Noted Financial Expert and Author Ryan Mack Hosts “A Conversation with Black America” and Economic Security Town Hall at Medgar Evers College, Oct. 25 & 27

Ryan Mack

Ryan Mack, noted author, financial commentator, and President of Optimum Institute of Economic Empowerment, shall moderate two groundbreaking discussions on Oct. 25 and Oct. 27, 2011 at Medgar Evers College. Both events are free and open to the public.

On October 25, he hosts “A Conversation with Black America,” co-hosted by Black Enterprise and Medgar Evers College, from 1 pm to 3pm at the EOJ Auditorium in Academic Building I – 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225. Moderated by Mack, the panel discussion shall gather together a collection of the two extreme demographics in the Black community, the “haves” – doctors, lawyers, CEOs – and the “have-nots” – welfare recipients, the homeless, the formerly incarcerated – to have a candid discussion of what needs to be done to improve the economic conditions that exist within the Black community. With so much emphasis on what the President has or has not done to advocate and/or improve economic conditions for African-Americans, this conversation will attempt to shift the conversation off of the President and on to the more necessary conversation of what we can do for ourselves to produce tangible solutions.

On October 27, Mack hosts a town hall meeting to launch his eight-city “Less Talk…More Action” Economic Security Tour at 7 pm at the EOJ Auditorium in Academic Building I – 1638 Bedford Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225. The “Less Talk…More Action” Economic Security Tour focuses on using financial literacy as a primary tool of empowerment for the Black community. This unique approach expands financial literacy to also include unemployment, incarceration, and education with specific focus on: improving financial literacy rates in African-American communities; reducing unemployment rates in African-American communities; and reducing mass incarceration rates in African-American communities. The event is co-hosted by Golden Krust Bakery and the NAACP-NYCH Branch with national partnership by Medgar Evers College and Urban Financial Solutions Coalition.

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A special thanks to the George Soros Open Society Foundations for their sponsorship –

About Ryan Mack

Ryan Mack has a life mission to build and develop a durable financial empire geared towards educating his community and beyond. Ryan Mack graduated from the University of Michigan Business School (ranked number one in the country) with a concentration in Finance. His career in equity markets began in Detroit, Michigan as a stock trader and later as a trader for the largest NASDAQ trading firm in the nation, Knight Securities. Having a passion for teaching he established his own financial awareness group in 2003 where he began to publish regular newsletters about various financial related issues that were of interest to people from all income levels. In addition to being a financial advisor working with many prominent clients across the U.S., he charitably lends his support to inner-city communities by coordinating workshops and creating economic empowerment initiatives that teach the principles of understanding the power of financial literacy. Unions, churches, government-subsidized housing communities, municipal programs, nonprofits, inner-city organizations, international communities and especially colleges and universities have benefited from the financial workshops/programs that he has developed and instructed through Optimum Capital Management.

As a renowned public speaker he has provided keynote presentations to organizations across the country such as Harvard University, Columbia University, Princeton University, NAACP, National Association of Real Estate Brokers, Housing Preservation and Development, National Urban League, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, National Black MBA Association and many others, Microsoft Corporation, HSBC, KPMG, Johnson and Johnson, Six Flags, and Deutsche Bank. With a strong sense of philanthropy he flew to South Africa to teach economic empowerment principles to those in need and has partnered with the local District Attorney’s office to teach financial literacy to previously incarcerated community residents with the aim of lowering recidivism rates. He can be regularly viewed on television networks such as GMTV, CNBC, CNN, Thomson Reuters, and BET discussing economic/social issues that impact American citizens. Ryan has also authored his book “Living in the Village”; has been profiled in Tavis Smiley’s Covenant and Action (a New York Times Bestseller); co-authored a book with Kevin Powell entitled “The Black Male Handbook”; featured in Black Enterprise, African American Family, The Source & NV Magazine; contributes regularly to, The Network Journal, Fortune, and Black Enterprise; received the Top 40 Ander 40 Achievement Award from The Network Journal; was inducted by Medgar Evers College (where he currently serves as a board member) into its national honor society PI ETA KAPPA as a honorary member; and received Tom Joyner’s “Hardest Working Financial Advisor Award” because of his efforts to empower the community with the crucial life skills of financial literacy. Whether he is counseling a group of doctors at a convention or in Rikers Island providing a free course Ryan Mack’s comprehensive, exciting approach to teaching economic empowerment to all income levels has generated a level of much needed interest in a volatile economy.

About Medgar Evers College, CUNY

Medgar Evers College was founded in 1970 through the efforts from educators and community leaders in central Brooklyn. The College is named after Medgar Wiley Evers, a Mississippi-born black civil rights activist who was assassinated on June 12, 1963. The College is divided into four schools: The School of Business; The School of Professional and Community Development; The School of Liberal Arts and Education; and The School of Science, Health, and Technology. Through these Schools, the College offers 29 associate and baccalaureate degree programs, as well as certificate programs in fields such as English, Nursing, and Accounting. Medgar Evers College also operates several co-curricular and external programs and associated centers such as the Male Development and Empowerment Center, the Center for Women’s Development, the Center for Black Literature, and The DuBois Bunche Center for Public Policy.