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Regional Conference Helps African American Students Develop Careers in Accounting

Posted by HH on September 12, 2013

Raphael Irving

Raphael Irving

Since its founding in 1969, the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) has played a major role in helping African Americans in the accounting industry, both students, and professionals, build successful careers.  On Economic Perspectives this past Monday, the Western Region President , Raphael Irving, talked about how college students will benefit from participating in the NABA Southwest-Western Region Student Conference which will be held in Houston October 3 – 5.  To listen to the interview click here: 

This year’s conference, as in past years, will offer seminars and workshops designed to enhance your communicative and interpersonal skills and provide tools that will allow for a smoother transition into the professional environment. The conference will also offer the optimum forum to interact with students from other colleges and universities.

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Interview with Founders of Capital City Black Film Festival

Posted by HH on August 13, 2013

Winston Williams

Winston Williams

Winston G. and Harrell D. Williams, brothers and co-founders of the Capital City Black Film Festival talked about their passion for filmmaking and their path to creating the festival on the

Harrell Williams

Harrell Williams

August 12 edition of Economic Perspectives.  The film festival, which debuts in Austin September 26 – 28, exists to provide burgeoning Black filmmakers from across the nation an opportunity to showcase their works in one of the top cities in the United States for independent filmmakers.

To listen to the interview click here:

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Economic Perspectives Guests Discuss The African American Chambers of Commerce Convention and The World’s Most Powerful Women

Posted by HH on August 26, 2012

The guests on Monday evening’s edition of Economic Perspectives are Jim Wyatt, president of the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce and Moira Forbes, publisher of ForbesWoman.  Listen live on KAZI 88.7 FM in Austin, TX or online at

Wyatt will discuss the upcoming TAAACC Annual Convention being held September 13-15 in Austin, Texas.  More information on the convention is available at

Moira Forbes will discuss ForbesWoman’s Annual List of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. The list this year is topped by Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel.  Following Merkel, the top 5 include Secretary of State Hilary Clinton (2), Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff (3). Melinda Gates (4), co-chairman of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Jill Abramson (5), executive editor of The New York Times. For a complete list click here:

Other notable members of the list include First Lady Michelle Obama (7), Sheryl Sandberg (10), COO of Facebook; media mogul Oprah Winfrey (11), singer Lady Gaga (14), and Ursula Burns, CEO of Xerox.

Moira Forbes is publisher of ForbesWoman, a multi-media platform serving successful women in business and leadership. Representing four generations of publishers, Moira joined Forbes in 2001 in its London office. She graduated from Princeton University.

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Financial Fitness Seminar Targets African American Families in November

Posted by HH on October 22, 2011

The National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) Austin Cen-Tex Chapter’s First Annual Financial Fitness Seminar is being held Saturday, November 5, 2011, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Huston-Tillotson University.  The Financial Fitness Seminar will feature a wide variety of free workshops that will provide will help families achieve better results in managing their personal finances and starting a business.

The recent economic downturn has left a number of families struggling to survive, especially in the Black community.  According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Black unemployment is 16 percent, nearly twice as high as it was in December of 2008 when the “Great Recession” began.  A recent analysis of government data by the Pew Research Center revealed that median wealth of Black households in 2009 was only $5,677 while that of white households was $113,149.

Roger Davis

Roger Davis, president of NABA’s Austin Cen-Tex chapter  says that sponsoring the seminar  provides opportunities for members to fulfill their civic responsibilities.”It promotes public confidence in our members and their services,” explains Davis. Davis also thanked Charles Schwab for being the title sponsor of the Financial Fitness Seminar.

The Financial Fitness Seminar is in line with NABA’s commitment to improving  financial education in the African American and other communities by providing basic financial tools that allow individuals to establish realistic goals and work towards achieving them.  Experienced professionals will deliver the training workshops which will include:

  • Taking Charge of Your Finances
  • Budgeting, Checking, and Savings
  • Registering for Camps/College/Grants/Scholarships
  • Car Buying / Credit
  • Home Buying / Credit
  • Youth Small Business
  • Adult Small Business
  • 401K, Pensions, Investments
  • Estates, Trusts, Wills
  • Tax Update

A number of non-profit organizations will assist with the training including BiG Austin, Economic Growth Business Incubator, Foundation Communities, and Frameworks.

Juanita Stephens

NABA member Juanita Stephens who is teaching the workshop on 401K, Pensions, Investments says a financial planner’s job is not to make you rich, but to keep you from being poor.

“We are living in a time of have’s and have nots.  Which one do you want to be,”  explains Stephens, an investment advisor  for Austin’s Wealth Specialists.

Working with NABA member Regina Shelton, a student at St. Edwards University, the Austin Cen-Tex chapter developed a training track for youth instead of focusing exclusively on adults.

“For our communities to be strong, current adults and future adults must prepare themselves for a ever changing and uncertain economy to our families and businesses to thrive and survive going forward,” says Davis.

For more information and registration contact Hopeton Hay at

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Founding President of National Association of Black Accountants Keynote Speaker at Scholarship Reception

Posted by HH on April 18, 2011

Frank Ross, founding president of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), will be featured on the April 18 edition of Economic Perspectives at 5:30 p.m. on KAZI 88.7 FM. The 2nd segment of Economic Perspectives will feature Al Switzler, co-author of Change Anything: The New Science of Personal Success.

Frank Ross

Ross  is the keynote speaker for the 6th Annual Scholarship & Awards Reception for the Austin Cen-Tex Chapter of NABA on April 21, 4:45 p.m. – 6 p.m. at the UT Austin AT&T Executive Education & Conference Center, 1900 University Blvd. More information on the Scholarship & Awards Reception is available at

When Ross and 8 other accountants founded NABA in December of 1969, there were only 136 African American CPAs out of a total of 100,000.  Ross was the first African American partner at Peat Marwick (known as KPMG today) and also was the the first African American to serve on the board of directors of KPMG US.  After 38 years at KPMG including service as Midatlantic Area Managing Partner for Audit and Risk Advisory Services, he retired in December of 2003.  Since  2004 he has served as the Director of the Center for Accounting Education at the Howard University School of Business.  In addition Ross has been a Visiting Professor of Accounting at Howard University since 1982.

Ross has also written a book about his life as an immigrant and successful CPA , Quiet Guys Can Do Great Things, Too: A Black Accountant’s Success Story.

Change Anything

In Change Anything, Switzler and his co-authors contend that outside influences make us susceptible to bad habits, and the best way to change those habits is to change the influences around us. By studying the latest psychological and medical research and more than 5,000 everyday people working to overcome challenges, the authors identified 4 change strategies:

1.       IDENTIFY CRUCIAL MOMENTS: Determine your moments of greatest weakness—when enacting the right behavior will have an enormous effect on results.

2.       CREATE VITAL BEHAVIORS: Research shows if you establish rules in advance, you are more likely to change your behavior when a crucial moment hits.

3.       ENGAGE ALL 6 SOURCES OF INFLUENCE: Create a plan to harness the six influence strategies that determine how we behave.

4.       TURN BAD DAYS INTO GOOD DATA so that you learn from your failures and adjust.

Al Switzler is the former president of two consulting firms and director of training and management development for a large healthcare organization. In 2007, he and his coauthors were named Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year for their work in founding and leading VitalSmarts, a leader in corporate training and organizational development.

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Listen to the Podcast of the State of Black America Interview with Jeffrey Richard

Posted by HH on April 12, 2011

To listen to my interview with Jeffrey Richard, president of the Austin Area Urban League, click here: Jeffrey Richard – April 11, 2011 Interview.

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Jeffrey Richard and State of Black America Report focus of April 11th Economic Perspectives

Posted by nchanel on April 11, 2011

Hopeton Hay interviews Jeffrey Richard, CEO of the Austin Area Urban League, on the National Urban League’s recent report on State of Black America. Listen live at KAZI 88.7 FM Austin or online here:

The report presents the Urban League’s plan for creating jobs and includes this year’s Equality Index, which looks broadly at urban America and examines not only African American, but also Latino progress in the key areas of economics, education, health, civic engagement and social justice. Authors include Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, and National Urban League President and CEO, Marc H. Moriall. Copies of the report are available for purchase here:

About National Urban League

The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment in order to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the National Urban League spearheads the efforts of its local affiliates through the development of programs, public policy research and advocacy.

About Jeffrey Richard

Richards has been president of the Austin Area Urban League since 2005. Prior to joining the Urban League, he was vice president of education for the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, where he studied policy and monitored outcomes in K-12 academic achievement and success.  He has more than 15 years of consulting experience and has conducted performance improvement and technology consulting projects for school districts, local governments, and state agencies.

Richard holds a B.S. in Political Science and Economics from Texas Christian University, and a Master’s degree in Urban Economic Development from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Breaking the Chains of Financial Enslavement, and Smart Refueling Focus of March 21st Economic Perspectives

Posted by nchanel on March 19, 2011

Hopeton Hay interviews Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries, author of dfree: Breaking Free from Financial Slavery, on Economic Perspectives on Monday, March 21st, at 5:30pm. Listen live at KAZI 88.7 FM Austin or online here: He will also interview Ann Koerner, Director of Consumer Product for MapQuest on their new initiative to help consumers find low gas prices.

In his book Dr. Soaries details what is means to be debt free. Dfree motivates and teaches people to live without debt, pay their bills on time and live within their means. The book claims financial freedom by making it popular to pursue economic freedom. This claim is presented in four levels – Level I: Get Started; Level II: Get Control; Level III: Get Ahead and Level IV: Give Back. Dr. Soaries developed dfree™ as a response to the culture of debt, specifically among african americans. It is a four- prong strategy to help individuals, families and organizations overcome the culture of debt and attain financial self-sufficiency.

Dr. Soaries is the senior pastor of the First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens in Somerset, New Jersey. In addition to his pastoral duties, he has served as New Jersey’s 30th Secretary of State making him the first African-American male to serve as a constitutional officer of the state. He is also former chairman of the United States Election Assistance Commission. Dr. Soaries was featured on the CNN broadcast Black in America…Almighty Debt. Dr. Soaries will be speaking at Greater Mt Zion for a financial summit on March 26th and 27th.

Also featured, Ann Koerner is one of the company’s key strategists. She oversees developments, as well as the micro site development for features such as Koerner will discuss MapQuest initiative to make the pain at the pump a lot less painful.

MapQuest helps drivers find the lowest prices on gas and keep an eye on fuel costs with tools found at  These tools lay the groundwork for consumers to save money every day with simple, smart ways to conveniently find the cheapest gas prices in their area or around their destination.  Additionally, MapQuest offers a free, voice-guided navigation app for both iPhone and Android users, which can save drivers money on expensive devices and subscription fees.

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Interview with President of Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce

Posted by HH on March 13, 2011

If you missed my live interview on Economic Perspectives last week with Clarence Goins, the new President of the Capital City African American Chamber of Commerce and board Chairman Juanita Stephens you can listen now by clicking here: Clarence Goins-Juanita Stephens Interview.

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March 9 Workshop Helps African American Businesses Grow

Posted by HH on March 9, 2011

Attend a presentation to help grow your business, African American Entrepreneurship: Learning from the Past, Building for the Future, at the RISE Conference in Austin at the Bob Bullock Museum on March 10, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. This session provides  both a historic look at the development of Black-owned businesses, and the contemporary programs and resources that can help grow Black businesses today and in the future.  Click here to register. The presenters are Dr. Juliet E. K. Walker and Hopeton Hay.

Hopeton Hay

Some of the programs covered at the session will include:

  • Taking advantage of government procurement programs targeting minority and women-owned businesses
  • Selling to Corporate America: Utilizing minority supplier development councils

Dr. Walker is Director of the Center for Black Business History, Entrepreneurship, and Technology at The University of Texas at Austin and author of The History of Black Business in America.  Hopeton is Manager of the University of Texas System Historically Underutilized Business Technical Assistance Program. He  is also chairman of the Texas NAACP Economic Development Committee and author of the report, The Economic Conditions of African Americans in the State of Texas.

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