Black & Connected Series

Read about the series themes below, select and join us!

What is it?

Black & Connected Committee (Professional Development) kicking off in Spring 2021*

Black & Connected is an onboarding and continuous retention initiative for new Black professionals to have the opportunity to connect with seasoned Black colleagues on campus that have a historical knowledge of the campus, city of Murray, and county of Calloway as well as the area of Western Kentucky, share a wide array of experiences reflected through employment longevity (5+ years] at the University. Black & Connected’s goal is to provide information, initiate possibilities for mentoring relationships, support, guidance, a sense of belonging, and impact retention of Black employees through an informal conversation concept coupled with educational sessions/tracks along the way.

Track 1: Health & Wellness

Track 2: Financial Health

Track 3: Career Development

Track 4: Research & Publications

Track 5: Networking

Track 6: Other Areas of Professional Development

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Track 2: Financial Health & Wellness

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Session 2: Money Management & Budgeting

Monday, March 8th, 2pm

This is an online event.

Join Banker Paige Kindle on Monday, March 8 at 2 pm via ZOOM to learn how to keep more of your money in your account. Click here to register and receive the ZOOM link.


Paige is a professional in the community banking industry with experience in client service, marketing, training, compliance, culture, product development as well as diversity & inclusion. She has held many roles within her 13+ year banking career but currently holds the position of Marketing Product Specialist at CFSB (Community Financial Services Bank).

She is a 2007 graduate of Murray State University where she was a member of the Women’s Basketball team for 2 years and also a member of the Nu Rho chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated. In 2014, she became a chartering member of the Alpha Alpha Iota Zeta Graduate chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated in Murray, KY. She is also the Assistant Coach of the Murray Middle School girl’s basketball team and volunteers locally for a few different organizations within the community. When she isn’t at work or coaching, you can usually find her at home or traveling with her husband Dale and her three beautiful children: Kaydence (12), Kanyon (3) and Karsyn (18 months) making lots of memories!

CFSB Giveaway Winners for Money Management Session

Congratulations winners!

Kim Newbern - Destroy Your Student Loan Debt by Anthony O'Neal (Book)

Mary-Elaine Horn - Get Good with Money by Tiffany Aliche (Book) (arrives on March 30th)

Carruth Kitrell - Dave Ramsey Financial Peace- Peace University Kit (Financial Kit)

All giveaways can be picked up in the Office of IDEA on Friday, March 12, 2021

Interested in today's giveaways? Click on the link to find these tools on

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Session 3: Growing Your Money

Thursday, March 25th, 12pm

This is an online event.

Join Financial Planner Expert Patrick White on Wednesday, March 25 at 12 noon via ZOOM to learn more about how to grow your money, the benefit of wills, etc. Click here to register and receive the ZOOM link.


Patrick White is a Registered Financial Consultant with White Financial Group, Inc. in Paducah, Kentucky who works to give his clients hope in regards to their financial future while striving to prepare them for independence in retirement. As a financial advisor, Patrick helps his clients plan for their futures in the areas of retirement, investments, insurance, college and wealth building. Patrick is the President of White Financial Group, Inc., a company that provides the dual services of financial planning as well as tax preparation. His knowledge of the tax code enables Patrick to advise his clients based on the tax consequences of their investment decisions. Patrick has been working in the financial industry since 1995, and he works with clients from all income levels because of his belief that it’s not where you start but where you finish that counts.


Originally from South Carolina, Patrick earned a football scholarship and played for Murray State University, where he earned his Bachelor of Science Degree with a major in Business Management.

Following graduation, Patrick worked in the banking industry for several years before becoming a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual. After being with that company for a few years and establishing a firm foundation on how to run an advising business, Patrick decided to make the transition to Money Concepts to have the freedom that comes with being an independent financial advisor and being able to offer his clients products and services from thousands of options rather than a limited set of proprietary offerings.

Patrick’s goal is to give hope to those who feel like they’re in hopeless financial situations. He creates plans with his clients to help them get out of debt and to begin saving and investing. He says one of the most rewarding parts of his job is to see clients gain confidence through the financial planning process. Clients say that he is more than a financial advisor; he is a counselor in some ways as well in that he helps them navigate and succeed through life’s financial obstacles.


  • Series 6- Mutual Fund, Annuities and Insurance Premium Representative
  • Series 63- Uniform Securities Agent State Law Examination
  • Securities Licensed in KY, IN, IL, AL, FL, MD
  • Life & Health & Annuities Licensed in KY


Patrick’s goal each day is to give his best to his clients and his family. When he’s away from the office, Patrick enjoys spending time with his wife Tina and their young daughter Naarah. He volunteers with Gideons International, handing out Bibles to children in schools. His other hobbies include cooking, reading, watching movies with his family and exercising at the gym.

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Session 4: Credit, Debt, Credit Reports and Loans

Wednesday, March 31st, 11am

This is an online event.

Join Murray Bank Vice President, Shawn Reynolds on Wednesday, March 31 at 11 am via ZOOM to learn more about how to credit reports, debt to credit ratios, factors considered when you apply for loans, etc.. Click here to register to receive your ZOOM link.


Reynolds came to The Murray Bank in 2018 with a wealth of experience in banking, most recently working at Independence Bank, where he served as a loan officer and branch manager. Reynolds, a Murray State University graduate originally from White Plains, comes to The Murray Bank with over 20 years of banking experience. He resides in Murray with his wife Kimberly and daughter Gabriella.

Shawn Reynolds

Murray Bank


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Track 1: Health & Wellness

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Black Yoga with Dr. Carter

Saturday, March 6th, 9pm

This is an online event.

Dr. Carter is offering two types of 1-hour yoga sessions in March and April. via ZOOM. Click on the date to obtain the ZOOM link to participate.

Restorative Yoga

March 11 6:30pm-7:30pm

March 13 10am-11am

March 16 7:45am-8:45am

Chair Yoga

March 24 3-4pm

March 29 2-3pm

April 8 12:30pm-1:30pm

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Session 5: Minorities + Life Expectancy (NIMHHD)

Saturday, March 6th, 9pm

This is an online event.

Click here to participate in a session about the disparities with minorities and life expectancy. This a virtual presentation from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. The presentation is focused on Disparities on Life Expectancy. I thought I would pass it along in case it was of interest to you or BFSA or anyone else you might know of. I am not too sure of what is being presented, but the Objectives on the website are as follows:
  • Define life expectancy disparities in by county race/ethnicity in the U.S.
  • Examine COVID-19 mortality by race/ethnicity in the U.S.
  • Discuss drivers of health disparities