Dee Dee Ricks
In addition to her advocacy work in healthcare, Dee Dee is continuing her plight to fight for equality. She has created a business in the non-diverse financial services industry that is dedicated to creating a diverse pipeline of investor talent.
A serial entrepreneur, Ms. Ricks began her first business at the age of 11 painting house numbers on the front of the house curbs. She realized that day, the sky is the limit for entrepreneurship. Dee Dee’s current work enables her to give back, and having organized the donation of millions of dollars to her philanthropic endeavors, she’s now able to help those most in need.
Ms. Ricks has worked within the alternatives industry for over two decades. She launched Munificent Asset Management in 2016, leveraging over two decades of expertise building businesses and strategically assessing alternative investment managers. From her work within financial services, she realized the need for more diverse investors, transparency and impact investing within the alternatives and financial services industries which Munificent was created to address.
In addition to her pioneering work in alternatives, Ms. Ricks is a recognized advocate for access to healthcare. Since her diagnosis with breast cancer and the debut of her HBO documentary, The Education of Dee Dee Ricks, she has given over 100 keynote addresses to Fortune 500 companies, foundations, financial services conferences and non-profit organizations in the US and abroad.
After her second primary cancer diagnosis of Melanoma in December 2015, Ms. Ricks knows now more than ever, her mission in life is to advocate for access to healthcare for all regardless of socio-economic status. In April 2017, Ms. Ricks will launch her international patient navigation advocacy work in Africa, with an emphasis on access to cancer treatment in Nigeria, partnering with government agencies, academic institutions and non-profit organizations.
Having served as Chair of the Harold P. Freeman Patient Navigation Institute and as a dedicated hockey mom (a predominantly non-diverse sport), she understands the social injustices underserved individuals face in healthcare treatment as well as in their day-to-day activities. These experiences led her to co-found The Ricks Oberoi Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization that serves two purposes, funding healthcare equality through patient navigation of underserved breast cancer victims as well as sponsoring The NextGen AAA Achievement through Academics and Athletics Program. The NextGen AAA program is a predominantly diverse youth hockey team aimed at providing minorities and economically challenged teens the opportunity to participate and excel as student-athletes in this affluent-exclusive sport.
She received her Bachelor of Science degree from the College of Health and Human Performance (HHP) at the University of Florida in 1991 and was inducted into the University of Florida’s HHP Hall of Fame in 2016.