The 2020 Elevate Conference is expected to grow the knowledge of all attendees; for a better understanding of historical and current causes of the racial wealth gap and its impacts.

Attendees will be able to identify relevant ways to personally grow wealth, and collectively help close the racial wealth gap.

Through intentional networking and engagement, attendees and speakers will connect and develop partnerships to advance the black community and close the racial wealth gap.

Free Registration is open. 

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The conference will have the support of brilliant community leaders, black-owned businesses/organizations, dynamic presenters, and community and financial resource partners.


Dedrick Asante-Muhammad
Chief of Race, Wealth and Community
National Community Reinvestment Coalition

Dr. Corey S. Bradford, Sr.
President, Harris-Stowe State University

Dr. LaTonia Collins Smith
Provost, Harris-Stowe State University

Veta T. Jeffery
Heartland Saint Louis 
Black Chamber of Commerce

Tishaura Jones
Treasurer, City of St. Louis, MO

Dr. Vetta L. Sanders-Thompson
Racial and Ethnic Studies
Brown School of Social Work
Washington University in St. Louis


Stacy Clay
Director of Community Affairs
First Bank

Darlene Martin
Money Smarts School of Finance for Children

Daffney Moore
Chief Opportunity Zone Officer
St. Louis Development Corporation

Lisa Potts
Coalition Member
St. Louis Regional Financial Empowerment Coalition

Julius Powell
CEO, Zero Position Selling

Neal Richardson
Vice President, Director of Business Impact
U.S. Bank Community Development Corporation

Jamala Rogers
Executive Director
Organization for Black Struggle


Tasha Pettis Bonds
Executive Director
Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis Women’s Business Center

Reginald Garth
Financial Wellbeing Coach for the Office of Financial Empowerment
City of St. Louis


Learn more about the Speakers & Presenters


“So proud of the focus of this conference and honored to be a part!”

Kim Stemley

“I am looking forward to the conference!”

Dr. Corey S. Bradford Sr.

“I’m writing to express my excitement about witnessing the progression of the conference and the marketing. I’m bummed that it won’t be in person due to the uncertainties of COVID (I’ve been missing my STL folks lately), however, I still plan on purchasing and supporting virtually. I’m super proud of you and the MGC team!!!”

Shakira Onwuachi

“You ladies have done a Phenomenal Job with this. I am truly honored to be affiliated and the Heartland St. Louis Black Chamber is going to do everything we can to drive people to this event.  You have definitely built something worth sharing, something empowering and something that should draw the people to well spent experience across several days. Congratulations to the success of shifting gears!”

Veta Jeffery

“I know moving to virtual was a difficult decision to make but I think it was the right one…still excited!”

Jamala Rogers

“I am looking forward to this year’s conference!”

Dr. Vetta Sanders-Thompson


Featured Videos

Dedrick Asante-Muhammad

Dr. Corey S. Bradford, Sr.

Tishaura Jones

Daffney Moore

Julius Powell

Jamala Rogers


Thank you to our sponsors!


The time to Elevate is NOW!

Morgan Graves Consultants, LLC is looking forward to hosting the 2nd Annual 2020 Elevate Conference: Closing the Racial Wealth Gap virtual series. The conference will offer invaluable tools and resources for community and business development opportunities, to decrease the existing racial wealth gap.

Read full Elevate Conference Newsletter – July 2020


This time of uncertainty has taken a toll on society, and we are forced to adjust to a “new normal”.

COVID-19 has created feelings of fear, anxiety and helplessness in some cases. But, humanity continues to win as we get through each passing day. People, as well as businesses, have shifted their thinking, adapted to uncontrolled situations and remained resilient through the pandemic. Sometimes, we don’t realize how strong we are, until we are tested; we don’t consider change, until we’re forced to pivot. What must stay true, is our passion for the work that we do.

Continuing to educate ourselves and others on the current situation and providing resources to one another are ways to continue to build, even with a disruption. This is a time where economic hardship can be won through strategic planning, courage, and kindness. Having the opportunity to persevere creates a new path to be guided towards healing and prosperity. This is why Morgan Graves Consultants (MGC), LLC is dedicated to help where we can. Our approach is to identify the gaps and develop strategies that influence growth and productivity.

Read full Elevate Conference Newsletter – June 2020


For more information on how you can support, contribute, or be included in our Virtual Expo, please contact: Breanna Parker-Gills at:

The Virtual Expo is an exclusive opportunity for minority-owned businesses to market themselves and to reach potential customers. Participation includes your business information being displayed on the Virtual Expo website and in the digital program book. The link to the Virtual Expo website will be pushed to conference participants during each breakout session on every conference day and the digital program book will be emailed to all individuals that registered for the conference. The fee for participation is $60.

We welcome your support as a sponsor. If you would like to become a sponsor for the 2020 Elevate Conference, please contact: Chelesa Holden at: