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									Youth Financial Expert and Author Ajshay James Joins Kelvin Boston's Moneywise Empowerment

Featuring Ms. Pig E. Banks' Kid-Friendly Savings Exhibit

(WASHINGTON, DC) December 4, 2013 — Ajshay James, finance expert, accountant, author,
speaker, and entrepreneur, joins the Moneywise Empowerment Tour as a panelist on Saturday,
December 7, 2013, at the historic Metropolitan A.M.E. Church in Washington, D.C, 8:30 am – 4:30
pm. The Moneywise Financial Empowerment Tour (,
considered one of the premiere African American faith-based asset-building tours in America, is the
official outreach program of the Moneywise with Kelvin Boston PBS series. The Moneywise tour has
traveled throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and the Middle-East serving more than 40,000
Americans since 2006. James joins the panel discussion “Making Your Money Work for You:
Reducing Debt and the Basics of Saving”. Her book, Ms. Pig E. Banks: A Pig's Tale for Little Savers,
will also be featured at a youth-friendly savings and entrepreneurship exhibit during the summit.

James is dedicated to breaking cycles of debt among young people through her non-profit financial
education organization, the Pearls for Life Foundation. Ajshay noticed few resources available to
parents to help them inform and inspire their children to earn, save and spend money responsibly, so
she penned Ms. Pig E. Banks: A Pig's Tale for Little Savers. In a survey by T. Rowe Price, 24% of
kids think their parents discourage them from talking about money while 14 percent of the parents
polled stated they actually do discourage their kids from talking about money. “Most books begin the
real conversation about saving from age 9,”says James. “I feel it's important we begin those talks with
our kids from birth. It just means getting more creative and making it more fun for both parent and

The storybook chronicles the watercolor adventures of Ms. Pig E. Banks who teaches a young saver
how to take care for a piggybank by feeding it currency and spending wisely. At the end of the story,
children are invited to read and sign The Piggy Bank Promise® and create a budget or savings plan
including their spending goals (resources are provided in each copy). The book is available for pre-
order and targets children ages 2 and up. Readers may also order copies signed by the author in hard or
soft cover at

Who, What and Where: Promoting the theme “Let’s Get Healthy, Wealthy and Moneywise,” for the
third consecutive year Metropolitan AME Church and the Daniel Alexander Payne Community
Development Corporation team up with PBS-TV’s popular multi-cultural personal finance show
Moneywise with Kelvin Boston to present the Moneywise Financial Empowerment Summit and Tour,
Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 8:30am to 4:30pm at Metropolitan AME Church, 1518 M Street
NW in Washington, DC. Metro accessible; Free (validated) parking @ PMI Garage on M Street
between 16th and 17th Streets. This day-long community event is free, open to the public and includes
special activities for youth. A complimentary continental breakfast and box lunch will be served.
Registration is required.

1:40-2:10pm Panel # 4: Making Your Money Work for You: Reducing Debt and the Basics of Saving

* Linda Easley Stroman, Director of Financial Education, Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB)
* Jahi Davis, Personal Finance Consultant; Former President, Operation Hope Financial Dignity
Center, DC
* Harrine Freeman, CEO/Owner, H.E. Freeman Enterprises; Author, How to Get Out of Debt: Get an
“A” Credit Rating for Free
* Ajshay James, She-EO, The Pearl Group; Youth Financial Expert; Author, Ms. Pig E. Banks, A Pig’s
Tale for Little Savers
* FDIC Representative

Summit headliners and highlights include:
* Kelvin Boston, Host, Moneywise with Kelvin Boston TV series, airs locally on WHUT-TV, Howard
University Television
* Dr. Willie Jolley, Renowned Author and Motivational Speaker
* Robert Ferguson, Health and fitness expert, author of “Diet-Free Life”
* Hon. Marie Johns, Former Obama Administration Small Business Administration chief
* Hon. Sandra L. Thompson, Director, Federal Housing Finance Administration
* Linda Easley Strohman, Director of Financial Education for Capital Area Asset Builders (CAAB)
* Continental Breakfast and Complimentary Lunch
* Six (6) Incredible Financial Workshops
* Learn How to Make the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Work For You And Your Business
* Learn How to Raise $100k in 30 Days through “Crowdfunding” your Business
* Moneywise Marketplace (Financial Exhibitors)
* Live entertainment provided by gospel recording artist Doreen Vail, and much more

For Youth:
* Kid-friendly savings and entrepreneurship exhibits (all ages)
* Ms. Pig. E. Bank$ - teaches children how to save money!
* International Business Kidpreneurs Exhibit
* DC Metro Warriors Kids STEM Youth Organization Meeting on Robotics and Simulators on-site
from 2pm-3:30pm (ages 6-17)

In DC, The Moneywise Financial Empowerment Summit has been hosted by the historic Metropolitan
A.M.E. Church ( and the Daniel Alexander Payne Community
Development Corporation ( over the past several years and has attracted over 1000
attendees. The tour helps attendees take control of their financial futures, increase their assets, stabilize
their communities, safe guard their financial resources, secure their homes, and overcome their
financial fears.

Ajshay N James, CPA, MBA, MSBA, has been featured on the Steve Harvey Morning Show w/ Toni
Richards, WHUR World, Inspired Life Radio, WHUR 96.3 News Break, Under 30 CEO and was
nominated for a 30 Under 30 CEO award. She has established herself as an accountant, entrepreneur,
speaker and philanthropist. Ajshay is President, She-EO and Chief “Pearl-Tivator” of The Pearl Group
Consulting,[TPGC] a parent company that includes My Tax Chick and FINsight accounting and
consulting firms. TPGC is a woman-owned, minority operated business that specializes in taxation,
business, development, strategy and implementation.

 Ajshay is also founder of Daily Pearl$, ( a women's finance website that
delivers money pearls of wisdom via email and is Co-Founder and CEO of The Pearl$ for Life
Foundation, a not-for profit dedicated to promoting financial education, personal and professional
development for youth in the Greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Ajshay is a highly sought-
after speaker for various companies, schools and universities, agencies and community organizations.
Ajshay serves as an Executive board member and trustee for several national and local community
organizations offering financial guidance and enjoys speaking to groups and spreading the financial
literacy and personal motivation message. She is passionate about saving and believes that “plastic
spoon or platinum spoon, we ALL have the capacity to be financially savvy.”

Media Contact
April Peters
Washington, DC

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