First-ever Wealth Literacy Conference to be held in Madison April 29

    Afra Smith

    Afra Smith of The Melanin Project and Veronica Barnes of Mindset2Money, two Black female financial leaders, are looking to bridge the conversation from financial literacy to wealth literacy with the first annual Wealth Literacy Conference on April 29 at the Goodman Community Center.

    The inaugural one-day Wealth Literacy Conference will touch on and teach lessons in financial wellness, economic mobility, action planning, and will connect attendees to community resources, according to a press release from organizers of the conference.

    “I am encouraged about the transformational changes that can come to fruition in our community by increasing exposure to educational topics that focus on sustainable financial well-being,” Barnes said in a press release announcing the event.

    The mission of Smith’s Melanin Project is to eradicate wealth disparities for women of the Black and African diaspora with programs supporting the building of generational wealth through advocacy, personal empowerment, and financial wellness coaching. Barnes’s Mindset2Money provides a scalable dynamic program that offers an array of education programs to support individuals navigating their career and striving for financial security.

    The Wealth Literacy Conference is created to be accessible to anyone who will benefit from attending. Seats are on a sliding scale at $55, $35, and scholarship to attend. Participants are encouraged to pay what they can. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.


    For organizations interested in sponsoring or partnering with the conference in some way, please email Smith or Barnes at [email protected]. You can also click here to see sponsorship options.