The American College of Financial Services, the nation’s largest non-profit educational institution devoted to financial services, will be hosting the 14th Annual Conference of African American Financial Professionals (CAAFP) from August 5-7 at the Marriot Marquis in Atlanta, GA.
CAAFP focuses on addressing the wealth gap in African American communities with a mission to advance and foster professional relationships and development among African Americans working in the financial services industry. Even though African Americans make up about 13% of the U.S. population, a recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics study reports that they account for only about 5% of personal financial advisors. CAAFP strives to significantly increase the number of African American services practitioners and provides complementary registrations to college students to encourage them to consider financial services as a career path.
Over the course of two days, dozens of workshop sessions will cover a variety of personal and professional development topics including; influencing financial responsibility through debt reduction, holistic planning for financial security and simple shifts needed to create more wealth and well-being. The event will feature thought leaders from a variety of industries, including:
- Keynote speaker – Susan Taylor, Founder and CEO at National CARES Mentoring Movement and Editor-in-Chief Emeritus, Essence magazine
- Dr. Pamela Jolly, CEO and Founder Torch Enterprises
- Ramesh Srinivasan, Author and Founder, UCLA-wide Digital Cultures Lab
- Stacey Tisdale, President and CEO at Mind Money Media Inc.
- Walter Bond, Trainer, Coach and former NBA player
“As the national leader in financial services education for over ninety years, the American College of Financial Services is honored to continue its mission of supporting financial professionals and their communities at this year’s CAAFP,” says George Nichols III, President and CEO of The American College of Financial Services. “Our African-American communities remain an underserved and under-tapped populace by this industry, but with this conference we look forward to furthering the cause of diversity and inclusion—both in our profession and in our economy.”
Financial professionals play a significant role in helping individuals achieve long-term financial security. The CAAFP was designed to help participants deepen their expertise and better serve their clients who need guidance and fiscal stability. The event has increased immensely in influence and prominence from its inception, growing from less than 20 attendees to its current following between 500-600 attendees each year.