Marnée Morgan’s 4-week event focuses on financial wellness beyond the pandemic
Marnée Morgan was just about to postpone her annual Elevate conference when she felt the need to pivot and transition to a virtual conference. The St. Louis communications strategist and consultant initially thought people were overwhelmed with live-streamed events for both work and pleasure, but she could not let go of one looming thought. She had to host the event in spite of the pandemic.
She said, “Covid has affected our ability to earn a living, remain employed and diminished our hope. I realized that if I was going through the exact same thing, then I had to offer a conference with solutions.”
To accomplish her goal, Morgan called on a few voices from her community as well as experts with a national platform who spoke about Black generational wealth. And she intentionally chose people like renowned author and activist Jamala Rogers, thought leader Dedrick Asante-Muhammad, and president of Harris-Stowe State University Dr. Corey S. Bradford, Sr. who are also resource-rich to give participants more than a few inspirational words.
“People need actionable steps but they also need to know where to turn for help after a conference. Each one of our speakers is a resource with resources that are accessible to all – beyond the pandemic.”
The first leg of the free conference kicked off on Friday, October 9 and will continue every Friday for the next three weeks. Future topics will cover beginning or restructuring a business, leveraging community organizations for help, and self-reinvestment.
Registration is free for the 2020 Elevate Conference in partnership with Harris-Stowe State University. Sessions begin on Fridays at 8:30AM (CST) and end at 1 PM (CST). The series closes on October 30. All parts of the series are live-streamed via Zoom.
Marnée Morgan is confident that she made the right decision. “This is the time more than ever to restore and renew the hope of our communities as well as within ourselves.”