This course will offer an introduction to the racial wealth gap in America and the role our money can play in addressing systemic racism. Participants will learn about the economic origins of the current racial wealth gap, features of systemic racism in America, and race-equity-focused investment opportunities that are available across asset classes. Participants will explore their role in the economic system and will learn how to address systemic racism with an economic approach.
This course will provide an intimate cohort of like-minded women for participants to learn from, lean on, and inspire as they move through, and beyond, the course into concrete action planning. Sessions will be live.
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The course is open to all members of the IFB community. It will be offered live in three 2-hour sessions over a 1.5-month period. All participants will join the live presentations, during which they will hear from expert speakers. Over the course of the three sessions, participants will meet in large and small groups. The course is designed to provide the time and space needed to examine the deep-seated roots of the racial wealth gap and the harsh realities of the American economic system. The course creators will be available before, during, and after the course to provide additional support for participants’ journeys to align their money with their race-equity- focused values.
Each participant will be asked to complete 3-4 hours of work before each session and will be asked to engage in some collaborative activities between the sessions. This work includes personalizing and adopting an individual action commitment, a trio action commitment, and—if relevant—a family action commitment. In addition, please bring a willingness to be vulnerable and honest with yourself and others to this course. This candor is necessary to effectively shift old patterns and adopt new behaviors.
Systemic racism and the racial wealth gap are very complex issues that cannot be understood, grappled with, or properly addressed over a three-month period. As a result, this course is not intended to be a comprehensive solution, but rather a beginning. As a participant, you will learn about a variety of frameworks you can use to begin to understand how systemic racism operates, how individuals play a role in this system, and how they can get started putting their assets to work to become part of the solution.
The session will provide an overview of the history of economic racism in the United States and introduce frameworks that will help you understand how race operates in America. It will also explain how, as individuals, we currently participate in systemic and economic racism. We will explore the theories of systems change, spheres of influence, and behavior modifications that can work together to create greater equity. Prior to the session, participants will be asked to prepare personal stories of their relationship to race, which they will share with others in affinity groups during the first session.
In the second session, participants will be asked to map their spheres of influence to prepare for and inform their action planning. They will also be introduced to the mechanics behind access to capital and will discuss how race plays a role in who has and does not have access to capital for personal and professional needs. During the session, participants will explore and discuss their individual and trio action commitments, which they will personalize and adopt by the end of the workshop.
In the final session, participants will share personal access-to-capital vignettes and discuss their individual and trio commitments with their trios. They will also be introduced to the wealth management ecosystem and a variety of race-equity focused investment options in each asset class. During the session, participants will explore and discuss this range of solutions. In addition, they will finalize their individual and trio action commitments, and they will plan the next actions they want to take based on their commitments.
Founder and Executive Director, The Impact Collective
Julia is a bold changemaker who works to leverage her privilege in the service of racial and economic justice. She is the founder of The Impact Collective, an organization that works to educate women about the racial wealth gap. Julia partnered with a small team of experts to create the Impact Collective Intensive Workshop on which this course is based.
President, Inclusion Impact Consulting
Janese is a seasoned DEI consultant and Leadership Facilitator with over 30 years of experience in human resources and more than 15 years of experience in diversity and inclusion. She consults with diversity and inclusion leaders to build sustainable strategies and practices to meet their organizational goals and objectives. Janese also conducts interactive workshops and facilitates small group discussion. A thought leader in the field, Janese has been quoted in top publications, including the Wall Street Journal and Fortune, and has been a presenter and panelist at various professional conferences.
COO, Momentum Advisors
Tiffany is a transformational, forward-looking C-suite executive and entrepreneur. She is the COO of Momentum Advisors, a minority-owned wealth management firm. In her role, Tiffany has employed culturally sound practices, attracted key clients, outperformed competitors, and maximized ROI. She is also a socially conscious champion of diversity/inclusion and women/minority leadership. As a result, Tiffany is a frequent presenter on innovative ESG strategy and implementation, entrepreneurship, and the equity of wealth across diverse factions, domestic and international.
CEO, ViableMkt, BondCliQ
Chris’s 24-year career in financial services has been primarily focused on market structure, technology and innovation. He is the founder and CEO of two companies, ViableMkts, an advisory firm that provides strategic guidance on financial technology and fixed income market structure and BondCliQ, a start-up company that is building an innovative central market system for corporate bonds. In addition to ViableMkts and BondCliQ, Chris is the founder and editor of the Friday Newsletter and a professor at the New York Institute of Finance and Columbia where he teaches a course in market structure mechanics and electronic trading.