Managing Director | Wells Fargo Wealth & Investment
David Dawkins is Managing Director in the Business Development Group ofWealth & Investment Management (WIM) National Sales. Today, he isfocused on leading efforts in the Black and African American Segment andthe ASCEND Business Development coaching program. He has more than35 years of financial industry experience, and is committed to theadvancement of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and was the first AfricanAmerican to serve on Wells Fargo Advisors’ Operating Committee. David co-Chairs the WFA Black African Initiative, is the Executive Advisor to the Black& African American Connection Employee Resource Network and serves onthe Wells Fargo Black Executive Forum.Previously, David was the Director of Wells Fargo Advisors’ Diverse ClientSegments team. Prior to that, he was a Complex Manager for Wells FargoAdvisors in Orlando, FL and the St. Louis, MO Major Market. In those roles,he led branch managers, financial advisors, and support teams in buildingWealth Management business practices to help clients succeed financially.Dawkins began his career with Wells Fargo Advisors in 2011. Before joiningthe company, he served in many different roles as a financial advisor, branchmanager, regional director, regional sales manager, and BusinessDevelopment Consultant with several firms, including UBS, Bear Stearns,Oppenheimer and Company, and Merrill Lynch, where he started his career.Dawkins is a member of the SIFMA Foundation board. He is also verypassionate about advocating for at-risk youth and quality education forfuture generations of students; he currently serves on the Strategic AdvisoryCouncil at the Consortium of Florida Education Foundations, which partnerswith businesses and foundations to increase student achievement in FloridaK-12 public schools. Prior to moving to Florida, Dawkins served as directorof an inner-city after school program in Cabrini Green, Chicago.David and his wife Susan reside in Orlando, FL and have 3 adult daughters.
Overview: Racial disparities impacting Black wealth have been an issue for decades. Research shows that Blacks have a drastically more difficult time investing in, managing, and multiplying assets because they frequently lack the knowledge to achieve true financial freedom. While some public and private programs are designed to increase access and address systemic disparities, our nation has yet to reach a place where it ensures equity for all races and genders. Because of this reality, it has become imperative for the Black community to look at wealth building as a “Team Sport” rather than an individual game. In this workshop, we will explore ways to intentionally and proactively use mentorship to help grow prosperity and build a lineage of new Black Millionaires.
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Overview: To increase Economic Empowerment within the underserved, underrepresented minority communities, the 100 Black Men of America, Inc. continues to build on its efforts, with a focus on investment. The goals and objectives of the Junior Investment Program are to provide education and awareness for youth around investment and the stock market; to provide education and awareness for youth around the need of an emergency fund; to encourage students to open an investment account; and to provide financial resources to (15) 100 Black Men chapters as a means of increasing chapter capacity.
Finalist Chapters: 100 Black Men of DeKalb, Inc. - A13 100 Black Men of Madison, Inc. - A123 100 Black Men of Los Angeles, Inc. - A109 100 Black Men of Long Beach, Inc. - A70 100 Black Men of Grenada, Inc. - A318