What we're about

UPC is on a journey Build the Black Inheritance. Our mission is to equip young black professionals with healthy habits that breed success in areas surrounding wealth, business, and personal growth. Such habits will include healthy money management, home investment, setting up passive income, starting businesses, and economic awareness to name a few. The goal is for these habits to become so ingrained in our lives, that they trickle down into our families, social circles, and overall community for generations to come.

Our events will include both social hours and mastermind sessions where we sit and learn from each other as well as experienced professionals in various fields. We each bring something unique to the table, and the idea is to foster a learning environment that draws from that collective experience.

If you support this goal and are ready to jump on the horse, please join us and bring a friend! We can't wait to meet you.

Upcoming events (3)

UPC Saturdays @ The Hawthorne and Marvin (U Street)

I know it’s technically still spring, but DC Summer vibes are in full effect. Last month we hit Dupont Circle and had a great time. This month we’ll be on U street. We’ll be hitting a new spot for the group, Hawthorne. It’s a fun restaurant/bar with a DJ and a great rooftop. Afterward, we’ll head up the street to Marvin. Marvin is a UPC favorite because it’s a guaranteed fun time. There are multiple rooms, so you can bust a move on the dance floor, catch the game or just chill on the rooftop. UPC Fridays/Saturdays is a monthly social event where anyone and everyone, regular attendees and first-timers alike, can kick back and relax with fresh new faces. It's purely social, casual, and always a great time. Daniel

UPC Roundtable: Stock Market Investing

McGinty's Public House

Hey Folks, For everyone who has reached out to me inquiring about the professional side (i.e. wealth-building side) of UPC, the time has come. This summer, UPC is launching a professional development series, and we want you to join us. The series will focus on strategies for developing personal wealth, while also developing a community of knowledgeable, like-minded, impactful young black professionals. To kick off, our first topic will focus on investing in the stock market, a common practice among the long term wealth-minded and a process that has greatly reduced its barrier to entry over the years. Today, pretty much anyone with $5 and a smart phone can invest in the stock market. It is so simple, yet most of us ("us" meaning Americans in general) lack the experience and exposure to move forward. How can I get started? How much do I need? Are there risks? How do I research a company? What is a stock option? What are futures? What strategies are out there? Is there anything I should be doing before I invest? Do I need a broker? Can somebody please hold my hand?!!!? The goal of this discussion will be to familiarize everyone with the process and give us all an opportunity to ask and answer questions. This will not be a pitch, workshop, or "info session". This will be a conversation amongst members of this community, some who own stocks and actively invest, many who do not, and the rest of us who don't even know what the heck a stock is! Also, don't worry, I will be strategically pulling in certain individuals in my network, some in the group and some not, with particular knowledge on the subject. Do you know a practitioner or two? Or are you quite experienced yourself? Please reach out! PLEASE NOTE: We will not be offering investment advice because we are not licensed to do so. We can't and won't tell you which companies to invest in or whether to buy/sell/hold any security. We will simply provide clarity to the overall process. Need more info? Please read the series description below. Any further questions? Please don't hesitate to ask in the comments or send me a personal message. I am more than willing to edit this description for more clarity. I hope to see you there. PLEASE ALSO NOTE: RSVP for this event will not open up until a couple of weeks prior to the event. I will announce when it opens up, so please be on the lookout. Also be aware that there will be a small fee for attendance to cover booking costs. This will also ensure that we have a reasonably sized attendance. __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Each month, UPC will host a new discussion about one of the below topics. We may also mix in a few extra topics to keep things interesting. In addition, there will be opportunities to launch small mastermind groups to run in parallel with the series and extend anywhere from 3 to 8 months in duration. The best way to find out about these will be via personal request or by networking with members. Masterminds will not be posted on this site. The series topics will be as follows: - Stock Market Investing - Buying Black and Keeping It in the Family - Home Ownership & Real Estate Investing - Black Banking - Launching Your Own Business What to expect: - If you've ever been to a UPC event, you have experienced our laid back, communal, and fun style. We will be carrying that same energy with our professional series. - Roundtable discussions will be held at various venues around the city, typically close to Silver Spring. We will begin at 6 PM and run until about 8, starting with a brief social period for attendees and practitioners to meet one another. - Roundtable discussions will include contributions from practicing professionals in the field of discussion. These will not be speeches, pitches, or workshops where a guru comes in and tries to sell you something. Instead, we prefer a genuine and lite social setting where we all sit, eat, drink, and discuss things that truly matter to us and our future generations. Come prepared with questions or even send them in advance. The conversation will be somewhat curated to ensure everyone gets optimal value from this, but everyone will be encouraged to speak up and contribute! - Because these professionals are offering their valuable time, and because our venues will often charge a base fee for private events, there will be a small fee to attend, anywhere from $10 to $35, depending on the venue and expected attendance. This fee will be used to cover those accommodations as well as the practitioners' meals. Sound like something cool, interesting, needed? Good, then sign up! If you're still not sure? Come attend one of our monthly social hours or quarterly game Night, and I'm sure you will be convinced. Look forward to meeting you! Best, Justin

UPC Q2 Game Night @ Kaldis In Silver Spring

Kaldi's Rooftop

Hey Folks. We're bringing Game Night back for 2019 Quarter 2 with a slightly new twist. If you've been a part of UPC for a while, you know that Game Night is pretty much our biggest and most talked about event. Let's kick back and get competitive with an insane amount of games at our favorite black-owned spot, Kaldis in Silver Spring. We'll start the night off right with some interactive games to make sure everyone feels right at home. We'll also have Uno, Connect Four, Taboo, Catch Phrase, Chess/Checkers, Jenga, and of course our standard card games we know and love (i.e. Spades). Plus, when the mood is right, we'll break out a special group game and get everyone involved. WHAT'S NEW IN Q2: - Twister (I dare someone to play this) - Raffle to win 1 of 3 gift cards - There's a brand new lounge in Silver Spring (we may slide by afterwards) Any games you don't see but want to play? Feel free to bring em! We've got a few new ones up our sleeves too. (P.S. If you bring a game and people like it, we might just buy it for next time) Kaldis also has a really great happy hour with great deals that lasts til 8PM, so I guarantee this will be a good time. So prepare for some continued turn-up if you choose to stay out. Come solo or some with friends! You'll be sure to meet some really cool folks in Silver Spring! Best, Justin

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