PRESENT…

FinLit

Fest 2024

A first of it’s kind annual financial literacy music and business festival for middle and high school students.

Date

27th April, 2024

Venue

Clark Atlanta University

Bishop C.L. Henderson building

223 James P Brawley Dr NW

Atlanta, GA

Time

8am - 5pm

The Why

FREE for Students

What is FinLit Fest?

FinLit Fest, a nonprofit initiative through CoolKids Fund Inc. and Us or Else Inc., combines educational panel discussions with experts, entrepreneurs, students, and celebrities with inspirational musical performances, actionable sessions, KidPreneur booths, and networking opportunities.

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Teenage Students

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KidPreneur Booths

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Expert Panelists

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Music Performers

Spotlight Panelists

Tip ‘’T.I.‘’ Harris

38m+ Followers

T.I. is an Atlanta-born rapper, 3-time Grammy winner, actor, comedian, and entrepreneur known for his influential Southern hip-hop style. Beyond music, film, and business, he's a committed philanthropist, Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award winner, and advocate for social justice who continues to empower underprivileged communities.

Nikema Williams

44k+ Followers

Congresswoman Nikema Williams, the first Black woman to chair the Georgia Democratic Party, passionately advocates for justice, equity, and progress. Dedicated to empowering marginalized communities, she's committed to equipping the next generation with financial literacy tools for a prosperous future with the goal of impacting the wealth gap.

Troy Dennis

10k+ Followers

Troy Dennis, SVP and Head of Product for Fintech, Financial Inclusion & ESG at Mastercard, champions accessible finance for young minds. Committed to inclusivity and sustainability, he shapes global financial services. With a passion for financial literacy and social responsibility, he empowers the next generation to navigate their future.

TRAE THA TRUTH

4M+ FOLLOWERS

Trae Tha Truth, acclaimed rapper, business mogul, humanitarian, and nonprofit founder of Angel by Nature, joins FinLit Fest as a panelist. Beyond music, Trae champions financial literacy, leveraging his platform to educate and empower youth. He continues to mix art and activism in his home state of Texas as well as communities nationwide.

Arian Simone

4m+ Followers

Arian Simone, a trailblazing entrepreneur, author, and advocate for empowerment, embodies resilience and fearlessness. As the CEO of Fearless Magazine and co-founder of the Fearless Fund, she champions women and minority entrepreneurs. Arian inspires others to pursue their dreams and make an impact in the world.

JOHN HOPE BRYANT

3M+ Followers

John Hope Bryant, esteemed serial entrepreneur, activist, and founder of Operation HOPE, brings his passion for financial literacy to FinLit Fest. With a mission to empower youth, Bryant's keynote will inspire young minds with his journey and practical money management skills pave the way for a new generation of financially savvy kids.

Eszylfie Taylor

3M+ Followers

Eszylfie Taylor, a seasoned financial advisor, works with diverse clients like athletes, entertainers, and professionals. He simplifies financial planning, stressing applied knowledge's importance. As the president and founder of Taylor Insurance and Financial Services in Pasadena, CA, he empowers clients to make informed financial choices for their future.

Sponsors

Become a Sponsor

Sponsor FinLit Fest 2024 and position your brand as an enabler of economic empowerment, proactive poverty alleviation and functional communities, among other sustainable goals.

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Event Overview

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EDUTAINMENT FROM EXPERIENCED EXPERTS, ENTERTAINERS & SPONSORS

Panel discussions, workshops, and musical performances in-between sessions

TWO

NETWORKING & PROMOTING OF ENTREPRENEURS

On stage, booth, brochure, email/text blast, social media, & banner promotions​​

THREE

PROVIDE ACTIONABLE LIFE LEGACY & FINANCIAL LITERACY LESSONS​

Lessons on earning, budgeting, investing, real estate, credit, and business​​

Hosts

Host

Dr. Marlon Fuller

Dr. Marlon Fuller is the CEO, CoolKids.org and Creator of FinLit Fest. As a child growing up in a lower socioeconomic area with low-rated schools, Dr. Fuller went on to be the first in his family to go to college receiving his doctorate from the University of Connecticut School of Pharmacy. He and his wife Christina formed CoolKids.org as an outlet to help kids academically with an educational and financial need. He enjoys spending time with his family and dedicating his life to financial literacy education to help change the future.

Co-host

Thuy-An-Julien

Thuy-An Julien, a Grammy-winning entertainment and technology executive, leads Promotions at UnitedMasters. Previously, she held roles at Apple Inc., Time Inc., and Condé Nast Publications. At Apple, she spearheaded innovative marketing strategies and created the Urban Marketing department, boosting iTunes sales in the urban market. Julien's career includes positions at HipHopDX and Hartman's House, LLC. With over 15 years of experience, she has produced 70+ original albums and played a pivotal role in shaping digital music strategies.

Co-host

Aaliyah Duah

Aaliyah Duah is a 20-year-old recent HBCU graduate who founded Financial Revolution, a company dedicated to financial literacy. She is also a published author, an investor, and a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She has received numerous awards, including HBCU Entrepreneur of the Year, and was recognized by McDonald's as a 2023 McDonald's Black & Positively Golden Change Leader. Aaliyah is passionate about promoting financial empowerment and making financial education accessible for all.

Co-host

Layla Fuller

Music Performers

DOMANI

7.4M+ Followers

Translee

347k+ Followers

PBD Grey

2.3m+ Followers

Mickey Factz

241k+ Followers

Dex McBean

1.8m+ Followers

Charlie Rose

440 FOLLOWERS

Charlie Rose

DJ MLK

2.5m+ Followers

Renowned in the hip-hop industry, DJ MLK serves as T.I.'s official DJ and a key influencer within Grand Hustle Records. His acclaimed mixtapes and dedication to music innovation have solidified his status as a leading figure in the global music scene​. He is our official DJ for the FinLitFest 2024.

DJ MLK

Renowned in the hip-hop industry, DJ MLK serves as T.I.'s official DJ and a key influencer within Grand Hustle Records. His acclaimed mixtapes and dedication to music innovation have solidified his status as a leading figure in the global music scene

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Schedule of Events

Please note that Load-in and Setup begins on April 26th from 7pm to 12am

TIME
TITLE
SPEAKER/PERFORMER
MODERATOR
6-8am
Load in & Set up
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Team
8-9am
Student Sign-in, Breakfast & Visit Vendors
Music
DJ MLK
9-9:05am
Opening Remarks
Dr. Fuller
Dr. Fuller
9:05-9:20
Keynote
John Hope Bryant (Present Award)
Dr. Fuller
9:20-9:45am
Book Signing
John Hope Bryant
Dr. Fuller
9:45-10:20am
Session 1: Budget like a Boss
Royce Monroe, Chubb Rock and Dina Marto
Dr. Fuller
10:20-10:55am
Session 2 - Entrepreneurship
Sarae Addison, Lawrence Eggleston, and Alysha Harvey
Aaliyah Duah
10:55-11:10am
Performance
Mickey Factz
DJ MLK
11:10-11:50am
Session 3 - Creating a Legacy
Congresswoman Nikema Williams and Arian Simone
Thuy-An
11:50am-12:20pm
Lunch & Visit Vendors
Music
DJ MLK
12:20-12:35pm
Talent Show
Students
Aaliyah Duah
12:35-12:40pm
Second Keynote (Recording)
Surprise
Dr. Fuller
12:40-1:15pm
Session 4 - The Power of Education
Judge Asha Jackson, Chief Curtis Adams, and Lakesha Landers
Aaliyah Duah
1:15-1:50pm
Session 5 - Investing & Owning
Jarell Moten, Dawn Mabery Chestnut, and Chawn Payton
Dr. Fuller
1:50-2:05pm
Performance
Dex McBean
DJ MLK
2:05-2:20pm
Break
Music
DJ MLK
2:20-2:35pm
Session 6 - Mind, Body, and Money
Eszylife Taylor
Eszylife Taylor
2:35-3:10pm
Session 7 - Getting the Bag & Giving Back
Trae Tha Truth, Shawn Ray White, and Troy Dennis
Dr. Fuller
3:10-3:30pm
Performance
Translee & PBD Grey
DJ MLK
3:30-4:10pm
Session 8 - Millionaire Mindset
Tip 'T.I.' Harris
Layla
4:10-4:25
Performance
Domani
DJ MLK
4:25-4:30
Closing Remarks & Final Keynote
Dr. Fuller & Tip 'T.I.' Harris
Dr. Fuller & Tip
4:30-5pm
ATL Hawks Swag Bags w/ $10 Stock & Visit Vendors
Music
DJ MLK
5-6pm
Breakdown & Exit
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Team

The Outcomes

Empowering children with financial literacy can bridge the wealth gap by:

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Equipping them to make informed financial decisions

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Cultivating a future generation of financially empowered individuals

Three

Breaking cycles of poverty through education and opportunity

Four

Fostering a mindset of saving and investing

Five

Instilling lifelong money management skills

Partners

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