Credit: The American College of Financial Services

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa. – The largest gathering of Black and African American leaders, visionaries and trailblazers across financial services returns in-person to continue the pursuit of equity, innovation and generational impact.

Hosted by The American College of Financial Services— a nonprofit, accredited institution delivering an educational and impact platform for financial professionals, nonprofit leaders and consumers —the Annual Conference of African American Financial Professionals (CAAFP) will be held in Chicago, IL, August 7-9, 2023.

This marks the 17th year of The College hosting this premier event and since its founding, the CAAFP has served to advocate and advance the charge for increased representation of Black and African American professionals in the financial services industry.

This year’s conference theme is “Reclaiming Black Wealth” and is a follow-up to a gathering last year in Washington, DC, focusing on empowering Black communities, businesses and individuals.

This year’s agenda will reinforce and elevate the conversation around how the financial services industry can inspire Black professionals and promote the advancement of all underserved communities through education and empowerment, as we seek to narrow the wealth gap and create sustainable, generational change.  This is the core mission of the CAAFP.

Keynote sessions will feature thought leaders from a variety of backgrounds in financial services and other areas, including Lauren Simmons, Eszylfie Taylor and Linda Clemons

There will be a wide range of breakout sessions, led by change agents and industry experts with a focus on empowering Black communities and the advisors that serve them.

Four main tracks include:

  • Retirement – Prepare to help clients improve their financial fitness and retirement readiness no matter where they are in life.
  • Consumer Connections – Build skills and learning tools to cultivate personal and professional networks to better understand the real needs of clients and communities.
  • Applied Knowledge – Focus on foundational industry knowledge, insights from thought leaders and experts, and best practices from pioneers and bold new voices making an impact across financial services. 
  • Niche Markets – Access opportunities and trailblazing strategies to increase professional and personal influence through community networks.

“As the nation’s leading financial services educator, we look forward to gathering with this outstanding community and introducing innovative programs to empower future generations of Black financial professionals,” said George Nichols III, president and CEO of The American College of Financial Services. “The Conference of African American Financial Professionals has continued to grow and innovate over two decades. It is a true testament to the conversations, education and advancement that happens as a result of this gathering and the efforts of its attendees.”

To learn more about the CAAFP or to register, visit

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