Hey TAT Family!
In this episode of Chat n’ Chew with Tish, I’ll be featuring Nikki Lee Brown, founder of Urban Prosperity. I had the pleasure of breaking bread with Nikki at Sixty Vines while discussing her career journey, from teenage mom to starting her own company, Urban Prosperity, and becoming a heavy hitter in financial services.
Nikki launched Urban Prosperity in 2018 with a focus on developing critical financial foundations for women of color to increase their net income and net worth. Nikki’s vision is for the organization to help women achieve financial prosperity via content development, financial coaching, courses, and community engagement. During our interview, Nikki’s passion shone through with the way she spoke about her desire to build a brand that can benefit women that look like her. She was very informative and stated that; “Urban Prosperity is my love story to black women.” This one statement, which summed up her ‘why’ for starting Urban Prosperity is quite powerful and gave me ‘chills.’
Nikki is currently preparing a financial empowerment conference for women, tagged ‘Permission to Prosper Conference.’ In fact, my interview with Nikki is leading up to the conference, scheduled for Saturday, April 27that The Westin Galleria Dallas. Nikki describes the conference as a one-day experience focused on exploring the various ways, tools, and resources women can use to obtain financial wellness across multiple industries. She is creating an environment that is beautiful and social, yet informative and inspiring.
When I looked at the conference topics, and guest panelists, I was quite impressed. Some of the top nationally known experts in beauty, fashion, real estate, finances, digital media, and marketing will be in attendance. There are so many fabulous panelists to name, but some of my favorites are, Claire Summers of Fashion Bomb Daily, Fashion Buyer & Designer Nichole Lynel, and Supa_Cent of The Crayon Case.
Nikki expressed during our interview that she’s most excited about the entry courtyard décor and the interactive activations at the conference. This is because, besides providing a financial content packed event, she also wants to create an environment that is inviting and fit for a BOSS. Over the years Nikki has attended a lot of women empowerment conferences, but her favorite is ‘Create & Cultivate’, which is founded by Jaclyn Johnson. She loves the content, informative guest speakers, and most of all the interactive activations, which inspired the activations that will be at the ‘Permission To Prosper Conference.’
See below Q&A to learn more about Nikki Lee Brown (NLB):
Tish: Where are you from, and how long have you been living in Dallas?
NLB: I’m a Proud New Yorker, who relocated to Dallas in 2007, so after 12 years it’s my adopted city.
Tish: Tell me a little about your background in the financial services industry.
NLB: I started in the financial services industry right out of high school and have held various leadership positions across Sales, Operations, and Wealth Management over the past 19 years.
Tish: What inspired you to start Urban Prosperity?
NLB: Since I’ve built my career in financial services, family and friends would come to me personally when they were making financial decisions. Over the years, those interactions have grown to include friend referrals, and I noticed a pattern, especially among women. Women, in particular, women of color did not know how to improve their financial situation. And, I validated my problem statement with industry data, which forecasted a dire story for women of color in particular. It was at that point that I knew I had to start a company to help women achieve financial wellness.
Tish: Will the ‘Permission to Prosper Conference’ be an annual event?
NLB: At this time we plan to keep the conference annual with smaller community events throughout the year.
Tish: Are you planning any other upcoming events?
NLB: Building community is one of our company’s four critical pillars, and as such, we will have an on-going event series to inform and improve the financial landscape for women.
Tish: We ask all our Chat n’ Chew guests, what is your favorite restaurant in Dallas?
NLB: Hmm… I’m an extreme foodie, so that’s hard. I would say my favorite restaurant for food is Ocean Prime, but my favorite for dessert is Kona Grill, as their butter cake is amazing!
About Sixty Vines
The Chat n’ Chew took place at Sixty Vines in Plano, and we had a light dinner and wine. This is one of my favorite restaurants when I’m in the mood for trying a new wine, and I love their food. Sixty Vines have over 40 wines on tap (yes on tap), so you have more than enough wines to pick from. You also have the option of getting 2 oz, 5 oz, or 8 oz pours, or a bottle. The 2 oz and 5 oz pours allow you to build your own wine flight, which is always a fun option when you want to try some different wines.
I had a fabulous time interviewing Nikki, and I enjoyed hearing about her journey. I left the interview inspired, and excited about attending the conference. I leave you with some final words from Nikki about her commitment to women.
“My commitment to helping women achieve financial wellness is what drives me to do the work on a daily basis. My daughter is watching, and this foundation is her future.”
See you at the ‘Permission to Prosper Conference’ on Saturday, April 27th. Get your tickets on Eventbrite. Also, make sure you follow Urban Prosperity on Instagram for financial tips and news on upcoming events.
See you around town!