Light at the End of the Tunnel: Surviving a Down Economy
Sunday, August 29, 2010 08:45AM Add to Outlook

Join 900AM-WURD when it hosts “Light at the End Tunnel: Surviving a Down Economy.”This interactive symposium will explore the impact, intricacies and opportunities associated with the current economic landscape. A powerhouse panel of experts will provide practical strategies for thriving during difficult economic times. We will introduce a new feature called “Lightning Rounds: Fast and Furious Finance Tips,” where our panelists will team up with some of the nation's leading business experts for supercharged small group discussions with participants. So bring your questions, ideas and business cards. Sign up now. Space is limited!

Event Panelists

Sharmain Matlock-Turner

Sharmain Matlock-Turner is President and CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, an organization that unites government, business, neighborhood and individual initiatives to provide quality of life for working families. As the first woman to lead GPUAC in its 40-year history, Ms. Matlock-Turner directs the activities of the organization. In 10 years of her leadership, the Coalition has grown from a $20 million organization to one with an annual budget of $34 million and over 400 employees.

Prior to joining the Coalition, she served six years as associate vice president for legislative and community affairs for Mercy Health System and 10 years as chief of staff to the late State Senator Roxanne H. Jones.

Active in community affairs, Ms. Matlock-Turner serves on numerous boards and commissions. She chairs the Boards of Trustees for the West Oak Lane Charter School, the Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation (OARC), and the People's Emergency Center. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of La Salle University, The Reinvestment Fund, and the Philadelphia Facilities Management Corporation, which governs the Philadelphia Gas Works. In addition, Ms. Matlock-Turner is on the economic advisory council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, the Clear Channel Advisory Board, is honorary co-chair of Philly Counts, the citywide campaign to raise awareness about the 2010 federal Census, and serves on the not-for-profit client advisory board of the Trion Group, Inc.

Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Matlock-Turner has received numerous awards and honors. In 2009 alone, she was recognized as one of the Philadelphia Tribune's "Most Influential African Americans," and received the Philadelphia Business Journal's Minority Business Leader Award and OARC's Leadership Award. In March 2010, she was awarded the "Take the Lead" award by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Ms. Matlock-Turner holds a bachelor's degree in education from Temple University. Ms. Matlock-Turner is a resident of Philadelphia and is married to Tony Turner. She has two grown daughters, Ayanna Matlock and Naima Turner.


Steven L. Sanders

Steven L. Sanders has over 25 years of experience in the financial services industry. During his career, he served as President and CEO of a $4.5 billion asset management firm where he was responsible for macro-economic analysis, equity portfolio management and new business development. Prior to joining StoneRidge Investment Partners as CEO and Chief Investment Strategist, Mr. Sanders co-founded and served as Chairman and CEO of First Genesis Financial Group. In addition, Mr. Sanders previously served as Chief Investment Strategist of Creative Financial Asset Management. In 1986, Mr. Sanders founded Sanders Financial which focused on high net worth individuals and small pension plan sponsors. Its success led to the formation of Advent Capital Management Partners which provided investment management to larger retirement plan sponsors. In 1996, the two companies merged. Mr. Sanders serves on several corporate and civic boards. Mr. Sanders holds a B.B.A. in Risk Management from Howard University.

Kenny Gamble
Chairman, Universal Companies

Kenneth Gamble began singing at a young age, recording for various labels including Epic, Columbia, Arctic, and Atlantic Records. The most well-known is Philadelphia International Records, which he co-founded with Leon Huff in 1971; and still serves as Chairman and CEO. Mr. Gamble is recognized as a true pioneer in soul / rhythm & blues music. He has written and produced more than 3,000 songs recorded by numerous artists, including the Jackson Five, the Intruders, Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Paul, Phyllis Hyman, Jerry Butler, Nancy Wilson, Lou Rawls, the Ojays, MFSB, Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, the Three Degrees, McFadden & Whitehead, the Delfonics, and many others. Mr. Gamble’s musical output includes more than 170 gold and platinum songs and albums. In 1974 and 1989, he won the coveted Grammy Award for “Me & Mrs. Jones” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” During his illustrious career, Mr. Gamble has received numerous awards not only for his musical genius, but for his sincere dedication to address the plight of those less fortunate. He has founded or helped to build numerous organizations, including the African American Foundation, Universal Institute Charter School, The Universal Community of Truth, and the South Philadelphia Ministries Task Force. In 1993, he founded Universal Community Homes (UCH) and now is engaged in one of the largest and most successful community revitalization efforts in Philadelphia history. Mr. Gamble calls the rebuilding of his community “The Biggest Hit Of My Life.”

Dr. Bernard E. Anderson
Senior Economist, Brimmer & Company, LLC

Bernard E. Anderson, a native of South Philadelphia and a nationally respected economist, has held leadership positions in academia, public service, and the private sector. He is the former Whitney M. Young, Jr., Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

After earning his Ph.D. degree in economics at the University of Pennsylvania, he was appointed to the Wharton School faculty. He is the author of six books and numerous scholarly articles on economic and employment policy, and was the first African-American to earn tenure in the Wharton School.

He took leave from the University to serve as Director of the Social Sciences Division of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He later returned to Philadelphia as Managing Partner of the Urban Affairs Partnership. In 1991, Governor Robert P. Casey appointed him the first Chairman of the Pennsylvania Inter-governmental Cooperation Authority, the fiscal oversight board for the City of Philadelphia. He was later appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards Administration, a position he held until 2001. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Dr. Anderson has served as a member of the board of directors of Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company, United Bank of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was formerly Chairman of the board of trustees of Lincoln University, and is currently Vice Chairman of the board of trustees of Tuskegee University.

Dr. Julianne Malveaux
President, Bennett College for Women

Dr. Julianne Malveaux is the 15th President of Bennett College for Women. She is also an economist, author and commentator, and has been described by Dr. Cornel West as “the most iconoclastic public intellectual in the country.” Dr. Malveaux received her BA and MA degrees in economics from Boston College, and earned a Ph.D in economics from MIT.

Dr. Malveaux’s popular writing has appeared in USA Today, Black Issues in Higher Education, Ms. Magazine, Essence Magazine, and the Progressive. Her weekly columns appeared for more than a decade (1990-2003) in newspapers across the country including the Los Angeles Times, Charlotte Observer, New Orleans Tribune, Detroit Free Press, and San Francisco Examiner. She has hosted television and radio programs, and appeared widely as a commentator on networks, including CNN, BET, PBS, NBC, ABC, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, C-SPAN and others.

Dr. Malveaux is the President/ CEO of Last Word Productions, Inc. a multimedia production company headquartered in Washington, DC, and currently resides in Greensboro, NC.