Nina LaNegra


Desperate women losing a daily battle against the stranglehold and cycle of poverty: this is what comes to mind when I think of Women and Economic Development. It's an international picture, Third World countries struggling with the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. I was challenged to think of any linkage between Women and Economic Development on both an international and domestic level. My search led me to this interview with Brooke Stephens, author and Wall Street veteran of 15 years who has been a senior investment consultant. Stockbroker, and a Registered Investment Advisor. Ms. Stephens comments on financial issues for PBS Nightly Business Reports, BET, CNBC and writes for Money Magazine, USA Today, Black Enterprise and Essence, among others. Her books Wealth Happens One Day at a Time: 365 Days to a Brighter Financial Future and Talking Dollars and Making Sense: a Wealth Building Guide for African-Americans, are published by McGraw Hill. Based in New York, Brooke Stephens has a web site: www.BrookeStephens.com. We started with a discussion on her beginnings which led us to Nigeria and India and ended talking about Black American women and economic development.


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