18th Rainbow/PUSH WALL STREET PROJECT in NYC January 13-15th

By Gloria Dulan-Wilson

Hello All:

Well, we're now officially in 2015, and January has started off on rollerblades!!  This month is going to be non-stop!  Especially since the Rev. Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coaliton's Wall Street Project is Tuesday, January 13th  through January 15th this year!  So get ready to be engaged, informed,  involved and empowered from the beginning to the end of this year.


In light of the most recent events that have transpired on a national and local basis, this will be a pivotal event in helping Black people develop an even more impactful agenda for economic parity and control of the considerable assets that flow through our communities into the hands of others.  

Rev. Jackson works tirelessly in coordinating this conference, and his staff of researchers bring experts from every quarter of the world to provide cutting edge information in advance of the media to African Americans.  

His contention that while the Civil Rights issues are of major importance, African Americans have been egregiously discriminated against when it comes to money, finance and economics, has been the hallmark of his focus, and is as true today, as it was when he first announced the establishment of the Wall Street Project nearly 20 years ago.  

In a recent interview, I asked Rev. Jackson about the viability of HBCUs in the future of education and career development for African Americans.  He responded that HBCUs have an even greater role to play as incubators for Black entrepreneurs, business leaders and should be provided the financial wherewithal to expand as much as Ivy League institutions have done.  He also commented that African American families, now, more than ever should look to these institutions to provide key mentoring roles, as well as academic programs.  Rev. Jackson, who graduated from North Carolina A & T University in Greensboro, NC, speaks from experience about the intrinsic value of having attended an HBCU in his formative years.  He additionally commented that Black Greek Letter Fraternities and Sororities are viable avenues for investment and financial equity development. 

Rev. Jackson, who was to leave shortly on a fact-finding tour of Africa, starting in Nigeria, also spoke of the need for more cooperative coordination between Africans and African Americans in the future economic development of Africa, and the building of business relations between the diaspora and the homeland.  He also expressed concern that the "ebola scare" was a tactic to drive development and relationships away from Africa. 

URGENT: NEW CALL IN NUMBER 605-475-3220  Journalist Teleconference with Rev. Jesse Jackson  | Tuesday, December 16th 12noon 
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18th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit.
“Where Wall Street, Main Street & Silicon Valley Converge”

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­WHAT:           The RainbowPUSH Wall Street Project 18th Annual Wall Street Project Economic Summit.

“Where Wall Street, Main Street & Silicon Valley Converge” 

  • Rev. Jesse L. Jackson Founder and President, RainbowPUSH Coalition and The Wall Street Project
  • Participants include:
  • Earl G. (Butch) Graves, Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer, Black Enterprise
  • James Reynolds, Jr., Co-Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Loop Capital Markets
  • Mayor Ras Baraka, Newark
  • Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, Pastor, Abyssinian Baptist Church
  • Cloves C. Campbell, Jr., Chair, National Newspaper Publishers Association (NNPA)
  • Cynthia D. DiBartolo, Esq., Chief Executive Officer, Tigress Financial Partners LLC and Chairperson, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce
  • Alfred C. Liggins, Chief Executive Officer and President, Radio One, Inc./TV One, LLC
  • John W. Rogers, Jr., Chairman, CEO & Chief Investment Officer, Ariel Investments, LLC
  • Clifford C. Swint, Executive Vice President, Capital Markets, MFR Securities, Inc.
  • Rakim Allah, Hip Hop Artist
  • Erick Sermon, President, Def Squad Enterprises
  • Rodney Ellis, Texas Senator
  • Mrs. Roslind McLymont, Editor- In-Chief, The Network Journal
  • Allison Bernstein, Diversity Markets Program Manager, Google
WHEN:                       Tuesday, January 13, 2015- Thursday, January 15, 2015
WHERE:                    The Sheraton Time Square | 811 Seventh Avenue at 52nd Street, New York, NY, 10019

Summit Highlights:
Black Enterprise Magazine will present “The 40 Best Companies for Diversity” during the opening day’s joint Wall Street Project/Black Enterprise luncheon.

The Wall Street Project’s Asset Management Study will be released at the summit during the “Money Where It Matters: Managing Corporate, Endowment and Foundation Funds” session which features data on the utilization of MWBE asset management firms by corporations and foundations. 

The full agenda can be found online at 

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The following are some of the highlights of an agenda rich three day conference.  For more in depth information and schedule, log on to www.rainbowpushwallstreetproject.org

Earl G. (Butch) Graves, Jr., President & Chief Executive Officer, Black Enterprise; Rev. Jesse L. Jackson, Sr., Founder and President, Rainbow PUSH Coalition

NY TECH MEETUP (NYTM)  Silicon Harlem and NY Tech Meetup will co-host this special session of the NY Tech Meetup where attendees can view and participate in live demos from companies developing great technology in New York City.

MONEY WHERE IT MATTERS: MANAGING CORPORATE, ENDOWMENT & FOUNDATION FUNDS Introduction of Wall Street Project Asset Management study.  In addition to the release of this information, the session will feature a conversation about ways to improve the utilization of MWBE minority asset management firms.  

Many professional athletes experience economic challenges after their days of competition on the field have ended. These individuals
are often unprepared for their financial futures and are not always provided with appropriate guidance regarding investments, planning and financial security. Yet there are various ways for these high profile individuals to maximize their brand, exposure and platform, and turn them into significant and meaningful ventures that can serve them well in the post-career pursuits.  This forum will engage athletes, agents and executives in a conversation on economic opportunities both within the multi-billion dollar sports industry as well as within the business world around the country and abroad. We will discuss the paths of sports figures as businessmen, executives, philanthropists, community leaders and entrepreneurs, and have meaningful dialogue on how critical it is for athletes to develop a game plan for success After the Cheering Stops.  Speakers include
Chris Bryant,   Matt Gutierrez,Dr. David E. Martin, Tracy McGrady,  Deon Strother, among others. 

BUSINESS OF HIP HOP - EXAMINING NEXT STEPS: As the Hip Hop Union celebrates its 5th Anniversary, this session will focus on solution driven action that reviews the conversations of the past five years, analyzes present opportunities and identifies future initiatives that will strengthen the Entrepreneurs and Citizens of the Hip Hop Community in the areas of politics, economics and entertainment.  Moderator: Shawn Granberry, Chief Executive Officer, Watch Now Networks, Inc.

Panelists:   Rakim Allah, Hip Hop Artist; Rah Digga Hip Hop Artist; Ed Lover, Vice President, Hip Hop TV, LLC; Freeway Rick Ross; Erick Sermon, President, Def Squad Enterprises; Tony Neal, The Core DJs; P. Frank Williams, Chief Executive Officer, Phophet From It Entertainment

FAITH & COMMUNITY LEADERS’ SESSION With a focus on access to capital for churches and community development corporations and initiatives, this session will examine what faith-based communities can do to promote financial literacy as a means to achieve economic justice and how they can effectively work with banking institutions on partnerships that stabilize and invest in their communities and create housing, businesses, and jobs.  This session will cover topics such as the ABC’s of how churches can secure funding, mortgage loans and loan modifications, to opportunities for churches to become the recipients of gifted properties (REO) within their communities for essential mission projects.

This session is a follow up of last year’s “Africa Investment Opportunities Forum” and the recent Inaugural “African Economic Expansion Summit” held in Durban South Africa. Panelists will discuss Africa’s continuing tremendous business opportunities not only in oil, gas and natural resources, but also in areas such as energy, telecommunications, technology, entertainment, construction, financial services, and tourism in their respective countries/sectors. This forum will also provide an opportunity to outline US trade policy towards Africa.

Make it your business to be present and involved in this pivotal conference that has been on the cutting edge of information for Black businesses and entrepreneurs for nearly 20 years.  2015 must be the year we begin consolidating the trillions of dollars that flow through the Black community and into other hands, to do otherwise shows that we've learned nothing.  

Stay Blessed & 
Gloria Dulan-Wilson
www.gloriadulanwilson.blogspot.com/ECLECTICALLY BLACK NEWS 


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