The Minority Men’s Health & Wealth Conference, presented by 2nd Chance
Outreach, is our first conference and opportunity for men to come together to ignite a passion for growth through education, motivation, and celebration.
Topics throughout the one-day event will include financial literacy, physical health (heart disease and colon cancer), and mental health.
The conference is free and open to participants who are sixteen and above. Registration is required.
Financial literacy is the ability to effectively manage and make informed decisions about personal finances, including budget saving, and investing.
Personal finance is 80% behavior, 20% numbers, and identifying your “why” is critical for financial wellness.
This session will educate, empower, and equip Black men and boys with the essential tools necessary to live a mentally healthy life. Attendees will learn how the lack of sleep and stress impact their mental wellness. They will also learn how to creatively cope with trauma, positively express emotions, and foster community with others through healthy relationships with self, partner, family, and protective relationships with the world.
Researchers have long understood that African Americans experience a disproportionate level of high blood pressure and heart disease. As they've sought to understand why, evidence has emerged demonstrating the powerful role persistent, excessive levels of stress can play in cardiovascular health.
Attendees will learn about the warning signs of heart disease. They will also learn about some preventative measures that can be implemented into their daily to reduce the chances of heart disease such as exercise, lowering stress, and dietary steps.
According to the Colon Cancer Coalition, Colorectal cancer is the 3rd most common cancer in the African American community. Moreover, African Americans are 20% more likely to get CRC and 40% more likely to die than most other groups.
In this session, attendees will learn about some of the warning signs regarding colorectal cancer. They will learn about preventative measures to combat this disease and/or detect it at an early stage. They will also learn about early screening detection procedures and be encouraged to engage or participate in those procedures – especially if they have a family history of colorectal cancer.
The MMWH Conference is a unique opportunity to put aside any distractions and spend time connecting with like-minded individuals and peers. During this one-day event, we will renew our energy and focus, and learn how to achieve new lifestyle, financial, physical, and mental goals. Network, have fun, and walk away inspired!
Founder of The Willie Spears Experience
Willie Spears is a critically acclaimed keynote speaker, author, evangelist, and award-winning teacher and coach. Coach Spears has excited audiences with his energetic, relatable, and educational presentations. He taught health and wellness for 13 years and he has written 15 books. He earned a bachelor's degree in Communications and a Master's degree in education. His latest video has over 10 million views and he is becoming one of the most requested keynote speakers in the country.
Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, School of Public Health.
Dr. Ivan Wu teaches community health, conducts community-engaged cancer research, and advises students. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology at Michigan State University and has a rich background, including serving as a therapist at the Raymond G. Murphy Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and conducting research in the Department of Health Disparities Research at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center before moving to Minneapolis.
Dr. Wu's passion for community health is evident in his work. He draws heavily from his experience as a psychotherapist focused on providing therapy for those among underrepresented communities who often don't get the support they need. His current efforts are centered on collaborating with communities to create programs that promote healthy living. He explores the connections between mind and body, the influence of culture on health, and strategies to prevent cancer. His significant contributions have earned support from prestigious organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, the Masonic Cancer Center, and the Cancer Prevention Research Institute of Texas, and have been featured in both national and local news outlets.
Associate Professor of Epidemiology & Social Sciences in the Institute for Health & Equity at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW).
He is also an MCW Cancer Center Research Scholar Endowed Chair and the inaugural Associate Director of Community Outreach & Engagement for MCW’s Cancer Center. In addition to being the Founding Director of his Men’s Health Inequities Research Lab, Dr. Rogers is also an Associate Member of the University of Michigan-Mixed Methods Program. His career has permitted him to study, partner with, and/or be a vociferous advocate for various underserved and socially vulnerable groups including community-dwelling older adults, African American, homeless, Somali, adolescents and young adults, Hispanic, rural, Indigenous, and sexual minority populations.
Dr. Rogers is committed to dismantling systems of oppression to ensure equitable health for all. His capabilities and potential have been recognized locally and nationally by receiving several competitive scholarships, grant awards, and fellowships. For instance, since 2018, Dr. Rogers has been awarded over $3.3M from the National Cancer Institute, the Research Foundation of the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons, Exact Sciences, the Medical College of Wisconsin, 5 For The Fight, and the V Foundation for Cancer Research for his community-engaged, mixed-methods research aiming to eradicate inequalities in both colorectal cancer (CRC) screening completion among African-American men and early-onset CRC among individuals younger than the previously recommended CRC screening age of 50.
Wealth Management Advisor
Forbes has recognized Greg Wallace as one of Minnesota's top financial security professionals. He is a proud 1991 Alumni of the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.
Greg has earned the Retirement Income Certified Professional ® (RICP®) professional designation from The American College of Financial Services, Bryn Mawr, PA.
When it comes to your financial goals, each decision you make and action you take will have a significant impact on your future financial circumstances. A good financial blueprint will lay out what you need to do today to achieve your goals tomorrow. Financial success doesn't happen by chance. It has much more to do with choice. Transforming aspirations into actuality takes acumen, hard work, discipline, and strategic financial planning.
MD, Cardiologist, Hennepin County Medical Center
Dr. Ayenew graduated from the University of Minnesota Medical School. He completed his residency training in internal medicine at Hennepin Healthcare. He received a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine from the University of Wisconsin.
After finishing his residency, he began a cardiovascular medicine fellowship at UW-Madison, already knowing that he would return to Hennepin County to build his medical practice.
Nearly 20 years later, Ayenew still is providing cardiovascular care in Minneapolis, focusing his efforts primarily on serving underrepresented populations. He currently practices with the Hennepin Heart Center at Hennepin Healthcare, formerly known as Hennepin County Medical Center. A respected leader in the cardiology field, his name regularly appears on lists of Minnesota’s top doctors.
MD, FACS, FASCRS
Dr. Dykes is a board-certified colon and rectal surgeon and Medical Director of Minnesota Colon and Rectal Surgical Specialists, PLLC (MNCRSS). Dr. Dykes holds a clinical appointment as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota. She is certified by the American Board of Surgery (ABS) and the American Board of Colon and Rectal Surgery (ABCRS). She is an active Fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons.
Dr. Dykes completed her undergraduate studies and medical degree from Brown University in 1988 and 1991, respectively. Subsequently, she completed her residency in General Surgery and fellowship in Colon and Rectal Surgery at the University of Minnesota. During her fellowship, she was recruited by Colon and Rectal Surgery Associates, Ltd. (CRSAL) where, for over six years, she consistently delivered high-quality patient care and rapidly rose to leadership positions as a partner in the practice and member of the practice’s Board of Directors. Recognizing the desperate need for an alternative to the status quo, Dr. Dykes left CRSAL to blaze the trail for Minnesota Colon and Rectal Surgical Specialists – a single specialty practice dedicated to delivering the highest quality colon and rectal patient care, research, and education in a “decidedly different” manner.
The MMHW Conference, presented by 2nd Chance Outreach, is open to men who are 16 years of age and up.
You will learn and be motivated by accomplished professional leaders and pillars of the community on topics including financial literacy, mental wellness, heart disease, and colon cancer, as well as have the opportunity to network with men from all walks of life who want to be empowered to obtain and maintain good health and wealth.
The in-person conference will take place at the Minneapolis College campus, located at Directions to the site can be found here. Parking is “free” and is at the Minneapolis College Parking Ramp, located at 1420 Hennepin Avenue S, Minneapolis, Minnesota (north side of Hennepin).
2nd Chance Outreach wants to connect with as many men as possible. Thanks to the generous sponsors (especially the Colon Cancer Coalition), that believe in our mission, registration for the Men's Elevation Conference is free!
The MMHW Conference, presented by 2nd Chance Outreach, will open its doors at 9:00 am. You are invited to join us for a continental breakfast through 10 am. The first presenter will present at 10:05 am. The second presenter will occur at 10:30 am. The morning discussion panel will occur from 11:00 until 11:55. Lunch will follow at 12:00 pm. We will reconvene for the first-afternoon presenter at 12:45 pm. The second-afternoon presenters will occur at 1:15 pm. The second discussion panel will occur from 2:00 to 3:00. The guest speaker will speak at 3:00 pm. Closing remarks and promotional giveaways will conclude the program by 3:45 pm