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Blacks in Finance: A Rich History

Streamed Live

December 15, 2020

12 noon EST/ 11 a.m. CST/ 10 a.m. MST/ 9 a.m. PST

African Americans’ role in finance dates back to the turn of the century. These early pioneers helped to pave the way with the establishment of black banks, insurance companies, hotels and hair care companies. In fact, Frederick Douglas was made president of the Freedman’s Bank, the first national African American bank just before its untimely end due to mismanagement from their white board of directors. The 1930s and 1940s brought other firsts, but it would not be until the 1970s that more progress was made. This panel Blacks in Finance: A Rich History is a moderated discussion hosted by CNBC’s Sharon Epperson that covers this subject through the lives of today’s finance leaders. Epperson is joined by a panel of successful leaders and entrepreneurs including the founder of Smith Graham, Gerald Smith, co-founder of Fairview Capital Partners, Laurence Morse, the founder, chairman, and CEO of Ariel Investments, John Rogers, Jr. along with Black Enterprises’ Editor in Chief, Derek Dingle. The discussion also features a Q&A session with questions from The HistoryMakers BusinessMakers Advisory Committee. Don’t miss out on this fascinating insight into the world of black finance.  

This 90-minute program is scheduled to stream on YouTube at 12:00 noon EST on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 as the fifteenth installment of The HistoryMakers 20@2020: 20 Days and 20 Nights Convening and Celebration.


Priscilla Hill-Ardoin Founder and Preisdent, The Aaron Ardoin Foundation for Sickle Cell Research and Education (AAF)
Priscilla Hill-Ardoin
Founder and Preisdent
The Aaron Ardoin Foundation for Sickle Cell Research and Education (AAF)
Dorothy Terrell Founder & Managing Partner, FirstCap Advisors
Dorothy Terrell
Founder & Managing Partner
FirstCap Advisors 
Deborah C. Wright Former Chairman & CEO, Carver Bancorp, Inc.
Deborah C. Wright
Former Chairman & CEO
Carver Bancorp, Inc. 







Advisory Board

Rodney C. Adkins  President, 3RAM Group
Rodney C. Adkins 
3RAM Group 
John Butler Professor, Red McCombs School of Business, The University of Texas at Austin
John Butler
Red McCombs School of Business
The University of Texas at Austin 
Valentino Carlotti Executive Vice President, Global Head of Business, Sotheby's
Valentino Carlotti
Executive Vice President
Global Head of Business, Sotheby's 
Tony Chase Chairman and CEO, ChaseSource LP
Tony Chase
Chairman and CEO
ChaseSource LP
Tony Coles Chairman and CEO, Yumanity Therapeutics
Tony Coles
Chairman and CEO
Earl Butch Graves Jr.  President & CEO, Black Enterprise Magazine
Earl Butch Graves Jr. 
President & CEO
Black Enterprise Magazine 
James Lowry  Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group, Inc.
James Lowry 
Senior Advisor
The Boston Consulting Group, Inc. 
Ray McGuire  Global Head, Corporate and Investment Banking, Citigroup Inc.
Ray McGuire 
Global Head
?????Corporate and Investment Banking
Citigroup Inc. 

Ralph Moore  President, Ralph G. Moore Associates
Ralph Moore 
Ralph G. Moore Associates 
Marc Morial  President, National Urban League
Marc Morial 
National Urban League 
Charles Phillips  CEO, Infor
Charles Phillips 
John W. Rogers, Jr.  Chairman and CEO, Ariel Investments, LLC.
John W. Rogers, Jr. 
Chairman and CEO
Ariel Investments, LLC.
Steven Rogers Senior Lecturer of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Steven Rogers
Senior Lecturer of Business Administration
Harvard Business School
Frederick O. Terrell Vice Chairman of Investment Banking, Credit Suisse
Frederick O. Terrell
Vice Chairman of Investment Banking
Credit Suisse 
Benaree Wiley  Principal, The Wiley Group
Benaree Wiley 
The Wiley Group 
Barry Lawson Williams  Former lead director & president, PG&E Corporation
Barry Lawson Williams 
Former lead director & president
PG&E Corporation 



Derek Dingle  Senior Vice President & Chief Content Officer, Black Enterprise Magazine
Derek Dingle 
Senior Vice President & Chief Content Officer
Black Enterprise Magazine