• Michele profiled in Philadelphia STYLE

    Michele profiled in Philadelphia STYLE

    Michele was featured as part of the May/June 2013 issue's '7 Sensational Philadelphia Women'!

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  • Michele recognized by the Harlem YMCA as a 'Black Acheiver in the Industry'

    Michele recognized by the Harlem YMCA as a 'Black Acheiver in the Industry'

    Each year hundreds of community and business leaders join the Harlem YMCA to honor the achievements of black professionals. Since 1971, this annual event has paid national tribute to the corporate leadership and community service of black achievers in industry and continues to serve as a vehicle for the Harlem YMCA, corporations, and local organizations to partner and provide mentoring programs, scholarships, and other opportunities.

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  • Michele talks Productive Meetings with Smart CEO

    Michele talks Productive Meetings with Smart CEO

    Michele Lawrence was featured in the February 2013 issue of Smart CEO Magazine, discussing the best tips and tools for productive team meeting.

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  • Michele chats with Philadelphia Tribune about CitiLift!

    Michele chats with Philadelphia Tribune about CitiLift!

    Michele and Wells Fargo Bank has teamed up with local nonprofit organizations to host a two-day CityLIFT event for potential homebuyers.The Philadelphia Tribune has the details.

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Leading business and community leader Michele Lawrence has served Philadelphia and its surrounding counties for over a decade by educating and mentoring individuals and neglected communities on financial literacy and economic empowerment, while simultaneously creating a mentorship and empowerment programs for young men and young women in the Philadelphia/Delaware Valley and its surrounding counties. As a business leader in banking, Lawrence has groomed leaders, increased productivity and sales, and surpassed regional and national corporate goals. In the community, she works to help young black men create a brighter future by establishing the 501(a) Saving Our Boys, which teaches life coping skills. Her dedication to business building and her community is exemplary.

 

Philadelphia STYLE Profile!

Philadelphia STYLE Profile!

For Philadelphia STYLE’s May/June 2013 Issue, editors identified 7 Philadelphia women who take charge in the board room, break boundaries,…
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Michele launches ‘Adopt-a-School’

Michele launches ‘Adopt-a-School’

“”The program is about helping students succeed. Regardless of whether the physical building closes or not, the partnership work that…
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Painting the Town with the 76ers!

Painting the Town with the 76ers!

Michele and Wells Fargo joined the Philadelphia 76ers to ‘Paint the Town Blue’ on October 24th, to help celebrate the start…
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Michele talks ‘College Bound’

Michele talks ‘College Bound’

As part of her commitment to encourage and empower young people, and provide them with the tools needed to succeed,…
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Saving our Boys – Summer 2012

Saving our Boys – Summer 2012

From July 8th to July 13th, Michele hosted the 2012 summer session of Saving Our Boys. The young men gathered…
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Money Tip #5

Money Tip #5

Rental Payments Will Count Toward Credit History – by Sheiresa Ngo  – If you don’t own a home, have little credit card history, or…
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‘The Network Journal’

‘The Network Journal’

Michele Lawrence covers the March 2012 issue of ‘The Network Journal’ – the national African American business magazine dedicated to educating…
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Honored by NCBW

Honored by NCBW

In recognition of her corporate leadership and community advocacy, Michele was honored with The National Coalition of 100 Black Women…
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Michele profiled in Tribune

Michele profiled in Tribune

Kimberley Richards with The Philadelphia Tribune chatted with Michele about her work as a community leader and a change maker…
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  • Philadelphia STYLE Profile!

    Philadelphia STYLE Profile!

    For Philadelphia STYLE’s May/June 2013 Issue, editors identified 7 Philadelphia women who take charge in the board room, break boundaries, impact their communities, and lead by example. Michele was selected as one of those women! Check out the profiles online, here

  • Michele launches ‘Adopt-a-School’

    Michele launches ‘Adopt-a-School’

    “”The program is about helping students succeed. Regardless of whether the physical building closes or not, the partnership work that Wells Fargo facilitates will support current Germantown students wherever they end up attending school in the District.”
    — Michele Lawrence, senior vice president and area president Philadelphia Community Banking, Wells Fargo

    Continue reading here.

  • Painting the Town with the 76ers!

    Painting the Town with the 76ers!

    Michele and Wells Fargo joined the Philadelphia 76ers to ‘Paint the Town Blue’ on October 24th, to help celebrate the start of the regular season and the team’s new blue jerseys!

    Members of the entire team, including coaches and players, made eight total stops including Wells Fargo Bank at 123 S.Broad Street, to present a blue jersey to Wells Fargo and sign autographs for fans!

    The Philadelphia 76ers play in the Wells Fargo Center.

     

  • Michele talks ‘College Bound’

    Michele talks ‘College Bound’

    As part of her commitment to encourage and empower young people, and provide them with the tools needed to succeed, Michele made a stop by  a Chester  area College Bound event on September 25th to speak with young men and women about success and the value of hard work and perseverance!

     

  • Saving our Boys – Summer 2012

    Saving our Boys – Summer 2012

    From July 8th to July 13th, Michele hosted the 2012 summer session of Saving Our Boys. The young men gathered at Arcadia University for 5 days of discussion and best practices as it relates to mentorship, the tools to effective leadership, and being stalwarts in their families, their schools, and their communities.

    As a continuation of the summer session, the young men participate in monthly Saturday sessions during the school year, led by Saving Our Boys directors and covering the topics touched on during the summer, and expanding upon them.
  • Money Tip #5

    Money Tip #5

    Rental Payments Will Count Toward Credit History – by Sheiresa Ngo  – If you don’t own a home, have little credit card history, or don’t own a car, you still have a chance at building your credit file. Credit reporting agency Experian has begun including apartment rental history to their database. Before, apartment rental history only appeared on your report after a property management company sent it to a collections agency and the agency then reported it to the credit bureaus. Now, positive history will also be reported. This is beneficial to consumers who have thin credit files (those with little or no credit history), making it easier for them to qualify for loans. Now, paying your rent on time will improve your credit score. But this only applies to Vantage scores offered by Experian. Equifax and TransUnion are not offering rental payment history.

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  • ‘The Network Journal’

    ‘The Network Journal’

    Michele Lawrence covers the March 2012 issue of ‘The Network Journal’ – the national African American business magazine dedicated to educating and empowering Black professionals – as one of this year’s ’25 Influential Women in Business’.

    Launched in March 1999, The Network Journal’s ‘25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards’ honors women whose professional achievements have significantly impacted an industry or profession, and who also have made an important contribution to their community.

    Lawrence and her fellow honorees received a specially designed crystal award at the annual ‘25 Influential Black Women in Business Awards’ Luncheon held in March 2012 in New York and attended by more than 600 business leaders including executives from CNN, BET, TV-One, Vanguard and State Farm.

  • Honored by NCBW

    Honored by NCBW

    In recognition of her corporate leadership and community advocacy, Michele was honored with The National Coalition of 100 Black Women – Pennsylvania Chapters inaugural Women of Power award, during the 26th Annual Madam CJ Walker Awards Luncheon.

  • Michele profiled in Tribune

    Michele profiled in Tribune

    Kimberley Richards with The Philadelphia Tribune chatted with Michele about her work as a community leader and a change maker with Saving Our Boys.

     

    “When Michele Lawrence learned of the alarming high-school dropout rate statistics and high chances of imprisonment for African-American boys, she was motivated to start an organization that would fight against those odds.

    Lawrence attended a neighborhood meeting with a friend discussing imprisonment and education and how it relates to African-American boys.

    “I heard prisons were being built in Pennsylvania based on the test scores of eight-year-old boys,” Lawrence said. “Now they’re telling 8-year-old boys, ‘don’t dare to dream because you’ll be an inmate rather than a graduate.’”” Read the article in full here.

  • Michele chats with Comcast

    Michele chats with Comcast

    On January 27, Michele sat with Jill Horner, host of Comcast Newsmakers, to discuss the mission of Saving Our Boys and the work the organization does with young men of color, ages 10 to 17.

    The segment will air on Comcast Network throughout the month of February 2012.

     

     

  • Money Tip #4

    Money Tip #4

    by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox 

    When Apple co-founder Steve Jobs passed away this month, he left behind a huge legacy – and a huge financial fortune too. Since Jobs was one of the richest men in America, his family undoubtedly had no problem paying for his funeral and putting Jobs to rest.

    Unfortunately, that’s not the case with many other Americans. It’s a sad reality that many families and individuals have to deal with, but the truth is that when many people pass away, their family members or close friends struggle to afford the funeral.

    Knowing what to do when you can’t afford to bury a relative can help to relieve some of the stress and heartache of this difficult time.

    Read the rest at BlackEnterprise.com.

  • Michele partners with FFAWN

    Michele partners with FFAWN

    In October 2011, Michele partnered with FFAWN – The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now Inc. (FFAWN) – to produce a monthly financial literacy workshop for the young women at the FFAWN Center in Yonkers, NY. On the second Thursday of every month, Michele discusses money management, saving, budgeting/spending, and creating wealth with a group of 20-25 ladies.

  • Women & Money

    Women & Money

    Women & Money: Lessons From the Financially Independent

    Living below your means is a tried and true method to gain – and keep – your wealth

    Financial independence can sometimes be an illusive concept. So I think it is always helpful to take a peek into the mindset of those who have achieved it. Take a look at these comments from a survey about two years ago byWilmington Trust and Camden Research: “I live below my means. … I live very modestly”; “It’s the same house that I raised my children in since elementary school”;  “I live simply and really focus on saving.”

    If these comments sound like something you might be aspiring to because of the recent recession, you might be surprised to know that the women who responded to this survey have a minimum net worth of $25 million, so they can well afford to live richly even during a recession.

    But according to the study, there is a wealth paradigm shift going on and affluent women who once took on the traditional woman’s role are now taking control of their futures. The study concludes that they are “focused not on viewing their wealth as a measure of success but as a source of empowerment to achieve their goals and independence.” And this view was shared among women who worked for their money as well as those who inherited it.

    Here are some other key findings of the study:

    – Women are seeking a holistic approach to wealth management, which includes establishing family governance structures and fostering dialogue, particularly with their children, about wealth management.

    – Even though the women surveyed said they were raised in households with traditional views of a woman’s role, they are emerging with a commitment to develop their professional skills and to be viewed in their families and communities as having equal opportunities and status as men.

    – Women are stepping up to new levels of involvement in the management of their families’ wealth, with 88% of those in the study playing a high-to-moderate role in the management of family assets. They are meeting regularly with advisors, reading investment performance reports, and trying to compile a complete wealth picture.

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  • Money Tip #3

    Money Tip #3

    Taking care of financial matters may be the last thing on your mind when you’re dealing with a parent or loved one who is dying.
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  • Michele speaks at PA Conference

    Michele speaks at PA Conference

    On September 22,2011, Michele will join Karen Greene, VP Financial Services,  Americsource Bergen and Deborah Hong, Partner, Stradley Ronon Stevens & Young, LLP for a panel on ‘Extraordinary, Powerful, and Influential Women’ at the 2011 Pennsylvania Diversity & Leadership Conference.

    Discussion topics will include: As a Woman, How do I Get Paid What I Am Worth?; What Does It Take to Become a Woman of Power & Influence in Today’s World?; and Gaining the Trust and Credibility You Deserve.

    The Conference’s keynote speakers are professor and author Cornel West and noted political strategist Donna Brazille.  Other sessions include ‘Chief Diversity Officer Best Practice Roundtable’, ‘Smart Women Take Smart Risks’, ‘Multicultural Roundtable’, and ‘Creating Your Success through Coaches, Mentors & Networks’.

    The 2011 2nd Annual Pennsylvania Diversity & Leadership Conference aims to providing a platform for dialogue on inclusion and diversity-related issues that impact this region. DiversityFIRST™: Creating New Opportunities for Your Community, as this year’s theme indicates, will provide participants the opportunity to share best practices and strategies to formulate integrated diversity initiatives that link business goals to workplace, marketplace and community diversity objectives.

  • Money Tip #2

    Money Tip #2

    Between tuition, room, board and books, college can be an expensive proposition.
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  • Michele joins NBC10 @ Issue

    Michele joins NBC10 @ Issue

    Michele joins Steve Highsmith for an NBC10 @ Issue segment regarding Saving Our Boys
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