DST to sponsor Economic Development Workshop


The Pine Bluff Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. will sponsor an Economic Development Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m Saturday on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

Registration will begin at 9 a.m. in Henderson-Young Hall in the School of Business and Management. The speakers for the workshop will be Lamarcus Coleman, Robin Gann and Carla M. Martin.

Coleman, who will address entrepreneurship, is a professional investor, financial writer and serial entrepreneur. He is the founder of Coleman & Co LLC, an investor education and trader development firm, as well as InventThink, LLC, a proprietary intellectual property firm. Coleman holds a bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration in marketing, a master of business in finance with an emphasis in management, and is pursuing a doctorate of business administration with an emphasis in investment portfolio risk management.

Gann, whose topic will be financial planning, is an associate financial adviser with Matlock & Associates, an Ameriprise Platinum Financial Services® Practice. She is a certified financial planner at the firm. Her areas of focus include retirement planning, family finances, protection planning and investment strategies. She has worked in these areas for more than seven years. Gann is a resident of Central Arkansas for more than 35 years and is married with two children.

Martin will focus on wills and trusts. She is a native of Pine Bluff and graduated from UAPB in 2001 with a bachelor of science in business administration. She received her juris doctorate degree in 2004 from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville School of Law. After practicing law in the areas of criminal defense, domestic relations, probate (wills), and real estate, Martin returned to Pine Bluff as the dean of the School of Business and Management at UAPB. Martin is involved in a variety of professional and community organizations.

April is National Financial Literacy Month and the community is invited to participate in this event. For more information about the workshop, contact co-chairs, Kelly D. Bryant at 501-626-0660, or Renisha Ward at 601-502-7412.