WSR Pathfinder Awards – Top Black Rising Stars Of The Year

Julius Buchanan, Managing Editor, Wealth Solutions Report

WSR Recognizes Top Black Rising Stars Among Top Black Industry Leaders Of 2023 In Honor Of Black History Month

In addition to the Top Black Industry Leaders of 2023 announced in a concurrent article, WSR also honors three rising professionals in the category of Top Black Rising Stars of the Year. 

As with other Top Black Industry Leaders of 2023, WSR’s editorial staff selected candidates with influence, recognition and a stellar reputation in the industry, who can serve as role models for other professionals and those considering a wealth management career, and who have demonstrated commitment and excellence in the industry. 

The rising stars category specifically honors individuals who have attained remarkable achievements early in their careers, with potential to provide decades of exceptional leadership in wealth management. Out of many worthy candidates, WSR’s editorial team selected the professionals below for this distinction.

The winners are in no particular order. Please join us in congratulating them.

Aiyisha Adams, VP of Advisor Engagement, Advisor Group

Aiyisha Adams, VP of Advisor Engagement, Advisor Group

With 15 years of experience in the financial services industry, Adams has spent the last four and a half years spearheading advisor engagement for Advisor Group, where she has provided leadership across a broad range of engagement activities including sales strategies, creating support channels, team management and client retention.

Prior to Advisor Group, she served four years as a Retirement Consultant at Lincoln Financial and two years as Associate Director of Network Supervision at Northwestern Mutual’s Callaway Black Group.

When not in the office, Adams volunteers at Atlanta’s Greater Community Church and the Bridge at ATL, an organization that supports young adults in their post-high school years to grow spiritually and in career, family and community.

She also mentors at the Financial Alliance for Racial Equity, supporting Black professionals with career growth and professional development opportunities. 

SaVion Harris, Financial Advisor, Intercontinental Wealth Advisors

SaVion Harris, Financial Advisor, Intercontinental Wealth Advisors

Harris joined Intercontinental Wealth Advisors in mid-2021 after graduating from the University of Texas at San Antonio, where he played on the football team. His experience on the field led him to become instrumental in one of the first “name, image and likeness” (NIL) deals in financial services, as Intercontinental entered into a NIL contract with UTSA’s star safety, Rashad Wisdom.

Harris’ experience on the gridiron also taught him the tenacity that he brings to financial advice. “Football taught me how to work hard, manage my time, pay attention to detail and embrace things that are sometimes uncomfortable. I understand the grind, the work ethic and the time commitment it takes to be a dedicated athlete.”

“My ultimate goal is to help young athletes manage their money smarter from the start and to provide financial advice from a perspective that matches their own,” says Harris. “You often hear horror stories about athletes burning through their money, not investing properly for the long run, being taken advantage of, and even worse, and I want to change the narrative and be there to help make sure my clients are protected and reaching their goals – now and in the long term.”

Harris recently joined UTSA’s Alumni Association Board of Directors as its youngest member in history. When not working, Harris enjoys golf, jazz and new cuisines. His future plans include world travel and building a school for an impoverished community.

Kofo Akosile, Financial Planner, Prudential Advisors

Kofo Akosile, Financial Planner, Prudential Advisors

Akosile joined the Prudential Advisors Houston office almost eight years ago, first as a financial planning intern during her senior year at the University of Houston, then full time. The opportunity to support others in building and protecting their financial legacies drove Akosile to excel, and now she is a member of the Million Dollar Round Table of insurance professionals.

Akosile is a leader among Prudential’s financial planners as measured by fees generated. She emphasizes that financial advice be relatable and accessible for anyone who desires it.

Akosile strives to provide a holistic approach to her clients, including risk management, insurance needs, retirement planning, estate planning, cash flow management, investments, education planning and generating funding for special purposes.

Outside the office, Akosile travels and serves on the leadership team of her church.

Julius Buchanan, Managing Editor at Wealth Solutions Report, can be reached at

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