Kinecta Federal Credit Union empowers African American male students with its Fourth Annual Defying the Odds Black History Month Event

Kinecta Federal Credit Union Empowers African American Male Students with its Fourth Annual Defying the Odds Black History Month Event High School Students Learned from Nationally Recognized Black Business Professionals and Community Leaders at this Virtual Symposium

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA (March 7, 2022) — Kinecta Federal Credit Union successfully hosted its fourth annual Defying the Odds Black History Month event. African American male students from Centinela Valley Union High School District (Lawndale High School, Hawthorne High School, Leuzinger High School and Lloyde High School), Long Beach Jordan High School and Verbum Dei High School, had access to a virtual symposium composed of accomplished Black business professionals sharing stories about overcoming adversity to achieve professional success.

Former White House Director of the Presidential Personnel Office, Jonathan McBride; former NASA Engineer, Larry Mizell; Chief of Public Safety at Loyola Marymount University, Robbie Williams; and Head of A&R at NVDVM, Walter Millsap III comprised this year’s panel. The event was moderated by actor Jakobe’ Dempsey with transitions by multi-platinum award-winning music producer Sorry Jaynari.

“It’s an honor to help address the unique challenges that young Black men face while transitioning from high school to college or into full-time employment,” said Latrice McGlothin, Executive Director, Kinecta Community Foundation, and event co-creator. “As part of Kinecta’s commitment to the advancement and strengthening of the communities we serve, we host the Defying the Odds Black History Month event to connect students with tools, community, and contacts to help them define their own paths toward success.”

The event topics included skills for thriving in the workplace, interacting with law enforcement, explorations in aerospace, the business of entertainment, goal setting and resiliency. Students had the opportunity to hear from professionals, ask questions, and share their own stories and goals.

To learn more about Kinecta’s community outreach programs and activities, visit

About Kinecta Federal Credit Union

Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, Kinecta Federal Credit Union is one of the country's largest credit unions, with assets of $6.7 billion and more than 270,000 members from coast to coast. Banking the Southern California area for more than 80 years, with additional branches in New YorkNew JerseyNorthern California and Florida, Kinecta offers its members a full range of financial products from banking, lending and insurance to wealth management services. Kinecta has been recognized by the Mortgage Bankers Association as a recipient of its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Residential Leadership Award, and received the Best of Show award granted by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Technology Council. Residents of Rochester, NY, voted Kinecta as a finalist for Best Credit Union in the Democrat & Chronicle's annual Rochester Choice Awards in 2022. Forbes awarded Kinecta as a top-ranked credit union in California on its America's Best Credit Unions in Each State 2022 List. Kinecta has 30 locations, and its members can use a network of more than 5,800 shared branches and access over 85,000 fee-free ATMs nationwide. For more information on Kinecta, visit the website and LinkedIn.


Ryann Checchi
Interdependence PR

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