It's time for a break

  • Are you feeling overwhelmed by your workload?
  • Do you feel uninspired on the job?
  • Are you itching for a change of scenery or a new career?

If so, then it's time to take a work sabbatical.
Taking a break from your career can prove transformative
and provide you the reset you need to reevaluate your life goals.

What is a Work Sabbatical

A work sabbatical or career break, is an intentional and thoughtful departure from your normal job and lifestyle.

This break from your career will provide you the space to explore, learn, and experience new things without worrying about derailing your career.

 A work sabbatical can give you a unique life experience and prepare you for your future.

Overview of the Summit

Our  virtual summit is for anyone that is in need of a career break. During these two days, we will bring together a host of speakers who will share their tips, tricks, and personal experiences on how they were able to take career breaks or permanently say good-bye to their 9-5’s to live the life they want. There will be 9 speaker sessions, opportunities to network with attendees, and access to replays of each session. A work sabbatical may seem like an unattainable goal but by the end of this summit, you will be ready to take that much-needed break!

What You Will Learn

Best Sabbatical Ever:
Ensure Success With These 3 Steps

Speaker: Katrina McGhee

Want to make sure your break is worth the sacrifice? In this session, you’ll discover three necessary steps you can take to guarantee a worthwhile experience. Katrina McGhee, Career Break and Sabbatical Coach will walk you through the planning process and share a simple approach to help you get the most out of your break. Success is impossible to attain if you’re holding yourself back, this session will provide you with helpful tools for overcoming your fears and doubts. Remember no regrets! 

Beyond Sign Up Bonuses For Financially Savvy Travelers

Speaker: Danielle Desir

Are you ready to make the best use out of the credit cards already in your wallet? In this session, Danielle Desir, will teach you how to pick the right credit cards for your travel goals to maximize your earning potential. You will leave the session with tips on how to earn points and miles beyond sign up bonuses, help you decide whether you should pay the annual fee or not, and discuss best practices for organizing your credit card portfolio.

How To Find The Perfect Location To Live Abroad

Speaker: Cinneah El-Amin

Living abroad can be a beautiful experience. However, in order to enjoy all of the benefits of a life abroad, you must select a destination that is perfect for you and your budget. In this session, Cinneah El-Amin will share a comprehensive framework on how to select the ideal destinations abroad to best suit your lifestyle, comfort, and budget.

Scaling to 5 Figures in Monthly Passive Income

Speaker: Richard - Anthony Panier

Have you always dreamt of creating passive income for yourself, so that working a  9-5 is optional? In this session, Richard-Anthony Panier will break down how his 16 unit rental portfolio was built from the ground up and ultimately led to creating monthly passive income.

How to Move Abroad for A Work Sabbatical

Speaker: Acquania Escarne

In this session, you will learn tips to help you prepare for a move abroad. Acquania Escarne will cover topics such as how to pick your new city, obtaining travel documents (passports, visa, emergency travel documents), and which vaccinations you need. She will also cover other logistics such as: selecting the right moving company, health insurance, and paying taxes.

Radical savings to accelerate to early retirement

Speaker: Shang

If you want to turbocharge your journey to financial freedom, and never feel like you NEED to work another day, this workshop is for you. Shang of Save My Cents, along with her husband, drastically increased her savings rate and income- this led to early retirement at age 31. Not only that, with travel hacking and tax hacking,  Shang and her husband managed to continue growing their wealth in an optimal way, while having fun. Being frugal AF does not mean living in depravity. Shang will teach you why the abundance attitude is so important in this journey while providing practical steps on how to reach work optional on your own terms.

Gain the opportunity to network & meet the other attendees. Share ideas, interests, goals and find a sabbatical partner.

   DON'T WAIT!   

Testimonials From Our Past Events

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"The diversity of information from every presenter and the usable tips. For instance, assets vs. income and how we should be adjusting our investment strategy if at all. The overall detail that you all provided was phenomenal."

Past Wealth Noir Event Attendee

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"The content was very high caliber, not the standard info you can pick up in any article on the net. Useful and immediately applicable. The only reason I didn’t stay on until the end is that my phone died. I really hope that I can get a copy of the recording or transcript."

Past Wealth Noir Event Attendee

Our Speakers

Damien Peters

Real Estate Investor &Sabbatical Alumni

Damien Peters is the founding Partner at The Victoriam Consulting Group and Founder of Wealth Noir. He has previously worked at Facebook as a Product Manager and has also led products at Zynga and TinyCo. In a former life, he was an Associate Consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton.

 He holds an MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, along with degrees in Computer Science and Economics from The University of Maryland.

 After countless years in Silicon Valley and a two year hiatus in Valencia, Spain, Damien now lives in the greater DC area with his wife and son. He's a real estate investor, active proponent of wealth creation and closing the wealth gap, and transforming the tech industry into a diverse environment with representation for African-Americans.

Acquania Escarne

Wealth Strategist

Acquania Escarne is a Wealth Strategist who helps clients across the country build and maintain generational wealth through saving and investing. With more than a decade of experience, Acquania follows a step-by-step system that helps individuals and families maximize their income and leverage money they are already spending to produce residual and tax-free income.

 Her Podcast and Blog, “The Purpose of Money,” teaches Women of Color about saving, investing, and building wealth through real estate, investing in the stock market, life insurance, unique savings strategies, and more. She is also the co-host of Millennial Wealth Builder Series: A Women of Color’s Guide to Exponential Wealth.

Katrina McGhee

Career Break & Sabbatical Coach

 Katrina McGhee is a Career Break & Sabbatical Coach who helps 9-5ers create successful, mind-blowing career breaks. She’s a certified Master Coach with an MBA who left her own corporate career for a 20-month career break to travel around the world. After a successful return to the corporate world, with 5 job offers in just 5 weeks, she later left to embark on career break #2.

 As a professional career break coach with years of experience helping clients plan productive breaks of their own, she knows what it takes to ensure you make this life-changing experience a huge success, including a smoother transition once your break has ended.

Richard Panier

Cash Flow Investor

 Richard Panier, hailing from West Palm Beach, leverages a successful career as a full-time real estate investor and consultant. With over 7 years of experience, Richard maintains a lucrative portfolio of cash flowing properties in the nation’s southeast corridor. After graduating in 2013 from Florida A&M University with a bachelor’s in accounting and a minor in psychology & global security, he immediately transitioned to work for J.P. Morgan Chase in New York City. At JPM he worked as a Mortgage Finance analyst and CCB Legal business manager.

Currently maintaining a private portfolio of 16 residential units. He purchased his first property in south Florida at the age of 22, while still living in NYC. After a couple single family deals, he was able to acquire a 10-unit apartment complex in Tallahassee, FL. His experience ranges from private financing to running 5 successful AirBnB properties in NYC, Atlanta, and Tallahassee, and West Palm Beach.

Danielle Desir

Author, Podcaster & Financially Savvy Traveler

Danielle Desir has traveled to 27 countries and 4 continents all while maintaining a full-time job. She’s a multi-hyphenate - who uses her travel experience to empower people to become financially savvy travelers. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s of Science in Health Care Administration and is certified in Project Management.

She’s the host of The Thought Card podcast and the co-host of Millennial Wealth Builder Series: A Women of Color’s Guide to Exponential Wealth. She’s a prolific writer - her first book “Iceland Nature, Nurture & Adventure” is a travel guide sharing how to plan an affordable, adventurous, and culturally enriching trip to the Land of Fire and Ice.

Cinneah El-Amin

Debt Free Travel & Financial Freedom Creator

 Cinneah (pronounced: sin-EE-ah) El-Amin is a debt free travel & financial freedom creator, educator, and speaker. In 2019, Cinneah created Flynanced to inspire more millennials to ditch debt, build wealth, and prioritize the things that bring them joy like travel. She has since reached over 20,000 travel and wealth building enthusiasts through her platforms across social media. 

In 2021, after achieving her goal of becoming debt free, Cinneah relocated to Mexico, where she now lives and works remotely. She has taught hundreds of people how to travel for the low and start travel hacking through her online course, Fly Financially Free. Cinneah holds a Master of Science in Management from Wake Forest University School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Africana Studies from Barnard College of Columbia University. 

Teri Ijeoma


Teri Ijeoma, a former assistant principal of an elementary school, wanted to find a lucrative way to supplement her income. As someone with an affinity for trading, she enrolled in a course to learn more. She is an experienced trader and investing coach.

Two years ago Terri became the Grand Champion of Teachable’s 2019 Creator Challenge. Her winning course, Invest with Teri, lays out the strategies she used to become a successful trader, earn a full-time income, and ultimately reach financial independence.


Work Optional Blogger

 Shang Saavedra became work optional at age 31. She has a degree in economics from Harvard, an MBA from the University of Chicago. From working on her own side hustles to developing consumer strategy for Fortune 500 companies,  Shang has grown her income by multiples and her wealth into 7 figures. She recently decided to take a step back from the rat race to balance life as a full-time management consultant with a new role as a mother. Shang has taught thousands of people through Save My Cents, a non-profit passion project, to manage personal finances with an abundance mindset, and live financially free.

Shang's online video course, Save My Retirement Masterclass, is a beginner's crash course that highlights the key learnings from Shang's 15+ years of experience in saving and investing a retirement, and empowers people to feel confident to do it on their own without formal finance training. Shang also teaches the very abundance mindset technique that she used to be joyfully frugal in Five Weeks to Abundance. 

Demystify taking a Career Break

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Work Sabbatical Virtual Summit
Event Schedule

Sunday, February 7th, 2021

6:00 PM EST

6:30 PM EST
Best Sabbatical Ever: Ensure Success With These 3 Steps

7:30 PM EST
Beyond Sign Up Bonuses For Financially Savvy Travelers

8:30 PM EST
Long Term Travel Abroad With Children

9:30PM - 11:00 PM EST

Monday, February 8th, 2021

6:00 PM EST

6:30 PM EST
How To Find The Perfect Location To Live Abroad

7:30 PM EST
Scaling to 5 Figures in Monthly Passive Income

8:30 PM EST
Fireside Chat with Teri Ijeoma

9:30PM - 11:00 PM EST

Tuesday, February 9th, 2021

6:00 PM EST

6:30 PM EST
How to Move Abroad for A Work Sabbatical

7:30 PM EST
Radical savings to accelerate to early retirement

8:30 PM EST
Fireside Chat with Damien Peters

9:30PM - 11:00PM EST

How to Move & Live Abroad

You've decided you want to take your work sabbatical abroad but need clear steps to get started.

 Here you will learn how to carefully and effectively plan for a career break abroad. 

We'll help you to determine which country is the best place for you to move, cover how to get your Visa, passport renewal, and mandatory vaccinations.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the Wealth Noir Work Sabbatical Virtual Event?

This virtual event brings together experts speakers in work sabbaticals, along with attendees for expert talks with Q&A and networking over three days on our virtual event platform. You will leave with the information needed to make taking a break from work a reality. In addition, you will have access to replays of the talks so you can revisit information when you are planning your break.

What does my registration fee include?

What is included depends on the ticket you purchase.

Basic Tickets: Access to the live event and one week of access to the replays of the talks.
Pro Tickets: Access to the live event, including expert talks with Q&A and networking with attendees and speakers. Access to replays of the talks for the lifetime of the product (aprox. 1-2 years)
Sponsor Package: 2 Pro tickets and the inclusion of your logo and link to your website in our online platform.

When does the one-week replay access end?

Replay access will end 10 days after the last day of the summit, which is February 19th, 2021 at 12:00 AM EST.

What is the refund policy?

We reserve the right to approve or deny any refund requests based on the circumstances. But, we will do our best to do right by you.

What is the registration deadline?

Registration for the live event ends at the end of the event. You will keep access to the replays according to the ticket type you purchased.

What platform is being used to host the event?

The live event will be hosted using Hopin. Ticketing and replays will be handled by Teachable.

How can I become a member of Wealth Noir?

You can join Wealth Noir at, or you will have the option to join at the end of the summit.

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Who is
Wealth Noir?

The Wealth Noir Media Group is focused on using all forms of new and traditional media to positively impact the lives of African-American Millennials by improving their finances.