Adam Torres and Ashley D. Bell discuss conscious business.
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Light Dao and Mission Matters will be hosting a fireside chat focused on the concept of “Conscious Business.” In this episode, Adam Torres and Ashley D. Bell, Founder of Redemption Bank and Co-Manager of Alterity, explore everything from impact investing to making films.
About Ashley D. Bell
Ashley is an accomplished attorney, banking professional and serial entrepreneur.
Ashley founded and currently serves as CEO of Ready Life, the new financial technology platform that is disrupting the mortgage industry by pioneering a new path to homeownership that works to unhinge the importance for credit scores and other barriers. He is also the cofounder, with Dr. Bernice A. King, of Ready Entertainment, a production company that is dedicated to creating movies and TV shows with strong social justice messages. Ready Entertainment recently merged with P3 Media where Ashley serves a leader on its board.
Ashley helms the Black-led investor group preparing to acquire the Utah-based, nonminority-owned Holladay Bank & Trust, a first-of-its-kind transaction that will create Redemption Bank, pending regulatory approval. This would stand to be the first black owned bank in the Rocky Mountains.
Ashley serves as the General Counsel for the National Black Bank Foundation and the $250 million Black Bank Fund, and in this role, facilitated the refinance of the construction loan for the Emory Sports Medicine Complex with a syndicate of Black-owned banks. The $35 million loan marked the first time a professional sports franchise had a significant loan underwritten exclusively by Black banks. Since then Ashley help facilitate over 1 Billion in related transactions with the likes of the NFL, MLB, MLS, NBA franchises and front offices.
Ashley’s legal expertise spans public policy, business and banking, and he is the former White House Policy Advisor for Entrepreneurship & Innovation in the office of American Innovation. In 2018, Ashley was tapped to lead the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Southeast Region. In 2020, he joined the world’s largest law firm, Dentons LLP, as a partner in their public policy practice. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science in Political Science from Valdosta State University and Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law from Louisiana State University. Ashley is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Civil Society Fellowship, A Partnership of ADL and The Aspen Institute, and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.
About P3 Media Inc.
Founded in 2018 by acclaimed writer-producer Adam Ciralsky, P3 Media is a strongly-pedigreed creator, curator and accelerator of premium content that appears in print and on screen. In May 2022, Disney’s ABC Signature — for a fourth time — renewed its ‘first look’ deal with P3 for scripted and unscripted television. As the studio’s president Jonnie Davis, put it, “Adam’s unique brand of storytelling is driven by his access into fascinating worlds and the exceptional characters that inhabit them.” The company currently has projects in the works at FX, Netflix, Showtime and Vice. P3 Media is a company built by creators for creators. Our constellation of partners, which includes authors, journalists and podcasters, is animated by a shared mission: to bring equity to an industry that has not always recognized and rewarded those whose work forms the foundation of what appears on screen.