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Money Smarts School of Finance for Children

Guest Speakers 

We take pride in this great opportunity for our students to engage with business professionals that are working right here in the St. Louis area!

Robert Kamkwalala

Professor of finance Business administration, Harris-stowe State University


Harris-Stowe State University has named Dr. Robert Kamkwalala, assistant professor of finance and business administration, as its 2011 Emerson Excellence in Teaching Educator of the Year. Dr. Kamkwalala teaches courses at the university's Anheuser-Busch School of Business, located in South St. Louis.Dr. Kamkwalala joined Harris-Stowe as a full-time faculty member in the fall of 2006 after serving as adjunct faculty since 2001. 

During his time at the university, Professor Kamkwalala has taught a variety of courses including Business Finance, Budgeting and Cash Management, Financial Management in Health Care Institutions, Accounting Information Systems, Seminar in Higher Education and Topics in Higher Education. In addition to his regular HSSU teaching duties, Dr. Kamkwalala is a member of the Harris-Stowe Budgeting Committee, Business Advisory Council, Education Advisory Council and St. Louis Unbanked Task Force.

Professor Kamkwalala holds a doctor of philosophy in management and a master's of finance from Webster University in St. Louis. He is a graduate of HSSU, with a bachelor of science degree in business administration, with honors. He also earned an associate of arts degree in business administration from St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.Prior to becoming a professor, Dr. Kamkwalala worked as a telecommunications traffic manager in the Planning Department of Malawi Posts and Telecommunications. His academic and research interest include organizational effectiveness, organizational behavior and organizational development. His articles have been published in a variety of academic and practitioner-oriented journals.

Dr. Kamkwalala, in the past, has received the HSSU Collegiate 100 Teacher of the Year award; HSSU Distinguished Alumnus award; HSSU Distinguished Pathfinders Award; St. Louis Metro Sentinel "Yes I Can" award; and was named an All-American Scholar by the United States Achievement Academy, to name a few. He is a member of the Financial Management Association and the American Management Association.

Marcia Conaghan

program manager, GRace hill women's business Center

Marcia Conaghan’s history includes not only being an entrepreneur with a successful business of her own, but also helping others get into business. Today, she works for Grace Hill Women’s Business Center, which focuses on women and minorities in underserved communities. As a public/private partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Grace Hill WBC is a leader in providing business development services.

Conaghan leads Grace Hill WBC which offers WIBO, a 16-week workshop series designed to help existing and new business owners build growing, profitable businesses. She demonstrates a deep commitment to helping small business owners improve their businesses and their lives. In previous years, Conaghan ran her own business for 16 years and later supported business owners as a consultant and directed the Women Entrepreneur (WE) program at St. Louis Community College, where she developed and enhanced its curriculum.

In 2012 Marcia Conaghan was named Women in Business Champion of the Year by SBA Region VII.

Jerome Katz

Professor of Entrepreneurship, Saint Louis University

As far back as 1995 Inc. Magazine recognized Professor Katz as one of the world's top  entrepreneurship researchers. Today, Professor Katz is an internationally recognized expert on entrepreneurship and entrepreneurship education. In the late 1980’s Jerome was Associate Director of the Missouri State Small Business Development Centers, and today is Director of SLU’s Billiken Angel Network, as well as head of Saint Louis University’s nationally ranked entrepreneurship program.

Jerome is lead author of Entrepreneurial Small Business (McGraw-Hill) one of the top three texts globally in entrepreneurship and small business, which melds his experience growing up in his family’s firms and his own business with the latest in research-based entrepreneurship pedagogy. The text has US, international, Chinese and Korean editions. He has been quoted in more than 150 articles in the major magazines in business and entrepreneurship, as well as the major American newspapers.

His awards include Babson College’s Appel Prize for Entrepreneurship Education and the Family Firm Institute's LeVan Award for Interdisciplinary Contributions to Business. Jerome holds a PhD in Organizational Psychology from the University of Michigan, and other degrees from Harvard, the University of Memphis and Rhodes College.

Debbie Monk

circulation sales consultant, St. Louis Business Journal

Debbie is a native of St. Louis with strong roots in the business community. She joined the Audience Development Department of the St. Louis Business Journal in September 2010. Her role at the Business Journal is twofold: to increase circulation and make sure that her readers and subscribers find value in their paper and see a return on their investment. The Business Journal brand has afforded Debbie the luxury of meeting and connecting St. Louis’ most influential business leaders.  

Prior to joining the Business Journal, she worked in the Business Sales Division of Tiffany & Co. for fourteen years. Debbie's responsibilities included corporate sales for the purposes of recognition, incentives, custom programs, trophies and one-of-a- kind custom design projects. While employed with Tiffany & Co. Debbie was an avid reader of the Business Journal. Her familiarity with the paper made it a natural fit to represent the Business Journal.

Her career prior to Tiffany & Co. was spent in the hospitality industry, opening two hotels: The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis as the Associate Director of Sales and the Stouffer Concourse Hotel at the airport. 

Eddie G. Davis

Executive director, caaab

Mr. Davis serves as the President & Executive Director of the Center for the Acceleration of African American Business.  He formed DaLite & Associates, LLC in 2001 to serve as a business consultant to small and mid-size businesses.  He also serves as Chairman of the Economic Development Committee, St. Louis Black Leadership Roundtable and the Economic Empowerment Division of the 100 Black Men of Metropolitan St. Louis.  He is the Past President of the St. Louis Minority Business Council and a past member and President of the St. Louis Board.  

Mr. Davis was employed by AmerenUE for 26 years, finally serving as the company’s Minority Business Developer in Purchasing Department.  He was selected as the 2009 National Minority Business Champion by the U. S. Small Business Administration and invited to Washington, DC to receive the award and to meet the President in the White House.

David Grahm

Comedian, "The clean comedian"

This six-foot-six teddy bear will take any event to the next level.David Graham is a clean comedian who hits those hard-to-reach areas of the comedic nervous system. From family discipline to a spell-binding Temptaions review with David doing all four-parts harmony acapella, it is thevery definition of a "show".

Flint Finlinson

ceo and agency director, Propaganda, inc. 

Flint Finlinson, CEO and Agency Director for Propaganda, Inc. began his marketing career on the sales floor in a men’s clothing store while in college.  It was a part time job he took mainly for the discount on a new wardrobe at the local mall.  It turned out to be a good fit and he soon worked his way up through the marketing department rising to VP at one of the nation’s largest specialty retailers, Edison Brothers Stores, Inc. During his time at EBS, he oversaw the marketing efforts of three of the company’s menswear brands, OAKTREE, Zeidler & Zeidler and Terrasystems.

In 1997 he joined a growing St. Louis based design firm, Phoenix Creative, as a national account director charged with developing a strategic consulting division for the company, specifically targeting retail and restaurant brands. With Finlinson at the helm of the new division, Phoenix Creative landed their first nationally positioned clients including Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Borders Group Inc., Edison Brother Stores Inc., The Sports Authority, Propper International, Finish Line Stores and Houlihan’s Restaurant Group.

 In 2001 Finlinson founded Propaganda as a brand strategy and design firm.  The company has enjoyed steady growth over its ten-year history providing brand strategies and award winning creative solutions for a variety of brands including, Philosophy skin care, Marmi Footwear, Dial soap, Right Guard deodorant, Purex laundry detergent, Tone body wash, Ted's Montana Grill, Zoes Kitchen, Pie Five Pizza Company and many more.