5th Annual African American Briefing for Financial Professionals

Cheryl Pearson McNeil

A international delegation from Urban Financial Services Coalition will meet in Washington, D.C. March 23-25, 2015 for the 5th Annual African American Briefing for Financial Professionals.  This year’€™s briefing will include many new opportunities for you to meet and learn from business, governmental and industry leaders in the financial services industry.


Sunday, March 22, 2015
1:30 PM -€“ 5:00 PM  Newseum €” a 250,000-square-foot museum of news offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits. The featured exhibits are the €œMake Some Noise: Students and the Civil Rights Movement and €œ1964: Civil Rights at 50.€  The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20001, (the intersection of Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC, on America’s Main Street between the White House and the U.S. Capitol and adjacent to the Smithsonian museums on the National Mall).
5:30 PM – Dinner at Matchbox Restaurant, 1713 H Street NW, Washington, DC 20001
Monday, March 23, 2015
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Capitol Hill Visitor Center, First St SE, Washington, DC 20515
Briefing from Government Leaders
Roundtable Discussions including International experts.
11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Leadership Luncheon: Resilient, Receptive, and Relevant: The Power of the African American Consumer – featuring Cheryl Pearson-McNeal, SVP, U.S. Strategic Community Alliances and Consumer Engagement, Nielsen.
5:30 PM – 7:00 PM Evening Reception, Washington Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC. Sponsored by American Bankers Association (Registered Attendees Only)
Tuesday, March 24, 2015
8:00 AM – 9:00 AM White House Tour (Registration Closed)
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM White House Briefing
11:00 AM -1:30 PM CFPB Meeting
1:30 PM – 6:00 PM Capitol Hill Briefing, Capitol Hill Visitor Center, First St. SE, Washington, DC 20515
6:45 PM Networking Dinner at Georgia Brown’s: Georgia Brown’€™s restaurant is a Washington D.C. favorite for visitors and natives of the Washington D.C. Chef Bryan Yearly, Georgia Brown’€™s Executive Chief, brings together the cooking influences of Africans, the French Huguenots, and the Sephardic Jews from Portugal and Spain to provide attendees a uniquely diverse and history rich southern cuisines to enjoy while networking. **Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to dinner and the cost of dinner**
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
8:00 AM -€“ 4:00 PM  Think Tank – State of Minority Professionals in the Financial Services Industry Forum
Featured Speakers:

  • Sheila Clark,€“ Director of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors Office of Diversity and Inclusion
  • Pamela A. Gibbs, Director of the Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Valerie J. Van Meter, Senior Vice-President, Equal Employment Opportunity Officer, and Director, Office of Minority and Women Inclusion, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Catherine Winter, DiverseCity OnBoard at Maytree Foundation

Location: American Bankers Association Building, 1120 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20036

2014 Event Highlights

 Andrew Garrett

Kevin Brown

 James Parks