Differentiate income from wealth and determine a means to acquire wealth at the 35th Annual Conference on the Black Family. Hosted by the Hampton University School of Business, this year’s conference, “From Income to Wealth: Economic Development in the African American Community,” will be held March 20-22.
The conference covers a wide range of topics focused on advancing the black family. Session topics include global wealth creation, investments and entrepreneurships, community banking, the balance between work and family, and workplace challenges in the 21st century.
“We are now in a period of economic optimism, the Dow Jones Industrial Average is nearing 14,000 points, housing starts are up and the purchasing power of African- Americans is approaching 1 trillion,” stated HU School of Business Dean Sid H. Credle. “However, at the same time we find that our average wealth level is ridiculously low in comparison to the wealth levels of other ethnic groups.”
The conference will begin with an opening session on March 20 at 7 p.m. in Ogden Hall. At the session, this year’s Honored Black Family will be recognized, a tradition of the conference. Conference sessions will begin on March 21 in the HU Student Center and conclude with the closing luncheon on May 22.
This year’s conference speakers include Shawn Ricks, acting director of the International Trade Administration of the Department of Commerce and Margot James Copeland, executive vice president of Corporate Diversity and Philanthropy for KeyBank, and chair, KeyBank Foundation.
Conference seminars will feature representatives from the Urban League’s Black Executive Exchange Program (BEEP), the U.S. Department of Commerce, Premier Bank and the HU Small Business Incubator.
Since 1978, HU's Black Family Conference has created a forum for prevalent issues concerning the black family. HU President Dr. William R. Harvey saw a need for consistent dialogue in the African-American community and initiated the conference to fill the void. This year's conference is geared to maintain that legacy and to continue to educate the black community.
This year’s conference will cater to entrepreneurs, small business owners, investors, and those interested in increasing their savings and subsequently, investing for the future.
The Conference on the Black Family is open to the public. The early registration deadline is March 8 and the early registration fee is $40. Registration after March 8, is $55 and $25 for mature adults age 55 and older and military. Cost to attend the closing luncheon separately is $35 per person.
To register online for this event please visit, http://events.hamptonu.edu/cbf. For more information or to register by phone, please call (757) 727-5472.