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Los Angeles Urban League has teamed-up with Parkside EDC to create a program designed to increase opportunities for economic empowerment and help stem the erosion of wealth among Black families in the Greater Los Angeles Community. Black Wealth Attainment and Retention Program (BWAARP) will provide seminars and training on the following Legacy Wealth Building Strategies, thus contributing to a financially secure and consciously sustainable community.

2022 Schedule


Crypto Essentials

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 

  • Basic crypto knowledge
  • Do’s and don’ts

Presented by: Najah Roberts

Wealth Impacted by the Unexpected, Did you Plan?

Wednesday, March 23, 2022 

Presented by: Andrea Van Leesten, Trust Atty. & Charles “Butch” Grimes, Conservator/Real Estate Brooker

Building Legacy Wealth with Real Estate

Wednesday, April 13, 2022 

Presented by: James Bird & Reggie Brooks, Real Estate Moguls

A Healthy Approach to Wealth Building

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Presented by: Dr. Regina Edmonds, OBGYN & Dr. Loren Hill, Psychologist

Women handling business

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Presented by: Denise Perry, Financial Planner & Starr Codd, Business Coach

BWAARP Presenters

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Andrea G. Van Leesten

Attorney Andrea Van Leesten, specializes in Estate Planning, Probate, Conservatorship, Guardianship & Elder Law. She has a B.A. in Political Science from UCLA, a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and has certificates in mediation and negotiation from Pepperdine University School of Law. She established Van Leesten Law Corp. in 1991. Andrea is an avid golfer and President of Tee Masters Golf Club.

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Darrell Brown

Darrell has over 47 years of extensive experience in diverse leadership and management roles within the banking world. He is an outspoken advocate for identifying new markets for individual customers and businesses with various financial needs. Post his retirement as Senior Vice President for the Southern California Region of U.S. Bank, Darrell remains active as an agent for change and economic parity in underserved communities. Contact Mr. Brown at Darrell@therewirementproject.com

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James Bird

After several successful years in corporate America James Bird started investing in real estate. He started small by buying and fixing up and flipping small houses, and duplexes, for a good profit, in South Central Los Angeles and then expanded into investing in Apartment Buildings, Condominiums, multi-family units, and commercial real estate in multiple cities across the country.  James Bird graduated from Dorsey High School and California State University Los Angeles, graduating with a BS degree in Business Administration

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Starr Codd

Starr Codd, Business Coach, and Strategist who helps female coaches scale to $10K months and beyond by leveraging audience building on Facebook, magnetic offers, and sold-out launches. She owns a 7-Figure business in Southern California in addition to a 6-Figure Shopify Store. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Cal State Dominguez and an MBA from Mount St. Mary’s University. She is mom to a red-headed 10-year-old boy and a rambunctious 5-year-old curly-headed boy.

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Melanie Denise Perry

As a CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER ™, Melanie D. Perry has been helping people create sustainable wealth by making wise decisions for over two decades years through her private practice. She is now with Urban Wealth Management, a women-owned firm.  She has been recognized by many national organizations for these efforts including the Los Angeles Women’s Chapter of the NAACP. Melanie has authored All about the Benjamins: Helping People Create Wealth in the Midst of Financial Insanity and  Johnathan and Geneva: The Adventures of Zeallionaire Kid.

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Dr. Loren M. Hill

Dr. Loren M. Hill is a licensed clinical psychologist in private practice and a Certified Autism Specialist. Dr. Hill is an experienced academician. She has held several positions in academia. Most recently she was the Director of the Forensic Psychology Post-Baccalaureate Certificates Program at Fielding Graduate University. Prior to that appointment, Dr. Hill was the Department Chair and Director of the Forensic Training Institute in the Clinical Forensic Department at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles Campus. During her tenure, she oversaw mental health training, research, and community outreach in the area of clinical forensic psychology.

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Najah Roberts

Najah Roberts is the CEO and Chief Visionary Officer of the first African American-owned brick and mortar cryptocurrency exchanges in the country – Crypto Blockchain Plug located in Inglewood, CA. She has spent 10+ years counseling thousands of inner-city youth, business professionals, athletes, and families in the cryptocurrency and financial education space.

Najah strives to live a life of relevancy and purpose through service to others and has quickly become a revered figure in online communities like Clubhouse. She has now expanded her reach by Creating Crypto Kids Camp, Co-Founding The Black Wall Street Wallet alongside Hill Harper, as well as Co-Founding CENT (Crypto Entertainment News TV).

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"Butch” Charles Grimes

Butch Charles Grimes is a seasoned real estate broker with more than 36 years of experience. Specializing in Probate, Conservatorships, Trust, Receiverships, and Partition Matters as a Referee. A man of many hats. But his biggest challenge has been taking care of his mom with Dementia. Butch has been through many phases of the disease with his mother and has been able to share his story with others that may be faced with care for a loved one in the future. Dementia/Alzheimer’s has been tough, but a lot of good has come out of his “TEAMS” efforts by creating a 501c3 Non-Profit called whosgonnatakecareofme.org, focusing on Alzheimer’s/Dementia outreach and education.

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Regina L. Edmond, MD

Regina L. Edmond, MD is an exemplary Obstetrician/ Gynecologist in the community. Her undergraduate education was completed at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia where she received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biology.  She then attended Michigan State University College of Human Medicine to obtain her Medical Degree. She returned home to Los Angeles to study Obstetrics and Gynecology at Martin Luther King/Drew Medical Center and Cedars Sinai Medical Center.  She is currently on staff at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and has maintained a private practice in West Hollywood for the past 10 years.

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Reggie Brooks

Reggie Brooks is a multi-millionaire with over 30 years of real estate investing experience. He is helping people achieve the personal and professional wealth they’ve dreamed of, but never quite been ready to put into action. Combining motivational coaching and practical business tools, Reggie Brooks offers more than a map to success. Reggie Brooks’ story is no different than many out there. He grew up poor, fighting his life of poverty with the only weapon he had-his dream to succeed. What makes his story unique, and a story he is compelled to share is that after careful self-reflection, it revealed critical turning points in his own path to success-turning points that you yourself can put into action to find your own path or write your own destiny.

Session 1: Building Black Wealth in a White Economy
Session 2: Wellness is Wealth
Session 3: A Foundation Built on Home and Business Ownership
Session 4: I Will, If you Trust Me
Session 5: Invest Well, Live Well
Session 6: Millionaire Millennials
Session 2-1: Crypto Essentials
Session 2-2: Planning for the Unexpected
Session 2-3: Building Legacy Wealth with Real Estate