Being the Change
- November 29, 2018
- By: Greenpath Financial Wellness
This story is part of a series that spotlights our employees here at GreenPath. We hope these stories will give you a behind-the-scenes glimpse into their daily lives, and how they strive to make an impact by helping people improve their financial wellness.
My name is Omari Hall, and I’m a Financial Wellness Expert here at GreenPath Inc. I was born and raised in Detroit and despite the City’s challenges, I was fortunate to have many unique opportunities growing up. Academic achievement was a high priority in my family.
As a result, my parents guided me through both public and private education experiences. They also exposed me to philanthropic work at a young age. Experiences like this have helped me develop an empathetic worldview and to understand how setbacks and circumstances can effect one’s quality of life.
My parents, and experiences, have also taught me that to bring about positive change, it starts with yourself. You need to work on being the change, that you’d like to see in the world.
As I approach my second year at GreenPath and reflect on my experiences, I’ve found that this has been the most comfortable work environment for me to be my truest self.
More to the point, I find that my personal values are more closely aligned to our company’s mission and BHAG: to “Remix the American Dream” so that it is accessible to everyone in a changing America. This mantra so neatly aligns with my own personal convictions that it took no additional effort for me to own my piece in our mission.
I started my work life as a grassroots community organizer, where I acted as a liaison between residents and their elected officials. I was given the task of helping to empower residents to shape the decisions being made in their community. This was the moment where I realized my true life’s passion: helping to empower underrepresented communities.
Whether these be communities of color, or inner city communities or any other marginalized group, I strive to be an advocate. I also seek to support young adults like myself, who feel lost as they transition into adulthood and financial independence.
During my time as an organizer, particularly in the Inner City of Detroit, the factors that contributed to some of the city’s most pressing issues were fairly obvious. They ranged from poor school systems, extreme poverty, and an unreasonable access to city services.
However, it wasn’t until my time at GreenPath that I realized one of the underlying factors leading to the continuation of this poverty cycle was a lack of access to financial education.
It became very clear to me how fundamentally important financial literacy is to sustaining a reasonable quality of life, and how much of an impact we at GreenPath can make by being advocates for those in need.
Furthermore, GreenPath has provided me with an amazing platform to cultivate my passion for humanitarian work. My role allows me to help clients create a path towards financial wellness, a tool necessary to make their own unique American Dream a reality.
Our culture has also inspired me to encourage others to take action to affect change in their communities. Whether that action be as simple as facilitating conversations around creating safer spaces for those with varied experiences, exercising the right to vote, or arranging meetings with local lawmakers to influence legislative change in our communities. ALL of our voices are essential if we are to work on being the change that we want to see.