Dr. Pamela Jolly

Dr. Pamela Jolly

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Author, Speaker, CEO

Dr. Pamela C.V. Jolly is the Founder and CEO of Torch Enterprises Inc, a strategic investment firm of 17 years committed to minority business growth and development. Torch Enterprises has assisted over 1000 entrepreneurs, national non-profits, trade organizations, the Federal Government, foundations, and financial institutions. She began her career in banking (NationsBank). After graduating with an MBA from The Wharton School of Business, she honed her strategy skills at Accenture as a Manager in the Financial Services Strategy & Business Architecture Practice, working within banking, capital markets, and insurance and technology industries. Dr. Jolly then merged her banking and strategy skills in the world of private equity (Dubois Partners), where she evaluated equity investment opportunities in the capital goods, consumer products, financial services, media, and entertainment and healthcare sectors. She polished her financial services corporate experience in marketing research strategy, where she learned to design segmentation-based marketing strategies and executions, new product development plans, and consumer insight research studies through qualitative and quantitative methods (Rosetta). Dr. Jolly remains a finance professional committed to developing data-driven strategies that lead to wealth as a legacy in the African American Community. Her focus is to pursue business opportunities that pass the torch from one generation to the next, building wealth through ownership and equity. Dr. Jolly uses her extensive background in financial services, strategy, community economic development, and theology to help entrepreneurs, corporations, social impact organizations, and their communities succeed. As a FEMA contractor, Dr. Jolly co-authored the strategic assessment to rebuild the Greater New Orleans area post-Hurricane Katrina. She underwrote over $200 Million in support of the rebuilding efforts in Mississippi during that time. These two experiences sparked her desire to find alternative ways individuals and groups could work together to rebuild their communities with ownership and equity. This commitment level has made Pamela a sought-after speaker and strategist, delivering keynote speeches, workshops and lectures in 150 U.S. cities and abroad. In 2018, Dr. Jolly launched the Legacy Wealth Initiative (LWI), comprised of various cohorts of Men, Women, Business Owners, Pastors, and Young Professionals. The initiative began with The Black Male Equity Initiative in Detroit, the Omaha Legacy Wealth Initiative in Omaha, Nebraska, and the Women and Wealth Initiative in Philadelphia. Dr. Jolly serves on the Good Work Network Board in New Orleans, Louisiana, The University of Pennsylvania Board of Alumnae, and BMe in Miami Florida, of which she was a 2019 BMe Vanguard Fellow. Presently she serves as the senior strategist for the American College of Financial Services. Pamela earned her B.S. from Hampton University, an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, an M.Th. from Boston University, and an Ed.D. from The Graduate Theological Foundation. Pamela holds certificates in theology from Oxford University, Christ Church, in conflict resolution from the Boston Theological Institute, and in private equity and venture capital from the Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management. She is a best selling author and has authored five books on the topic of wealth in the black community.

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