Tell us a little about yourself and what you do?
I’m the CEO and founder of Empify. We are a start-up financial literacy program, based in Philadelphia, that shows adults and children how to build wealth.
Our mission at Empify is to educate, empower, and modify the mindset of every individual, by inspiring them to achieve career, life, and financial success. We have programs for children, middle school, high school, and college students in Atlanta, Philadelphia, and New York.
Over 5,000 students have been impacted by our financial education programs. Our focus is showing students how to save money, make money, and invest money. For adults, we are like the Netflix of finance, as we just launched our app, that gives you access to over 100 hours of financial education tools and resources.
How did you get started?
I was born in Philadelphia, and all I wanted to do was make a lot of money and have nice clothes. I never wanted to be an entrepreneur, but I had dreams of working on Wall Street. I went to Howard University, majored in Finance, and had 4 internships, 3 at Wall Street investment banks. I graduated landing my dream career working for one of the biggest banks in the world. Helping individuals who have $25 million or more, manage their money.
After about 8 months of my career, I realized this is something we are using every day in our lives, that is not being taught in the school system. I wanted to take the information that Wall Street and Howard University gave me and give it to people that Wall Street would not talk to.
We want to bring financial education back into our school system by programming in over 100 Schools across this country. Most importantly, we want to put financial education back into the household by showing adults and children how to build wealth together.