With fresh perspectives, invaluable lessons, and wealth building expertise, these HWA Speakers are a fantastic choice for one-of-a-kind programs. 


ALEX RODRIGUEZ | Chairman and CEO; A-Rod Corp; Venture Capitalist and Founder, VCP Ventures; Iconic Athlete, Three-Time MVP, and World Series Champion

Alex Rodriguez founded A-Rod Corp in 1995, purchasing a duplex apartment on the theory that investing his MLB earnings wisely would protect him from the kinds of financial struggles that afflict too many professional athletes. While he racked up extraordinary stats on the field (696 home runs and more grand slams than any other MLB player in history), Alex simultaneously assembled an impressive team at A-Rod Corp, bought apartment units across the southeastern U.S., and built a fully integrated real estate and development company. 

"Alex far exceeded my already high expectations! The feedback from the students in the second hour of class was extraordinarily positive about Alex’s talk. Alex was so intelligent - way beyond any law or other degree could provide - yet he was remarkably humble and down to earth at the same time."

-Georgetown Law

CHAD SANDERS | Creator; Screenwriter; Author; Entrepreneur; Host of Direct Deposit Podcast

Prolific creative, author, and tech entrepreneur, Chad Sanders is set to release his highly anticipated Audible Podcast, Direct Deposit: What Happens When Black People Get Rich. Featuring a star-studded roster of guests including Issa Rae, Charles D. King, and Gabrielle Union, the Black Magic author will host frank conversations about race and wealth. Sanders, who is also a co-creator of the Quitters Podcast, is an expert at moderating conversations and getting to the heart of complex subjects. This groundbreaking new series has been featured in The Hollywood ReporterYahoo! EntertainmentVIBE, and more.

"Chad has the unique ability to turn his experiences and the experiences of others into a guidebook that will inspire many healthy conversations. This is Chad's superpower."

-Morgan Freeman


SEKOU KAALUND | Managing Director of JP Morgan Chase & Co.; Leader Behind Advancing Black Pathways; Expert on Strategic Leadership and Sustainable Impact

In a recent interview for Forbes, Kaalund shares powerful insights about his journey to launching and leading Advancing Black Pathways (ABP), and what his work means for himself and his community. He was a Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase at 31 and achieved success across leadership roles in institutional businesses and made an unusual pivot to focus on ABP – in the opportunity, he saw the alignment of his passion and purpose: “ABP’s goal is to strengthen the economic foundation of the Black community, to reverse the historical legacy of segregation, housing discrimination, disenfranchisement and wealth disparity.” Kaalund shares his inspiring vision and the strategies for realizing it, both in this interview and in his highly sought-after keynotes and conversations.

SCOTT GALLOWAY | NYT Bestselling Author; Professor on Brand Strategy and Digital Marketing at NYU; Award-Winning Co-Host of the podcast Pivot with Kara Swisher and Host of The Prof G Show; Elected to the World Economic Forum's "Global Leaders of Tomorrow”

Scott Galloway is Professor of Marketing at NYU’s Stern School of Business and a serial entrepreneur. In 2012, he was named one of the world’s best business professors by Poets & Quants. Scott has founded nine companies, including Prophet, Red Envelope, L2, and Section4. Scott shares his thoughts and insights on how to achieve financial security and reveals his personal frameworks for making financial and career decisions.


ALEXA VON TOBEL | Serial Entrepreneur, Venture Capitalist, and New York Times Bestselling Business Author

Serial entrepreneur Alexa von Tobel, CFP is founder and managing partner of Inspired Capital and the New York Times bestselling author of Financially Fearless and Financially Forward. She leads conversations that resonate with the full entrepreneur experience- everything from nuts and bolts of operations and marketing to high-level gut checks.  

DAN SCHULMAN | CEO of PayPal; Expert on the Future of Money and Values-Based Leadership

Dan Schulman is a cutting edge leader and inspiring example of what a CEO can be, blending profit with purpose to lead PayPal as a tech CEO focused on improving the financial health of people, families, and businesses around the world. Schulman speaks about the future of money and encourages audiences to embrace stakeholder capitalism, inclusion, equality, and more – while also prioritizing responsible and world class business practices.


gmoney | Futurist. Disruptor. Ape.; Famed NFT Collector, Investor, and Thought Leader

Renowned NFT cultural thought leader, educator, and community authority gmoney has built an enormous following and reputation in the crypto economy space while remaining pseudo-anonymous. With over fifteen years of experience primarily in traditional financial sectors, gmoney is a futurist and credible voice in conversations about understanding blockchain technologies, developing a diversified portfolio, and making complex technologies understandable for corporations and communities alike.

MICHAEL 'KILLER MIKE' RENDER | Grammy Award-Winning Rapper; Entrepreneur; Activist; Advocate

Michael 'Killer Mike' Render and Andrew Young, a former member of Congress, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, are collaborating to run a successful Black-owned bank that works to combat systemic racism. Greenwood is a digital banking system that focuses on Black and Latino communities, aiming to tackle discrimination and inequality in banking, such as home ownership by offering education on mortgages and loans, securing loans for new businesses by providing $10,000 a month in grants, serving those who live in banking deserts, recircling money back into the Black community, and more. 


LECRAE | Grammy Award-Winning Hip-Hop Artist, NYT Bestselling Author, and Social Activist

Lecrae talks about the basics of financial health in the new web series Protect the Bag, a six-part series establishing him as an influential voice in the conversation about personal finance and building a legacy, and as a fresh leader in the field of edutainment. 

TAYLOR ROOKS | Sports Journalist; Anchor & Interviewer; Host and Executive Producer of Take It There With Taylor Rooks

Sports Journalist Taylor Rooks recently moderated the "How Not To Suck at Money" panel at Georgia Tech and shared some money secrets, which include borrowing smart, spending with intention and letting your money work for you. Rooks stated, "Save for when things go sideways, and pay yourself first."


GALEY ALIX | Interior Designer; Goldman Sachs Executive

As the CEO of her own company and a finance executive at Goldman Sachs, Galey balances a leadership role at Goldman Sachs during the week, and surprises deserving families with weekend home renovations – which has earned her 4.5M followers online and an upcoming show on HGTV. Galey is in-demand for her insights about finding your purpose, balancing professional opportunities with personal goals, and building a values-based business.

MATT JAMES | TV Personality; Entrepreneur; Crypto Economy Leader; Activist

Matt James is best known for his historic role as the first Black male lead on ABC’s The Bachelor, and now uses his platform to share candid insights from his experience as a reality TV star and wisdom about pursuing mission-focused entrepreneurial projects. Matt has also quickly become a thought leader in the crypto economy. A co-founder of Encrypted Energy and member of Crypto for Black Economic Empowerment, Matt offers leading edge insights about cryptocurrency, blockchain, NFTs, and more.