Brent Kessel is the co-founder and CEO of Abacus Wealth Partners, a multi-billion dollar financial advisory firm whose mission is to expand what’s possible with money. Brent was born and raised in apartheid South Africa and has been passionate about racial justice ever since. Abacus’ 40+ advisors help clients define their most important social values and financial goals, then manage all aspects of their financial lives in service of both. Abacus has been a dedicated impact investment advisor for over 20 years, and aims to become one of the most diverse and inclusive independent financial advisory companies in the U.S. Brent has taught impact investing at MIT and has been featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal and the cover of Yoga Journal. His book, It’s Not About the Money, was named one of the top five business books of the year by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine.
Kamila is the President of GRID 202 Partners, a financial planning firm with locations in Washington, DC and North Carolina. She has nearly two decades of financial planning and investment experience assisting high net worth individuals, endowments, foundations, and business owners with comprehensive wealth solutions and holistic planning. Kamila is on the CFP Board of Directors, the policymaking and oversight body of Certified Financial Planners for over 88,000 professionals in the U.S. She serves on the Investment Committee for Women Against Abuse Inc. in Philadelphia, PA and is on the Board of Directors for the Junior League of Charlotte, Inc. She is a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ and holds licenses for Life, Health, and Long-Term Care Insurance.
with Ako Ndefo-Haven
Originally from Los Angeles, Ako is a student at Yale University where he studies history and political science. At Yale, Ako serves as an editor on the managing board of the Yale Daily News, is involved in several political organizations, and loves to participate in intramural sports. After graduating, Ako plans to attend law school and pursue a career in litigation or transactional law. In his free time, Ako enjoys playing chess and pick-up basketball.