At this year’s Symposium, we discussed the importance of #BridgingTheGap of wealth our country is facing. To continue the conversation and further spread the word, we invite you to join our Twitter chat on Monday, December 11 featuring special hosts Heather McCulloch, director of Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap, and Tom Shapiro, author and thought-leader on the racial wealth gap.
The chat will dive deeper into America’s wealth gap and what we can do to close it. Our experts will be on-hand to discuss the topic and answer any questions you may have! 

#BridgingtheGap Twitter Chat Questions:

Q1: How is wealth different than income?
Q2: What are key drivers of the women’s wealth gap?
Q3: How does culture affect the wealth gap among minorities?
Q4: Why is the gap so dramatic (a chasm, actually) for women of color?
Q5: How has history shaped the wealth gap among minorities and women?
Q6: What systematic challenges do women and minorities face when trying to grow wealth?
Q7: What role do financial professionals play in closing the gap?
Q8: How does the gap affect how financial professionals interact with clients?
Q9: How can financial professionals be more conscious of culture and its impact on wealth?
Q10: What’s the most important step in closing the wealth gap?

Helpful Tips:

  • When participating in a Twitter chat, it’s helpful to use a free platform such as Tweetchat or tchat to make participation easier. These types of tools allow you to follow along using the campaign hashtag, #BridgingTheGap, and easily respond to questions, like or retweet answers, or follow participants in real time.
  • When tweeting a repsponse to one of the questions above (Q1, Q2, etc.), begin your tweet with “A#” (i.e. A1, A2, etc.) and end with the chat hashtag: “#BridgingTheGap”.

If you are not doing so already, be sure to follow our hosts on Twitter!

  • @AFCPE
  • @womenswealthgap
  • @tmshapiro

About our Hosts:

Heather McCulloch is the founder and director of the Closing the Women’s Wealth Gap Initiative, a national network of 175 leaders from across the nonprofit, philanthropic and public sectors who are working to advance policies and strategies that build wealth for low-income women and women of color ( Ms. McCulloch is also founder and principal of Asset Building Strategies, a consulting firm that advances policies and strategies to build the financial security of low-wealth individuals and families (

Dr. Thomas Shapiro, Director, Institute on Assets and Social Policy and the Pokross Professor of Law and Social Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. Professor Shapiro’s primary interest is in racial inequality and public policy. He is a leader in the asset field with a particular focus on closing the racial wealth gap.  He co-authored a groundbreaking study, The Roots of the Widening Racial Wealth Gap: Explaining the Black-White Economic Divide. The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality, 2004 was widely reviewed. With Dr. Melvin Oliver, he wrote the award-winning Black Wealth/White Wealth, which received the 1997 Distinguished Scholarly Publication Award from the American Sociological Association. In 2011 he was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study the wealth gap in South Africa.

Dr. Shapiro’s widely anticipated new book Toxic Inequality: How America’s Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide, & Threatens Our Future was recently released March 2017.

Questions? Email Rachael DeLeon  Hope you can join us!

December 04, 2017

Join us on Twitter on Monday, December 11 from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET

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