Money Matters for Youth
Founder & Director
Investments for Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.
Gail Perry-Mason, of Detroit, Michigan, has come a long way, from foster care to caring for others. Her years of experience coupled with her “down-to-earth” but also “down-to-business” style has made her a sought after speaker and presenter. Regularly addressing capacity crowds, she educates people on financial literacy conducting financial training sessions and workshops for companies such as Chrysler, Ford, General Motors, MGM, CBS News, Comcast, Blue Cross Wells Fargo, Comerica and many more. Her regular national speaking engagements include keynote addresses at the University of Notre Dame, All Star Game, the NAACP Image Awards Women’s Reception, NBA Wives, University of Hawaii and the Allstate Purple Purse Movement, to name a few. Gail’s wisdom also hit the airwaves as she co-hosted an award-winning talk show entitled “Building Wealth,” via broadcast on iHeartRadio affiliate WMXD (MIX 92.3 FM) and a television broadcast on Comcast Cable. She has appeared on national outlets such as BET, Fox News, PBS, CNN, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC, RadioOne and NPR Radio. In 2014, Gail was a featured financial speaker at the Essence Women’s Festival, and keynote speaker for Harvard University Black History Month.
A respected authority in the financial industry, Gail is also a bestselling author. Ms. Perry-Mason is a prolific, published writer and has written articles for local and national print media. Her features can be found in many publications, including: Ebony, Black Enterprise, On Wall Street, Research Magazine, Quick and Simple-Good Housekeeping Magazine, Essence, Jet, Free Press and Detroit News, Signature Magazine, Corp!, Washington Post and by the Associated Press.
Gail is extremely visible and active in her community. Recognizing the necessity of teaching youth the importance of money management, she has mentored over 30 young women who are now professionals in the financial industry. Ms. Perry-Mason has implemented a program within the Detroit Public Schools cultivating financial literacy and outlining the steps to entrepreneurship. She has served as Chairperson for the Tavis Smiley Youth to Leaders Program in Detroit and was honored for her work with Mr. Smiley at a benefit in Los Angeles. Gail is an honorary member of Elliottorian Business and Professional Women’s Club and a member of The Links, Incorporated. She currently serves on boards of many local and national organizations, including DMC Harper-Hutzel Hospital (formerly Women’s Hospital), Detroit Music Hall, Detroit Development Fund, Nevada Women’s Money Council and Morgan State University. Gail is also an ambassador for The Walker’s Legacy & Walker’s Legacy Foundation. She has been keynote speaker for Stocks & Stilettos Society and has been a diversity and inclusion speaker for CBS News and many other corporations. In July, 2020 Gail spearheaded the first ever Virtual Money Camp for Money Matters For Youth, which reached across the globe from Detroit to Canada to Africa.
Continuing her community involvement, Gail founded the original Money Camp for Teens and the first youth investment club, now known as the Money Matters for Youth Camp. Since 1996, Gail has instructed thousands of young people throughout Metropolitan Detroit, Denver, and Jamaica. Money Matters has taught the core values of financial awareness and literacy, development of diverse, positive relationships and entrepreneurship, while emphasizing a message of giving back through service and philanthropy. Its ultimate goal is to provide a program that is committed to fostering the social, emotional and cognitive growth of young people while preparing them for professional and personal success. Gail’s program has received national recognition, with Money Matters receiving an invitation from Warren Buffett to be the first youth group to attend the Berkshire-Hathaway Shareholder Meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, and was featured in a national documentary on Mr. Buffett in 2017.