NU Online News Service, Nov. 14, 1:33 p.m. – Prudential Financial Inc., Newark, N.J., is co-sponsoring 11 economic empowerment workshops organized by the National Center for Faith Based Initiative, West Palm Beach, Fla.

Bishop Harold Calvin Ray, senior pastor at Redemptive Life Fellowship Church in West Palm Beach, will lead the workshops and promote strategies churches and other religious organizations can use to improve the business climate in poor city neighborhoods.

Sol Hicks, a Prudential sales representative, will speak at the workshops about how he succeeded in the financial services industry.

Prudential will help back workshops in Chicago; Dallas; Dayton, Ohio; Detroit; Los Angeles; Newark, N.J.; Pittsburgh; Raleigh, N.C.; San Bernardino, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; and West Palm Beach.