INVESTMENT & EMERGING MARKETS
RAKIA FINLEY - CEO/Entrepreneur/Digital Media
Rakia is the CEO of Surge Assembly, a consulting firm designed to improve the growth of businesses and nonprofits by utilizing technology. Rakia is also Co-Founder and COO of FIN Digital a full-service digital media development firm building beautiful innovation applications for disrupters internationally.
Rakia specializes in mastering technology and web systems to increase development among organizations. Her strength is in planning for specific technology projects that involve complex information systems.
With over 15 years experience in the information technology industry, she has become an industry expert on organizational issues associated with program creation and growth. She is active in the technology-for-enhancement movement and is frequently invited to speak at conferences across the country, primarily focusing on business strategy, development and technology.
RACQUEL SLAWINSKI - Personal Finance "Guru"/Wealth Creation Advisor
Racquel Ramlal-Slawinski is a financial advisor employed by Transamerica Financial Advisors in Greenbelt, Maryland. Racquel started her financial business over 15 years ago, while a full-time college student at the University of Maryland. She was accepted to John Hopkins medical school but had found a new passion for helping families through financial services. She is a certified financial educator and has a vast amount of experience in all aspects of financial services that has brought her high recognition throughout the financial services industry.
Additionally, Racquel is registered with FINRA as a Broker (sometimes referred to as a broker-dealer registered representative or RR). As a Broker, Racquel works with larger brokerage firms in the business of buying and selling securities such as stocks, bonds, mutual funds and other investment-related products.
SHANITA PENNY - Cannabis Professional
Shanita Penny M.B.A. is a cannabis advocate, business professional and entrepreneur with 17 years of experience helping world class companies and startups solve complex issues and improve business performance. In 2015, Shanita took a leap of faith and founded Budding Solutions to change the perception of cannabis on a global scale.
Shanita has supported and coached cannabis advocates, business professionals, entrepreneurs and policy-makers throughout the country to get results. She works with clients to create and grow compliant, successful cannabis businesses and empower them to positively impact the burgeoning cannabis industry and communities.
Shanita proudly serves as President of the Board of Directors for the Minority Cannabis Business Association (MCBA), the first non-profit organization created specifically to progress the cannabis industry by increasing diversity through the creation of equal access and economic empowerment for cannabis businesses, their patients, and the communities most affected by the war on drugs. She is also a member of The New Jersey Cannabis Industry Association’s (NJCIA) Board of Trustees, NJCIA is a nonprofit trade association dedicated to advancing the legalization of cannabis by promoting sensible policy, responsible development, and growth of a legalized cannabis-based economy.
J.R. FENWICK- Stock Trader
J.R. Fenwick is the Founder and CEO of FLipThatStock.com and Hold That Stock.com, education and technology companies that specializes in teaching people how the stock market works and how to make money FLipping and Holding Stocks using the latest technology.
Fenwick graduated from Hampton University with a degree in nursing/pre-med. However, his true passion was being an entreprenuer. While at his corporate job, Fenwick began taking each of his passions and turning them into profitable little businesses that combined, surpased his 6-figure corporate salary and he quit his $100,000 A Year Job. He went on to write the Award Winning Book, “How I Quit My $100,000 A Year Job" and launch a TV show called “The Kick Your BOSS To The Curb".
He became a featured speaker at many entrepreneur conferences on the topic of turning your passions into profits.
Since starting FlipThatStock.com, Fenwick has been featured on numerous radio shows, giving his insights on the stock market. He is also the featured speaker on the stock market and how to build a successful business at numerous conferences across the country.
ADELLA TOULON - Attorney, Cryptocurrency & Blockchain Technology
Adella Toulon-Foerster is a legal consultant, as well as an entrepreneur and financial professional. Adella co-founded an innovative company in 2001, which built online gold-backed payment systems, providing her with expertise on technology that forms the basis of the money ecosystem. She has years of experience in financial regulations, compliance programs, money transmitter laws, and FinCen requirements and guidance.
Adella currently works in the financial technical practice at Cogent Law Group with companies from the start-up stage to exit and acquisition. A legal professional focused on financial services and digital currencies, Adella has expertise in the Banking Secrecy Act ("BSA"), Anti-Money Laundering ("AML"), and Know Your Customer ("KYC") rules. She also specializes in Financial Crimes Enforcement Network ("FinCEN") requirements and guidance, written and ongoing AML compliance programs, state-by-state money transmitter laws and lincensure requirments, as well as Blockchain-like platforms and Bitcoin.
In 2001, Adella co-founded an innovative company, LongLever Consulting gold-backed payment systems. She is both a legal and financial professional interested in Bitcoin, crytpocurrencies, the blockchain, and the budding legislation and regulation surrounding these new technologies. As a result of Adella's passions, cutting-edge financial services has been the focus of her career since her work with digital coin currencies in the early 2000's.