The JP UP Date: Black Bankers Making An Impact

Katie ArnoldThe JP UP date

Number 157                        February 11, 2021                                   St. Louis

Black Bankers:  Advancing Financial Asset-Building Across St. Louis

Penned by Shawna Collier, Chief Partnership Officer at Justine PETERSEN, this is the second installment in a four-part series that will run each Friday in The JP UP date during Black History Month.  

Black History Month provides an opportunity for practitioners in the financial services industry, along with the community at large, to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Black bankers in the St. Louis area who have truly moved the needle on advancing economic empowerment and narrowing the racial wealth gap.  Equality for all can only be achieved when there is equal access to mainstream financial products and services.

The photos above include fellow bankers that I partner with in the St. Louis market.  The montage is by no means comprehensive; there are so many other Black bankers that I partner with through both my work at Justine PETERSEN, but also through my community volunteer efforts and nonprofit board participation.

I offer sincere thanks to my colleagues for their commitment to the community, and I welcome a future ripe with opportunity and prosperity.

Pictured above are Tasha Pettis-Bonds and Karen Wiley of Midwest BankCentre, Jeannine Murphy of FCB Banks, Monica Campbell of Enterprise Bank & Trust, and Eric Madkins of Regions Bank.

JP Offers 3 Days of 1:1 Asset-Building Counseling at Tri-County Urban League in Central Illinois

Justine PETERSEN staffers recently offered 3 days of one-on-one counseling sessions at the Tri-County Urban League located in Peoria, Illinois.  Established in 1965, the mission of Tri-County Urban League, Inc. is to advance the regional economy and quality of life in Central Illinois by promoting education and improving the employability, self-sufficiency and social well-being of African-Americans and people in need.  Individuals met with JP staffers to discuss ways to improve their personal credit scores and access small dollar Life Loans and small business microloans.  JP looks forward to future partnership opportunities with the Tri-County Urban League.

Money Smart Kids Essay Contest Now Open

It’s that time of the year again!  Money Smart Month is quickly approaching in April, and the annual Money Smart Month Kids Essay Contest application period has officially opened. Geared for students in grades 6-8, participants use their creativity, communications skills and money management knowledge to respond to a contest question in an essay containing approximately 500 words or less. Classroom teachers and youth program staff are encouraged to use this as a classroom activity to help develop money management skills in students. To learn more, visit

Back to Back to Back Birthdays (BBBB)

It was birthday week here in the JP office, with the witnessing of four birthdays over a span of three consecutive birthdays:  Ronika Moody on Wednesday, February 9th; Ashley Anderson on Thursday, February 10th; and Sheri Flanigan-Vazquez and Nikki Wilson on Friday, February 11th! Safeguards were put in place to limit cake and ice cream overdosing. Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday! Happy Birthday!