Reggie Van Lee

I have navigated my career and philanthropy with the belief that for whom much is given, much is expected, especially when it comes to knowledge sharing in the Black community. I was an early member of Onyx community because I experienced our Sunday Sessions as a place where I could share, while learning from others who are equally committed to building wealth in the Black community. Onyx embodies the true meaning of “We are stronger together.”

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Kamille Stewart

As a first-generation Jamaican-American, I have been deeply impacted by financial ignorance and other barriers to intergenerational wealth. One of my clearest memories around finances was my mother filing for bankruptcy because she was not taught the foreign concept of credit. Many friends and family took advantage by accruing thousands of dollars of debt in her name. Through pro bono projects like the CLARO Consumer Debt Clinic, I have been able to help persons climb out of debt. However, through Onyx, my goal is to increase financial literacy providing our community with the tools to avert debt and build/retain wealth.

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Lawrence Bass

I enjoy being a part of the Onyx Black Wealth Collective because it provides an empowering community that fosters my financial growth and offers valuable resources for my personal development. Moreover, the collective's dedication to promoting economic equity and uplifting Black voices gives me a sense of purpose and solidarity among fellow members.

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Kevin Ozenne

I believe that the racial wealth gap is real and quantifiable. I want to partner with individuals who have a similar world view and “affect” change. That change starts by forming a community and doing the work so that we continuing to forge new pathways for black families.

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Paula Sneed

My commitment to civil rights, political activism, community, and nonprofit service was nurtured by my parents and fueled by my exposure to national and local civil rights leaders and social activists during the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. As an activist in college, I spent her first six years after graduating working in addiction, health care, and social service programs in Boston. I have spent most of my life as a mentor, advisor, and coach young adults. Even with 50 years experience in community engagement and philanthropy, Onyx provides a unique space for me to learn, share, and grow with a trusted Black community that is highly committed to increasing the wealth and freedom for our people.

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Audrey Hipkins

"Because I benefited from the advice of elders early in my career, I believe in the power of intergenerational learning. Having seen wealth, both financial and historical, lost when death occurs and seeing people grapple with making sound financial decisions, I love how Onyx provides a space to discuss these issues."

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Jerel Registre

“The Onyx Sunday Sessions has brought together an increasing number of impressive people looking to contribute to an inclusive community. I feel like I’ve found a place to meet people who recognize the value of open and honest conversation about the many facets of building generational wealth. The Onyx community provides a forum for members to engage, learn, and partner with each other to realize our aspirations of defining and achieving financial freedom.”

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Shawna Young

"Although I grew up in a middle class family with my parents owning a home and a business, However, I did not have a deep understanding of how to do the same for myself. I had a lot of questions and shame in not knowing what I did not know. Then, I finally gained the confidence to ask questions to my mentors who were making multiple financial investments, which skyrocketed my personal knowledge of how to build my personal financial wealth. This remarkable group became the founding members of Onyx."

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Imani Sowah

I am a recent college graduate, who was looking to learn how to build wealth at a young age. I joined Onyx because it aligns with my personal value of creating an intergenerational community that uplifts and supports one another. Within Onyx, I am dedicated to working with like-minded changemakers, particularly those who share a commitment to achieving higher levels of financial freedom for their communities and families, specifically within the Black community.

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