Shanelle Gabriel is a singer, poet, and an advocate for Lupus Awareness. She has toured nationally and internationally, hitting cities from Hawaii to Johannesburg, South Africa with her inspirational blend of spoken word and soulful singing. Widely known for her performance on HBO’s Def Poetry Jam alongside Jill Scott and DMX, she has shared the stage with artists such as Eric Benet, Talib Kweli, Nas, and more. Shanelle was spotlighted on the Rachael Ray Show, featured in Women’s Health Magazine and by Listerine and Wal-Mart in the “Your Mouth Matters” campaign. She competed in both the National and Individual World Poetry Slams, and was the narrator for Jennifer Hudson’s “I Got This” audiobook. Check her out at www.shanellegabriel.com.
Shanelle will be performing her poetry.
Jared Clemons, Civics & Economics Co-Chair, is a Louisiana native who now calls Brooklyn home. Upon graduating from Louisiana State University in 2010, Jared accepted a job at JPMorganChase as an operations analyst. He joined the New York Urban League Young Professionals in April 2014, and has been a member of the Civics & Economics Committee since joining the League.
Jared received his Master’s Degree in Elections & Campaign Management from Fordham University in August 2014, and is planning to continue his education as a Political Science PhD Candidate in Fall 2016. He has a keen interest in electoral politics, social policies and understanding government institutions. Jared’s hobbies include going to the movies, mixology and reading books about historical figures.
Jared will be discussing Excel and providing high level tips on how to improve your skills.
Dariana Colon-Bibb graduated from Spelman College in 2010 with a Bachelors of Arts in English Studies. She has worked in the media, education and fashion/beauty industries over the course of ten years in various assistantships, internships and company positions. In 2012, she founded the public relations and brand management company, Rebelle Agency, to inspire creative vision for brands and campaigns..
Dariana’s tenacity and natural ability to develop relationships in diverse social settings is in part due to her matriculation at the boarding high school, Phillips Academy Andover and growing up in Harlem, NY. She credits her passion for people and her upbringing for her entrepreneurial spirit.
She currently lives and works in New York City while building Rebelle Agency and future companies
Dariana will discuss the importance of networking!
Dara Kalima, poet and author of “Black Man, Black Woman, Black Child”, is a loud and proud Bronx resident. Dara received her BA in from SUNY Purchase and later pursued her MA in Educational Theater from NYU. As a poet Dara Kalima has performed on several stages across New York including Bowery Poetry Café, the Nuyorican, and Bush Baby. She will be featured on Let Your Voice Be Heard on Sunday, January 24th and has previously been featured on WBAI’s Ppectives and Inspired Word’s We Heart NYC Writers. As an artist, Dara believes in addressing the difficult and taboo topics to create discussion, promote healing, and encourage critical thought within her community and across cultures. To learn more about her work or contact her please visit: www.darakm.com
Dara will be discussing the life of self-publishing.
Kevin L. Matthews II is a licensed financial advisor, author, and speaker. After obtaining the FINRA Series 7 and Series 66 licenses in 2014, Kevin joined Capital One Investing as a financial advisor in New York City where he has helped hundreds of individuals plan for their retirement and send their children and grandchildren to college.
In 2010, Kevin launched BuildingBread, a wealth education organization specializing in financial literacy and empowerment catered to young adults and college students. Kevin regularly speaks to young adults across the country and has been featured in several media publications and productions including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, LearnVest, The Oklahoma Eagle, NAACP Student Connect, A Measure of Truth radio show, and many others.
During his final year of college, he published Brick Theory, a riveting handbook for young adults about the basics of financial literacy. His second book, Starting Point: How To Create Wealth That Lasts, has been selected as the personal finance textbook for multiple high schools throughout the country.
Prior to his current role, Kevin worked with organizations including Google, ING Investments, and Teach for America (Dallas). Kevin holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Hampton University and is a candidate for the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) designation through Northwestern University.
Kevin will be discussing how to build financial freedom.