As an award-winning journalist with ten years of experience in personal finance and small business reporting, I founded Brass City Media to combine two of my passions—creating compelling content and helping my community.
At a young age, my mother taught me all about saving money. From clipping coupons to searching for sales, being a smart shopper was always part of my daily routine. In high school and college, I began giving financial advice to my friends. How to save a paycheck, applying for a credit card, paying off debt—I was the go-to source for anything related to money among my peers.
Through these early experiences, I realized that there was a tremendous need to educate my generation about financial literacy. Not only did we need to learn how to manage our money, but we also needed to learn it through content that was both culturally and generationally relevant. Thus, after receiving my Master’s (MS) in Print Journalism from Boston University, I began working for BLACK ENTERPRISE, the premier business, investing and wealth-building resource for African Americans.
I worked my way up to editor of the magazine’s second largest franchises—Wealth for Life and Financial Fitness. In this role, I led the development of multimedia content, including print features, digital articles, an online homebuyer’s guide, a weekly financial empowerment series called Wealth for Life Wednesdays and an online video series about young entrepreneurs. I was also an on-air correspondent for the nationally-syndicated television show, Our World with Black Enterprise, and contributed to JET and Essence Magazine.
Through these endeavors, I became passionate about crafting content that educated, empowered and inspired young people to boost their financial literacy. I also found that my audience was incredibly receptive to the materials I was producing and won a number of awards in the industry.
In 2013, I was honored by the National Association of Black Journalists with a Salute to Excellence Award for General Reporting for my 2012 BLACK ENTERPRISE cover story, “BE Next: Masters of Design,” which revealed a new generation of innovators who are using their vision and talent to position industries for the 21st century. I also won a Salute to Excellence Award for Single Topic Series for my work on “BE Financial Fitness Contest.”
To continue creating meaningful content that educates diverse communities, I founded Brass City Media in 2014. We specialize in developing content marketing strategies specifically for the financial services industry.
Outside of my work at Brass City Media, I am deeply committed to giving back to my community. In fact, that’s why I named Brass City Media after my hometown of Waterbury, Connecticut. Throughout my professional journey, there have been many people who have assisted and mentored me along the way. Now, I strive to help young people develop their skills and leverage them into professional careers. I have led volunteer efforts in both Connecticut and in my current community of New York City, which focus on financial literacy, entrepreneurship, journalism and technology.
I am the co-director of FIRST TAKE, a high school journalism program sponsored by the New York Association of Black Journalists. We teach students how to write and report news stories, shoot and edit video, produce a TV newscast, and learn how to use social media to support their local news coverage.
I am also a 2017 Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses and Tory Burch Scholar and the Vice President of their Scholar Alumni Association.