After our successful preview in New York City last November, the Plutus Foundation is bringing Plutus Voices to its first city on the 2019 tour.
Join us in the Phoenix metro area on Wednesday, April 10, to network with other members of the community (financial bloggers, podcasters, authors, speakers, and video creators) and hear stories and effective strategies from our speakers, introduced below.
Plutus Voices is a unique experience, where a limited number of people attend and participate at the same time. While there will be three speakers, everyone will have a chance to have their voices heard on some important topics for anyone building, fostering, and inspiring a community. Our speakers have great experiences and insight to share, but those who attend will gain even more from the unique format of this meet-up.
Our Phoenix event will focus on inspiring action in underserved communities. Members of the financial media work hard to have their message understood and put into action by their audiences, and these discussions will be crucial for improving our ability to inspire action through effective communication of our ideas. Plus there will be wine and snacks.
Sponsorships are still available for this event; join Kathleen Celmins and Dabble Media by supporting this free event by contacting us.
The event will be hosted by our Director of Development, Sarah Bettencourt, at 1000 S. Gilbert Rd. in Gilbert, Arizona. We will begin the program promptly at 6:00 pm on April 10. A donation of $25 is suggested. Donations to the Plutus Foundation go to ensure we are able to continue running innovative programs and supporting financial literacy efforts. The event is free otherwise, and attendance is limited.
A waiting list is available once all tickets are reserved.
Take a look at these photos from the amazing event venue.
Special guests for Plutus Voices Phoenix
We are pleased to be able to present the following speakers to the financial media community.
Jenniemarie Cisneros is a native of South Phoenix, raised by her single father. She spent several years working with at-risk youth, and currently works as the Ministry Outreach Coordinator for Women at Central Christian Church. She also works as a writer, speaker, and teacher giving voice to the marginalized, and has published several devotions and Bible studies. She’s traveled abroad to learn how to apply peacemaking principles as well as spoken at a number of retreats and events focusing on topics including racial injustice, identity, and overcoming differences. Several years ago, she and her husband moved their family into a low-income, high-crime area to practice what they preach and make a difference in their own community.
When she’s not advocating for the poor and marginalized, Jenniemarie is a coffee-fueled, baseball loving bookworm focused on building a legacy for her four children.
A twice nationally recognized youth development expert and certified trauma specialist, Athena Lent is the founder of Money Smart Latina, a place where Latinas and finance meet. She has recently been featured on Money.com and Yahoo Finance.
Once homeless in high school, Athena has complete two college degrees including a counter terrorism program in Israel. Currently, she is now a program manager for Jobs for Arizona’s Graduates, a non-profit where she helps connect over 1,000 youth each year to post-secondary education opportunities to remove barriers to their success.
When not working, Athena can be found reading a Stephen King book with her main man, a polydactyl cat named Harrison George.
Brent Whiting and Andrea Diaz
Brent Whiting is the photographer, graphic & website designer and owner of Redline Designs, a company founded in 1996. He has worked with large and small companies, foundations, Grammy Award winners, and platinum musicians on their projects. Brent’s activism began in college in his native state of New Jersey which followed in New York and eventually, Phoenix, Arizona. He’s also currently the co-founder for Tomorrow We Vote with Andrea Diaz which focuses on registering high school students to vote.
Andrea Diaz is a member of the marketing committee for We the People Summit and owner of Viaza, LLC. Andrea is a second generation Phoenician and comes from a family of educators that instilled the importance of participating in civic and social engagement which resulted in volunteering for multiple organizations in Arizona and California. She is the chair for the Latino Outreach Committee for Stronger Together AZ and one-half of The Zod & Drea Podcast along with Brent Whiting.