A new conference to help tackle financial disparities in BIPOC communities through education will be hosted in Chicago this coming summer.
Mindset2Money, a Madison-based holistic financial literacy education organization, will hold its first-of-its-kind Generation Wealth Conference in Chicago this coming May. Veronica Barnes, founder of Mindset2Money, continues her work to address financial literacy gaps and help BIPOC communities build wealth with her summer conference.
The conference will focus on empowerment through practical financial literacy learning, career navigation, community building and networking, engaging youth and exploring strategies to build assets to keep wealth within communities. Barnes points to the COVID-19 pandemic bringing issues in financial disparities to the forefront as an inflection point as to why wealth literacy matters more than ever.
“The pandemic exposed these inequities like never before, highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive financial literacy education and strategies to create generational wealth,” Barnes said.
Barnes strives to dismantle the financial barriers for BIPOC communities. Barnes co-hosted Madison’s first ever Wealth Literacy Conference in May 2023. While another Wealth Literacy Conference is scheduled this year, Barnes wants to capitalize on the success from last conference with the new one in Chicago.
But it’s not just about attendance; for Barnes, it’s about the impact it can make on others’ lives and growing generational skills to strengthen families and communities.
“This conference isn’t just about numbers,” Barnes said. “It’s about individuals achieving their full potential, strengthening communities, and leaving a legacy for future generations. It’s time to shift the conversation and build a system where wealth isn’t a privilege, but a shared reality.”
The conference is open to students 16 and older, with a parent or chaperone, and families are intended to attend together to build wealth literacy skills together. High school students are strongly encouraged to attend, but the conference is open to all who want to learn how to make informed financial decisions and engage with the community.
The Generation Wealth Conference will be held on May 4 at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Dr., in Chicago from 8:30-3:30 p.m.