If you need help navigating the #RoadtoWealth then it’s time you carved out some time in your busy schedule to be among influential people who can guide you along the way. Dr. Rodney Sampson, the founder of Kingonomics; chairman of Opportunity Hub and chief of Diversity + Inclusion Initiatives at TechSquare Labs, is hosting the 4th Annual Kingonomics Conference on February 26-28, 2016, at Salem Bible Church in metro Atlanta. This year’s theme is: “The Path To Wealth: Save. Start. Invest.”
Going into its fourth consecutive year and 7th edition, Kingonomics has attracted over 10,000 attendees, 2,000 youth/college students and 200 investors to its annual events.
Together with hosts, Rev. Jasper Williams, Jr. and Dr. Joseph Williams, Pastors of Salem Bible Church, they have the capacity to attract and accommodate p to 4,000 persons to their state of the art campus in Lithonia, Georgia.
This year’s focus is on a systemic problem that plagues minority, underrepresented and underserved communities throughout America. It’s called the wealth gap. Organizers conclude, “Only together, and via access to definitive innovative knowledge, tools, capital and opportunities, can we close this gap.”
Here are five reasons why you should attend.
- “We are partnering with Rodney [Sampson] for one reason and that’s because we believe in Kingonomics and its message. As a pastor, what’s most valuable to me is to empower the people who we serve. Rodney and his team were invited to provide financial literacy at our church. To have over 600 people in the church at 9 o’clock in the morning excited about the information has revolutionized the charge to our congregation and it has set the tone for our theme this year. I am excited and look forward to the presentation just as much as you,” shares Dr. Joseph Williams, pastor of Salem Bible Church.
- Dr. Rodney Sampson co-founded Multicast Media Networks (Streamingfaith.com), a live and on-demand streaming platform that laid the foundation for companies like YouTube and Ustream. He has a wealth of experience in the techpreneur space and he’s passionate about reducing our nation’s poverty and wealth gap by advancing the cause of S.T.E.M, innovation, entrepreneurship and capital formation as a way of life for all communities.
- Dr. Sampson has worked with Mel Gibson on Passion of Christ and was mentored by John Maxwell, and trained over 32,000 people in Namibia, Africa and an adviser to Mark Burnett (“Shark Tank”) on diversification. He’s advised three Heads of State: Namibia, Gabon and Uganda.
- This winter’s Kingonomics speaker roster includes Supersoaker creator Lonnie Johnson, founder, Johnson Labs and Investor; Michael Sterling, executive director of Atlanta Workforce Development; “Tech Twins” Travis and Troy Nunnally, co-founders of Brain Rain Labs; Candace Mitchell, co-founder and CEO of Techturized Inc.; Jay Carter, executive producer of One Music Festival, and more.
- The “pain point,” i.e., wealth gap: the average net worth of American families is $140,000. Asian Americans is $100,000. Latino Americans is $13,000. Black Americans is $11,000. These figures are the median net worth of households as surveyed in 2013. The net worth of Black Americans is equivalent to the cost of a “good” funeral.
“What happened to Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner and Michael Brown, I believe is rooted in the lack of opportunity for Blacks, economic access and power. You can’t influence policy when you can’t raise enough money for your politicians,” Dr. Sampson explains. “YOu can’t elect mayors and police chiefs, who set the culture without having an economic platform.”