âOur Black communities have faced a systemic struggle for decades and remain an underserved and underutilized population by this profession, but with this conference and the challenges facing our nation, we have the opportunity to help put implementing sustainable and generational change, âsaid George. Nichols III, President and CEO of the American College of Financial Services. âAs a national leader in financial services education, the American College of Financial Services is honored to continue its mission of supporting black financial professionals. We are excited about the opportunity to continue to provide engaging content, thought leadership and virtual connection in this time of distance. Join us as we rise together to support each other, share stories and strategies, and uplift communities. “
Financial professionals play an important role in helping individuals achieve long-term financial security. The CAAFP was designed to advance the careers of participants and deepen their expertise in order to better serve their clients who need guidance and fiscal stability. To learn more about the event, please visit: TheAmericanCollege.edu/CAAFP
ABOUT THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF FINANCIAL SERVICES
The American College of Financial Services was founded in 1927 and is the nation’s largest nonprofit educational institution dedicated to financial services. Holding the highest level of academic accreditation, the College has trained one in five financial advisers in the United States and offers two masters in financial management and services, as well as prestigious designations in financial planning such as Retirement Income Certified ProfessionalÂ® (RICP Â®), Chartered Life UnderwriterÂ® (CLUÂ®), Wealth Management Certified ProfessionalÂ® (WMCPÂ®), Chartered Advisor in PhilanthropyÂ® (CAPÂ®), Chartered Special Needs ConsultantÂ® (ChSNCÂ®), Chartered Financial ConsultantÂ® (ChFCÂ®) , and training leading to Certified Financial Planner â¢ (CFPÂ®) certification. The College’s faculty represent some of the top thought leaders in the financial services profession. Visit TheAmericanCollege.edu and connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.