Aug
25

African American Fellowship Final Presentation: Michelle Oliver

Aug 25, 2024

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Michelle Evans Oliver is a distinguished leader and scholar with a unique blend of genealogical and historical research expertise and over 20 years of experience in the financial, insurance and marketing industries. As the President and Wealth Advisor of The Oliver Financial Group, she has dedicated her career to helping individuals across the United States secure their financial futures and create lasting legacies for their families. Michelle excels at guiding her clients through critical financial decisions, ensuring they are well-informed and confident in their choices. She combines her passion for financial literacy with her dedication to historical and genealogical research, applying the same principles of education and empowerment to both fields.

Michelle’s outstanding contributions have earned her numerous accolades, including AARP Virginia’s “Rookie of the Year,” the Richmond Free Press “Personality of the Week,” and the Visionary Award from Urban Views Weekly. She has been featured in the Richmond Times-Dispatch’s “People You Should Know” business section and has appeared on several radio shows. Her expertise has been widely quoted in various publications, including Bankrate.com, Black Enterprise, Essence, Heart and Soul and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Additionally, she has served as the CVS Pharmacy Personal Finance Expert Spokesperson.

In addition to her financial career, Michelle is a renowned family historian. Her research interests include pre-Civil War African American history, the post-Reconstruction Era, African American cemeteries, slavery businesses and the application of artificial intelligence in genealogy. She has extensively studied the Black Randolph’s and Woodson’s of Virginia and the impact of slavery life insurance.

Michelle is an influential member of the genealogical community. She is the Immediate Past President of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society (AAHGS) Richmond Chapter and the current Marketing and Communications Chair for AAHGS National. She founded the Richmond, Virginia Branch of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). She was a Planning Committee Member for the Virginia African American Summit.

Her speaking engagements and presentations are numerous, including keynotes at the Sons and Daughters of the Middle Passage Conference and national conferences for AAHGS and ASALH. She has been an invited descendant at the Descendant Communities Social Innovation Lab and has led significant events such as the ancestral veneration ceremonies at Berkeley Plantation in Charles City, Virginia, and Ampthill Plantation in Cumberland County, Virginia.

Michelle’s contributions to preserving African American history are further highlighted by her fellowships, including the Virginia Black Public History Summer Institute and the New Leaders Council. Her work in media includes serving as a casting agent and genealogist for PBS’s “Legacy List with Matt Paxton” and appearing on NPR to discuss her African American lineage.

This final presentation will be virtual, we hope you can attend! Link to attend virtually and time coming soon.