Sunday, February 25, 2024 | 10-1pm

The Glasshouse, 660 12th Avenue (48th & 49th Street),
New York NY 10019

Thank you for joining us for a spectacular day of Art, New Beginnings, and Community! Our The Future Is Now event was a smashing success and it’s all thanks to you – our cherished HFAS Network of Art Lovers and Community Activists.

Emmy award-winning journalist Vanessa Tyler guides us through African American In Finance, in collaboration with the Northern New Jersey & Manhattan Chapters of the Urban League. With over two decades of broadcast journalism experience, Vanessa’s dedication to storytelling and advocacy has left an indelible mark on the industry. As the national senior anchor for The Black Information Network and the creator of the podcast “Blackland,” Vanessa embodies the spirit of excellence and empowerment. Join Vanessa as we recognize the achievements of Black women in the financial profession and explore the power of economic empowerment.

Jana B. Woodhouse is one of the top Financial Advisors in the COUNTRY! She has over 33 years experience on all levels of Financial advice and planning including, Accounting, Tax Preparation, Stocks & Bond Investing, Life & Health Insurances, Long Term Care, Disabilities, 401K & Retirement plans and Strategies, Family Trusts, College Education Planning. She handles all and anything that deals with money, finance and securities. 
Jana B. Woodhouse has been leading the nation in Financial Strategy and Solutions for many many years. She was one of the first women on Wall Street where she spent 18 years as one of the top brokers there. She dedicates her time to teaching and educating people in the Urban Communities and in her home city of NY.

As a 3x Apollo winner, Classique has proven time and time again that she is a force to be reckoned with– cementing her status as one of the most talented musicians of her generation. Classique has dedicated her life to creating music that moves people. Her first EP, “Self Expression Miss Understood,” dropped in 2017 and showcased her singing and songwriting skills for the first time. Her lyrics are raw, honest, and relatable, and her voice is both powerful and soulful. Since then, she has been working tirelessly on her upcoming debut album, where she has also dived into production. Her music is a reflection of her journey and her experiences, and she is not afraid to push boundaries and experiment with new sounds and styles.

2024 Honorees

Jaqueline Hayat Ba

Jacqueline helms Business Development at Mercator Partners, a climate-focused investment fund in Princeton, NJ. She has over 25 years of experience in capital markets and financial product marketing. She has held COO and Business Development roles at several funds including AltraVue Capital in Bellevue, WA. She earned her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, an MA from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University, and her BA from Dartmouth College. Jacqueline is a lifetime lover of the arts from collecting (including at HFA!) to getting lost at museums and galleries in every city she visits.

Monica Burch

Monica L. Burch is PNC Bank’s senior vice president and Southeast territory executive for Community Development Banking. In this role, Burch leads PNC Community Development Banking teams supporting the needs of low- moderate-income communities across the states of Alabama, Florida, Georgia, the Carolinas, Maryland, Tennessee, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Sherkera Green

Sherkera Green is an Experienced District Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the financial services industry. Skilled in Nonprofit Organizations, Strategic Planning, Leadership, Public Speaking, and Social Media. Strong sales professional, who focuses on building relationships.

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