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Part 2: Responsible Home Buying

Purchasing your first home could be another way to build your wealth. But lack of knowledge about the process may stop some from achieving their homeownership dreams. If you’re ready to put down roots, these eight tips may help you prepare to turn your dream home into a reality —and the foundation for future generations to come. This is how empowered becomes Empowerful.

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Part 1: Improving your financial health

Before you can prosper, you need to understand and improve your financial health. Wells Fargo’s 8 Rules of Thumb to Financial Health are a good place to start. They provide easy-to-follow steps to help you increase savings, reduce debt and feel more confident about your finances. When you improve your financial health, you can finally start to prosper and grow your wealth. This is how empowered becomes Empowerful.

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Dr. Iesha Jackson

Dr. Iesha Jackson is an assistant professor of teacher education at the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV). She received her Ed.D. in Curriculum and

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Phillip Thomas

As an assistant project manager at the Texas based commercial construction firm Linbeck Group, Phillip Thomas has a knack for solving complex issues within the

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Ralph Farquhar

Ralph Farquhar is currently an Executive Producer for Disney TV Animation. He began his career writing for the classic ABC television series Happy Days. After

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Dr. Timothy Jones

Dr. Jones brings a significant background in education serving as an elementary school assistant principal, an elementary school principal, a middle school principal, director of

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Stacey Tisdale

Award-winning financial journalist and author Stacey Tisdale is the CEO of Mind Money Media, and a pioneer in behavioral finance.  Stacey’s more than 20 year

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Kacy J. Gambles, CFP

Kacy Gambles is a regional manager of Investment and Fiduciary Services for Wells Fargo Private Bank in the Walnut Creek, San Jose, and Carmel offices

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Julius Robinson

Julius W. Robinson is the Senior Vice President and Global Brand Leader for Marriott Hotels, Sheraton, and Delta Hotels. He is responsible for business development,

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Christie Patterson

Christie Patterson is a Director, Lodging Development at Marriott International. She is responsible for supporting the development efforts for all Marriott Select Brands in North

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Dr. Javon Johnson

Javon Johnson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and Director of African American & African Diaspora studies and holds an appointment in Gender & Sexuality Studies

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Anthony Branch

Since 1998, Anthony has served his clients’ financial interests through hard work and a common-sense approach to investing. This extensive experience — throughout major shifts

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Brian Harris

Brian Harris owner of Blackbook Media was born in Gary, Indiana. Received a BS Electrical Engineering and MBA from Purdue University and worked in corporate

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Kenneth Hill

Kenneth Hill is a natural leader who has always had a passion for helping people. At an early age, he learned the importance of serving

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Yvette Hollingsworth Clark

Yvette Hollingsworth Clark brings a global perspective and wealth of experience to the challenge of building best-in-class compliance frameworks for complex financial institutions. Currently Executive

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Sterling Lane

Sterling Lane is a Branch Manager at Wells Fargo Advisors.  With over 20 years of experience in the areas of the financial services industry, Sterling

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Dr. Colette Pierce Burnette

Ranking as the first female president and CEO of the historic Huston-Tillotson University, Austin’s oldest institution of higher learning and only historically black college and

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Dr. Reuben G. Alexander

Dr. Ruben G. Alexander, M.D. is a board-certified anesthesiologist and fellowship-trained interventional pain management physician practicing in Las Vegas. Dr. Alexander graduated as the valedictorian

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Atty Nathaniel Haugabrook

Nathaniel Haugabrook, II is an attorney who handles cases throughout the country. He has a proven track record and a reputation for aggressively defending criminal

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Ashla Lane

Ashla Lane is a Business Initiatives Consultant on the newly formed enterprise Performance Management and Recognition team. She is the Recognition Lead Consultant for Wells

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Shawn Taylor

The Data Management & Insights (DMI) Strategic Planning team plays an integral role in adapting an evolving enterprise-wide data strategy, defining governance and oversight of

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Kylan Patterson

Kylan has over 13 years of financial expertise, having served in every position in a branch environment. Kylan currently holds his series 6 and 63

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Juan R. Thomas

Juan R. Thomas is Of Counsel to Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., and is the founder and principal of the Thomas Law Group. Mr.

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Jimmy L. Gillespie, Jr.

Jimmy Gillispie joined the State Farm family as a Summer Intern in 1992 at the Hattiesburg, Mississippi Claims Service Office. A year later, he was

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Dr. Zachary Scott Robbins

Dr. Zachary Scott Robbins wants schools to provide children and their families with experiences that ensure community health, wealth, and wellness. As a principal, Zac

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Dr. Neville Campbell

Dr. Neville Campbell is a board-certified anesthesiologist and a board-certified interventional pain management physician. He completed both his medical training and his anesthesiology residency in

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Chef Alexander Smalls

Alexander Smalls was the visionary co-owner of former restaurants, The Cecil and Minton’s. In their time, both were critically acclaimed restaurants and were located in

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Common

“My mother turned and said ‘Rashid, you can do better. It’s your responsibility to speak your best to the world when the world is listening

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Rory T. Edwards

Mr. Edwards is the author of the Life-Changing Guide for Athletes, Coaches, and Parents entitled, So You Want to be a Professional Athlete A guide

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Andrew Conton

Being the youngest of three I have always had a sense of self. Family and community are important. My parents separated while I was in

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Chris Broussard

Chris is an internationally-known sports analyst and commentator for the FOX Sports 1 television network and FOX Sports Radio. He has shared the screen with

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Sheryl Lee Ralph

Sheryl Lee Ralph continues to blaze a trail in the entertainment industry. She is currently starring on CBS’s new hit show FAM and has just

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William “Bill” Campbell

Mayor Bill Campbell became the 57th Mayor of Atlanta and the city’s third African-American mayor in a landslide victory in 1993. Under his leadership, the

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Karen Baynes-Dunning

A former juvenile court judge, Karen B. Baynes-Dunning has dedicated her career to improving the quality of life for disadvantaged children, youth and families. Over

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Chef Daniel W. Thomas

Chef Daniel W. Thomas is an acclaimed Chef, Cookbook Author, and Philanthropist. Chef Thomas is a graduate of the World’s Premier Culinary College, The Culinary

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Mashonda Tifrere

Renaissance woman Mashonda Tifrere is a portrait of courage and a change agent. Singer, songwriter, artist and mother, Mashonda has fulfilled her calling to combat

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Dr. Zelda Johnson

A dual doctoral Ph.D. student in natural medicine, specializing in cardiovascular disease (CVD) and medicine, Ms. Johnson, through extensive research in ethnic medicine modalities, developed

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Bernice Lawrence-Watkins

Bernie Lawrence-Watkins is a seasoned principal attorney at the law firm of B. Lawrence Watkins & Associates, PC, concentrating in the areas of Entertainment, Media

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