See it, Be it Role Model
Financial Planning Program Director Prairie View A&M University Prairie View, Tex.
The notion of “See it, be it” underlies everything Danny Harvey does in his role as financial planning program director for Prairie View A&M University, one of the nation’s historically black universities, located in Prairie View, Texas.
Realizing a long-held dream of teaching and promoting financial planning, he transitioned into academia six years ago after a 20-year career that included positions in portfolio management and commodities trading.
In addition to establishing the CFP Board-approved program in 2018, Mr. Harvey has focused most of his energies on highlighting diverse role models in the industry for his students. His initiatives have included:
• Peer education: These optional, volunteer service projects arrange for college students to teach financial literacy to high school students.
• Trips: Every year, he takes students to visit New York investment banks and stock exchanges and to the annual conference of African American Financial Professionals.
• Speakers: He has held discussion panels showcasing professionals such as women in finance and certified financial planners who were former professional athletes.
• Conference and job fair: He created this event to bring industry professionals and students together to provide workshops, seminars and networking opportunities.
His philosophy of service is simple: “You don’t give to get, but if you give you will get.”
— Deborah Nason