Two-day event helped thousands of Chicagoans access financial resources and tools, connect with job opportunities

CHICAGO – This past weekend, Chicago City Treasurer Melissa Conyears-Ervin and BMO Financial Group hosted the “Building Wealth Today for Tomorrow Financial Empowerment Weekend” at the UIC Forum. The event combined the Treasurer’s two signature events – the Building Wealth Today for Tomorrow Financial Empowerment Summit and the Financial Services Career Fair. Over 1,500 Chicagoland residents took the opportunity to gain insights into the current financial trends, build relationships to obtain job opportunities within the financial services industry, join workshops on saving money, buying a home or starting a business, and access much more.

Special Thanks to the participating speakers

Daymond John

ABC's Shark Tank

Bill Rancic

NBC's Apprentice

MC Lyte

Philanthropist & Iconic Rapper

Alison Victoria

HGTV's Windy City Rehab

John Hope Bryant

CEO of Operation Hope

Dr. Lynn Richardson

Entertainment Executive & Financial Expert

Bonita Harrison

Sunshine Management

Christopher Posey


Catherine Okoroh

VP of Mortgage Lending

Ajay Bohra

Real Estate Broker

Alexis Hart McDowell, Esq.

Enterprise Esquire

Bevon Joseph

Executive Director, Greenwood Project

Jasmine E. Guy

Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at CCS Fundraising and President of NAAAHR Chicago

Monica Smith

RN Trinity Hospital

Marcoiya Fair

Vice President of Membership for the National Association of African Americans in HR (NAAAHR) Chicago Chapter.

Kelly Lopez-Clark

Vice President, AML/KYC - Chase Wealth Management

Leo Harmon

Senior Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, Portfolio Manager-Equity Management

Kina Arnold

Senior Attorney Office of the Public Guardian

Fellicia Foster

Managing Director, Head of U.S. People, Process, Change, Inclusion & Talent Integration

Shannon Stokes

Deputy General Counsel, Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services

Trez Pugh

Owner, Sip & Savor

Annie Seelaus

CEO, R. Seelaus & Co., Inc.

Whitney Hampton

Reginald (Reggie) F. Rush

Reginald (Reggie) F. Rush, Vice President - Client & Community Partnerships at DivIHN Integration Inc.

Financial Services Career Fair

Friday, September 30, 2022

10:00 am – 3:00 pm CT

UIC Forum

The Career Fair component will be full of career readiness workshops, and opportunities to engage with employers on-site, chat with career coaches, take updated professional headshots, participate in resume reviews, mock interviews, and much more!

Participating Employers include

BMO Harris Bank
Benefits To Go LLC
FCB Chicago 
Fifth Third Bank
First American Bank
Harold Washington College
Marquette Bank
Thompson Financial
and many more!

Financial Empowerment Summit

Saturday, October 1, 2022

10:00 am – 3:00 pm CT

UIC Forum

The Financial Empowerment Summit is a free in-person financial empowerment event tailored for all Chicagoland residents, small businesses, and entrepreneurs to provide access to capital, financial planning and credit building seminars, keys to homeownership and wealth building opportunities.

Features a Fireside Chat with

Daymond John
ABC’s Shark Tank

Bill Rancic
NBC’s first Apprentice

Premiere Partner

Presenting Partners

Participating Sponsors and Partners