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Join Money Movement Founder, Manyell Akinfe-Reed for her four part series titled, Building a Foundation for Financial Success. When: Every Saturday in March 2015 March 7th  Fertile Ground: Establishing a Rich Mindset March 14th Budgeting &  Insurance March 21st Estate Planning with Attorney Elizabeth Grant of Grant Counsel March 28th […]

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Manyell L. Akinfe

Founder, The Money Movement
Manyell Akinfe’s career in financial services began while in search of a way to pay off her student loan and achieve homeownership, she was approached by a financial services representative. After meeting with the representative, she realized how little she knew about personal finance. Determined to improve her financial IQ and convicted to empower others to do the same, she left her career in luxury merchandising to pursue a career as a Financial Advisor. Staying true to her belief that an individual has a responsibility to uplift themselves, their family and then their community, she has been a financial presenter for the New York Urban League, NAACP, NYU Silver School of Social Work, WBLS Circle of Sisters and has facilitated a host of seminars for churches, community centers and non-profits. She is a regular radio show guest, including appearances on New York’s Hot 97 as well as several Blog Talk shows. 

She is a Reuters, CNBC and Black Enterprise Business Report contributor, a regular volunteer for the Emmanuel Community Economic Development Corporation, and serves as a Volunteer Coordinator for the World of Money.org. In addition to her public service, she has helped several clients reach their goals by providing sound investment advice, sharing creative budgeting strategies and offering realistic solutions to debt elimination. 

Despite her non-traditional beginnings, Manyell is a true financial literacy advocate.

She is currently the Director of Made to Measure and Custom Clothing at Saks Fifth Avenue and the key orchestrator and founder of The Money Movement, a social campaign designed to use pop culture to promote financial responsibility and increase the financial literacy of urban adults between the ages of 21-38. 


Ryan C. Mack

President Mid-Atlantic Region, Operation Hope  

Ryan Mack has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond.

In addition to being a financial advisor working with many prominent clients across the US, he charitably lends his support to inner-city communities by coordinating workshops and creating economic empowerment initiatives that teach the principles of understanding the power of financial literacy. Unions, churches, government-subsidized housing communities, municipal programs, nonprofits, inner-city organizations, international communities, and especially colleges and universities have benefited from the financial workshops/programs that he has developed and instructed through his financial company Optimum Capital Management. With a strong sense of philanthropy, he flew to South Africa to teach economic empowerment principles to those in need and has partnered with his District Attorney’s office to teach financial literacy to previously incarcerated community residents with the aim of lowering recidivism rates. 

He can be regularly viewed on television networks such as CNBC, CNN and BET discussing economic issues that impact American citizens. He has been profiled in Tavis Smiley’s Covenant in Action, co-authored The Black Male Handbook with Kevin Powell, was featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, and received Tom Joyner’s “Hardest Working Financial Advisor Award” because of his efforts to empower the community with the crucial life skills of financial literacy. 


Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche

President, CLD Financial Life LLC
Tiffany ‘The Budgetnista’ Aliche, a New Jersey native earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Montclair State University.  After graduation, she forwent a career in corporate America to teach undeserved youth in Newark, NJ. She later continued her education at Seton Hall University. Tiffany is a passionate teacher of financial empowerment and as a result started her own financial consulting company called CLD Financial Life LLC. CLD was created with the belief that the purpose of life is to live a life of service. Tiffany centers her service on helping others master their money. 

Tiffany began her journey to help empower communities through financial literacy by helping family and friends first and then extending her services to churches, schools, companies and various other organizations.

CLD Financial Life is the manifestation of her altruistic efforts to help others empower themselves financially. Keeping in line with the mission of CLD, Tiffany has written a 12-step easy budget guide book (The One Week Budget) written under the name The Budgetnista. 


Kim Allman

President, Allman Financial Planning, LLC
Kimberly V. Allman, Esq., a financial planner and a financial consultant, is the President of Allman Financial Planning, LLC. Ms. Allman helps clients take control of their financial lives and reach their financial goals through individual attention. She runs financial workshops and trainings to help educate individuals and businesses about money management. She also manages the foreclosure prevention program for the New York Mortgage Coalition, a non-profit focused on creating and maintaining affordable homeownership. 

Ms. Allman started her career as a securities lawyer, advising clients on a variety of investment products including hedge funds, private equity funds, mutual funds and real estate investment trusts. Ms. Allman received her AB in Psychology and Political Science from Duke University and her JD with a concentration in Advocacy from Cornell University Law School. She also has a certificate in financial planning from Boston University and an NCHEC Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling Certification. Ms. Allman serves on the board of the Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment and the New York City Housing Court Advisory Council. She is a member of the Financial Planning Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the Metropolitan Black Bar Association. Ms. Allman has been featured in Black Enterprise, Metro, Bankrate.com, Aol.com and ForbesWoman


S. Tia Brown

Journalist, Pop Culture Expert
You may recognize Tia’s face from CNN, E! or MSNBC. As an editor, writer and TV commentator, Tia has done everything from interviewing Alicia Keys and commenting on the alliances of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt to writing cover stories about Hollywood’s hottest as well as dispensing tips on personal finance. Tia’s work has appeared in a host of publications, including the New York Daily News, In Touch Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Teen People, Essence, Quince Girl, Black Enterprise, SET, AM New York, Startup Nation and Heart & Soul. Tia discovered her passion for journalism while taking a newspaper course at Phillipa Schuyler Middle School. The Brooklyn native went on to attend Howard University, where she wrote for the school’s Hilltop newspaper, and later graduated earning a bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies. After completing her studies Tia moved back to New York to attend Columbia University, where she received a master’s degree from Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. 

Tia’s first professional coup was with Time Inc., the nation’s largest publishing house. She worked her way up from interning at Entertainment Weekly to working in the entertainment department at Teen People, the No. 1 teen magazine at the time. After three years she moved up to In Touch Weekly, where she served as a Senior Editor. There her duties included editing, writing and representing the brand as an International Spokesperson. She is currently a writer and pop culture and lifestyle commentator. 

Tia’s passion for helping others and dispensing practical advice led to the creation of Do Better, Be Better (DBBB), an online weekly advice column.

Today, through DBBB, Tia also offers one-on-one coaching, workshops and more. Tia’s goal is to help her clients’ makes small decisions that can profoundly improve their lives. 


Shawn Howell

VP, Divisional Merchandising Manager of Men’s Clothing, Saks Fifth Avenue
Shawn Howell has spent his entire career in the fashion industry at Saks Fifth Avenue. He has moved through the ranks at the luxury retailer and is currently the VP Divisional Merchandise Manager of Men’s Tailored Clothing. Shawn oversees all facets of Men’s Tailored Clothing at the luxury retailer which represents a multi-million dollar sales volume annually. Shawn sits on the board of The Black Retail Action Group (BRAG). He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science from Florida State University and resides in Jersey City, New Jersey. 


Brian Norris

Director National Advertising Sales, Dish Network
Brian is Director of National Advertising Sales for Dish Network in New York City. Prior to joining Dish Network in 2008 to assist in opening a NYC office for the company, Brian worked as an Account Executive for MTV Networks and Lifetime Television during the first nine years of his career. Brian spends much of his free time doing community service. 

In August 2007, Brian spent 11 days in South Africa volunteering to help the underprivileged and under-served of that region.

Brian also Co-founded and is on the Board of Directors of DYDCOM, Inc., a non-profit organization whose mission is to focus on the health issues of minorities while giving scholarships to students from Brooklyn, NY who are studying or interested in pursuing a career in public health. Brian has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Advertising from Towson University and resides in Brooklyn, New York. 


Keith Saunders

Copywriter, Footsteps
For almost eight years, Keith has been using his love of words and ideas to create TV commercials, print ads and other types of brand communication for clients big and small. Currently, he is a copywriter at Footsteps, where he works on campaigns for Gillette, Nissan, Lowe’s, Smirnoff and Visa. Prior to Footsteps, Keith freelanced for two years at various ad agencies and worked on Coca-Cola, VH1, Reebok, The History Channel and DHL. 

Before freelancing, he worked at Cliff Freeman & Partners and created TV and radio work for Fox Sports Net, TBS, Quizno’s and Value City, among others. He was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia, has a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Virginia, and completed his Graduate Studies in Copywriting at the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. 


Jamal Reed

CEO, A Team Music Group
Born and raised in Philadelphia, at the age 17 Jamal was already on the Board of Directors for Germantown Settlement, a non-profit committed to uplifting youth in urban America. Jamal also served as Community Outreach Director for former classmate and long time friend, Malik Boyd’s campaign for Philadelphia State Representative. As CEO of A-Team Music Group and IgottaI films, Jamal travels from New York to Philly throughout the year to work on projects that will fill the void missing in Philadelphia youth. 

He is dedicated to exposing youth to alternatives to the streets and participates in The Optimum Institute’s Fight Against Recidivism, a movement to reduce national recidivism rates through economic empowerment.

Jamal volunteers his time to community centers and gyms throughout Philadelphia and can often be found sharing the skills he learned from being a professional boxer with an aspiring boxer.

THE LIST A-Listers understand the importance of financial literacy.

We're creating a trend of being financial responsible amongst young professionals.