"The world is your oyster, and sometimes we are wounded, but that is how an oyster becomes a pearl." - Gail Perry-Mason
Detroiter Gail Perry-Mason has come a long way, from foster care to caring for others. Gail is a respected authority in the financial industry. And now she can add bestselling author to her list of accomplishments. And it’s her years of experience, coupled with her down to earth but also down to business style that has made her a sought after speaker and presenter.
Gail maintains a packed schedule of media and speaking engagements. She regularly addresses capacity crowds educating people on financial literacy and has conducted financial training sessions and workshops for companies such as DaimlerChrysler, IBM and Wells Fargo. Gail’s wisdom also hits the airwaves and she co-hosted an award-winning talk show entitled “Building Wealth,” via radio broadcast on MIX 92.3 and a television broadcast on Comcast Cable and currently has MIX Money Minute on Clear Channel every Sunday. She has appeared on all the local Detroit television networks, and on national outlets such as BET, Fox News, PBS, CNN, MSNBC, and NPR Radio.
Gail is a prolific published writer and has written articles for local and national print media. She has been featured in many publications including: Ebony, Black Enterprise, On Wall Street, Research Magazine, Quick and Simple-Good Housekeeping Magazine, Essence, Jet, Free Press and Detroit News, Signature Magazine, Corp!, Washington Post and Associated Press.
While juggling her demanding career in the financial industry and public appearances, Gail found the time to write and publish her first book Money Matters for Families, which served as a manual for the employees at DaimlerChrysler to teach them how to get their financial household in order. The book is geared towards families and focuses on the critical elements for building a strong financial foundation. It sold out of it’s original printing in the first year and is currently out of print. Gail’s second book, Girl, Make Your Money Grow, written with co-author Glinda Bridgforth was a national best seller. Glinda and the book were featured on Oprah’s Debt Diet.
Gail recognizes the necessity of teaching youth the importance of money management and she founded and directed the original Money Camp for Teens and the first youth investment club. Each year Gail hosts a Money Camp for Youth, which has instructed over 6,000 young people in the Detroit-Metro area and mentored over 25 young women who are now professionals in the financial industry. Currently she is conducting a program in the Detroit Public Schools that teaches financial literacy and outlines the steps to entrepreneurship.
Gail is extremely visible and active in her community. She served as Chairperson for the Tavis Smiley Youth to Leaders Program since its inception and was honored for her work with Mr. Smiley at a benefit held at the home of Arianna Huffington. Gail was Honorary Chairperson for COTS Homeless Shelter Annual Fundraiser, Mariners Inn River Rhythm Annual Fundraiser, and Celebrity Chef for Spaulding for Children. She is also an honorary member of Elliottorian Business and Professional Women’s Club, and a proud member of Jack & Jill of America. In 2010, Gail was honored by the Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity for Economic Empowerment and Education.
In addition, Gail has received numerous awards. Ford Motor Company, Michigan Women’s Foundation, and New Detroit Inc., and AKA National Sorority recently honored Gail because of her investment in our youth.
Gail was honored as Michigan’s Local Hero Award by Bank of America and Community Role Model Award from Alternatives for Girls, and the Economic Empowerment Award from 100 Black Men for her work in the community in 2009.
She was also named as one of Michigan’s Top 10 Business Women by the National Association of Business Women Owner’s in 2007 and received the Community Service Award from the Michigan Women’s Foundation.
She was named Phenomenal Business Woman of the Year, and was given an award from the Governor of Michigan for fundraising for Non-Profit Organizations, where she is now a Community Ambassador for the Governor of Michigan.
Dynamo Gail is also a mother of three terrific sons. Her mottos are “Success Benefits Others First” and “Opportunity Doesn’t Happen Without Sharing.”
For more information you can reach Gail at firstname.lastname@example.org