Financial Empowerment in Post-Pandemic Los Angeles
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to adjust all aspects of our lives, from our health practices, to work culture, to even our financial decisions. This session will engage a group of subject matter experts to address the need for Los Angelenos to adjust their finances in several areas as we move both formally and informally into a post-pandemic era. The carefully selected panel will address a range of topics that will prepare participants to address their financial circumstances against the backdrop of multi-generational inequity. Discussion topics will include: the legacy of social and economic inequality; closing the wealth gap: homeownership options; the post-pandemic employment landscape; small business opportunities in Los Angeles; recession-proofing your future.
Arna Fulcher, moderatorPresident and CEO, Alford Consulting Group
Ms. Fulcher has more than 35 years of professional experience in the financial management field as a Chief Financial Officer. She is nationally recognized for her expertise in nonprofit financial management and an experienced financial management trainer. During her three decades as a financial leader in the small business, and nonprofit sector, she has managed in excess of $292 million in total assets and stands on a platform of financial transparency, integrity, accountability, and credibility. Ms. Fulcher owns Alford Consulting Group, Fulcher Freight Logistics, Forget-Me-Not Event Productions, Finishing Touch Janitorial Services, and Real Urban Media which have spanned in excess of 25 years in the entrepreneurial space.
Dr. Gena Davis, panelistPresident and CEO, Trusynergy, Saddler Consulting Group
Organizational Psychologist Dr. Davis is the founder and CEO of True Synergy, Inc., a boutique professional and organizational development consulting company based in Los Angeles, CA.
True Synergy specializes in corporate culture change, people operations,and behavioral transformation for high-growth and progressive companies nationwide. Dr. Davis is also an international speaker, executive coach, corporate trainer, author, and advocate for social change and equality. Having a strong belief in the Use of Self methodology, a focus on the intersectionality of race and gender, and a concentration on Self and Being for women, Dr. Davis launched her new social communication and media brand, Dr. Gena Yuvette Davis Media (aka Dr. Gena Media) in 2020.
Lioness J. Ebbay, Esq., panelistAssociate Attorney, Collins Law Group
Lioness has a background in Business Formations (LLCs and Corporations) and Estate Planning. Lioness is a graduate of UCLA and Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Lioness firmly believes that Estate Planning is for everybody. She is passionate about educating individuals in the community and empowering them to actively protect, their children, their families, in addition to their legacy and wealth. Lioness strives to provide personalized and professional counsel when addressing client issues and needs. Her continuous goal is to achieve peace of mind for her clients regardless of whether it is addressing a client concern or establishing a solid estate plan or business plan.
Delphine Pruitt, panelistVice President, Business Access Advisor, U.S. Bank
As VP, Business Access Advisor, Ms. Pruitt is driving sustainable growth and job creation for minority businesses. Prior, she was VP of Diverse Markets & Business Development Officer at Bank of the West where she oversaw community lending and diverse strategies for Southern California and Nevada markets. Ms. Pruitt founded Connect The Dots Consultants, which partners with mission driven organizations to accelerate their equity and inclusion journey by ensuring equity in the development of policies and programs. She spent nearly two decades executing multicultural and affordable lending strategies generating over $60 billion annually with Fannie Mae’s Housing and Community Development and Single Family Mortgage divisions.
Zerik Scales, panelistChief Executive Officer, Soul Your City
Zerik has been afforded the opportunity to design with intention to shape the urban landscape, as represented in his successful start-up businesses, Habitable Art a design build firm and Inkwell Development a Black owned real estate development company that curates spaces for Black livelihood. Since 2009, Zerik has acquired his general contractors license in the state of California and has personally constructed and designed 60+ housing projects in the Los Angeles area, injecting millions of dollars in the local economy with a keen focus on underserved communities.