Founder’s Message

My name is Sandy Smith and I am a financial lifestyle expert. I believe in educating others so that they never make financial mistakes and can live their best lives. Through my site, Yes, I Am Cheap, I have taught thousands of people how to improve their financial circumstances and my aim is to help hundreds of financial influencers of color do the same.

 

In 2013 I read statistics which detailed how African Americans were faring financially post the Great Recession. What I learned was that although the entire country was hurting, people of color were completely left behind. I formed the Elevate Community to raise awareness and shine a greater light on the financial issues that people of color face. The 230+ members of the Elevate Community group is comprised of financial professionals, teachers, writers, bloggers and educators of color who are committed to improving the financial lives of people of color.

Who We Are

Who We Are

Collaboration not competition.

The Elevate Community currently has over 230 members who are finance professionals, writers, CFP’s, CPA’s, bloggers and other influencers of color who are dedicated to improving the financial lives of people of color.

Our Steering Committee

Owner, The Budgetnista

Tiffany ``The Budgetnista`` Aliche

Owner, The Budgetnista

Owner, The Budgetnista

Tiffany ``The Budgetnista`` Aliche

Owner, The Budgetnista

Tiffany “The Budgetnista” Aliche is often referred to as the Black Suze Orman. A bestselling author of The One Week Budget (#1 Amazon) and the Live Richer Challenge (#1 Amazon), Tiffany is also a blogger, speaker and award-winning teacher of engaging financial education.

Tiffany also launched a FREE, online financial resource called the LIVE RICHER Challenge. It’s purpose is to help women achieve specific financial goals each year. So far it’s helped over 50,000+ women in all 50 states and over 70 countries save millions dollars + and pay off hundred’s of thousands of dollars in debt.

Founder, Phroogal

Jason Vitug

Founder, Phroogal

Founder, Phroogal

Jason Vitug

Founder, Phroogal

Jason Vitug is a financial motivator, lifestyle engineer, and social impact entrepreneur. As the founder of Phroogal, a financial education startup and lifestyle brand, Jason is empowering a generation to live their dream lifestyle through financial knowledge.

In 2012, Jason left his senior executive job to find his purpose. That turned into a 20 country backpacking trip around the world. After returning, he successful raised $78,501 through crowd funding for his passion project.

Jason is the creator of award winning project The Road to Financial Wellness. In 2015, Jason and his team drove 10,218 miles and participated in 37 financial wellness events attended by over 8,000 people in a span of 30 days. He is the promoter of The Smile Lifestyle, a philosophy of living that emphasizes experiential and purposeful living.

CEO, Seek Wisdom Find Wealth LLC

Patrice C. Washington

CEO, Seek Wisdom Find Wealth LLC

CEO, Seek Wisdom Find Wealth LLC

Patrice C. Washington

CEO, Seek Wisdom Find Wealth LLC

Patrice C. Washington is the author of the financial series Real Money Answers and is a featured columnist and leading authority on personal finance. As the past finance expert for the nationally syndicated Steve Harvey Morning Show and as the publisher of her own Redefining Wealth podcast, Patrice has reached millions of individuals with her message of chasing purpose and not money.

CUNY Central Office

205 E 42nd St, 8th Floor
New York City, NY 10017

May 24-25, 2019

Friday, 01:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, 09:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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Grow your personal network by meeting influencers within the personal finance genre.

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RESERVE YOUR SEAT

Congratulations toTia Chambers of Financially Fit & Fab and to Wilson Muscadin of The Money Speakeasy who each won a free ticket to Elevate Influencer. Tickets were sponsored by Saundra Davis of Sage Financial Solutions who created the Doris Holmes Professional Development Scholarship.