National Summit on Equality of Opportunity

25
June
Thursday
1:30PM ET
3:30PM
1 day
25
June
Thursday
1:30PM ET
3:30PM
1 day

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The livestream event has concluded. 

An archive of the June 25th webcast of the National Summit on Equality of Opportunity, is available for viewing here.

This event convened leaders from across the private and public sectors to discuss solutions to some of the underlying challenges driving inequality of opportunity in four critical areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, and the criminal justice system. 

 

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All Americans should have the opportunity to earn their success, rise on their merit, and live their own American Dream. But far too often, the opportunity to obtain an education, secure a job, start a business, and provide for your family is determined by the color of your skin. These systemic inequalities hurt individuals, communities, our economy, and our society. 

On Thursday, June 25th the Chamber convened the National Summit on Equality of Opportunity, where leaders from across the private and public sectors discussed solutions to some of the underlying challenges driving inequality of opportunity for Black Americans in four critical areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, and the criminal justice system. 

This historic virtual event kicked off the Equality of Opportunity Initiative, through which the U.S. Chamber has partnered with more than 500 chambers and associations across the country to pursue policy and private sector solutions to bridge underlying racial divides that contribute to broader, systemic inequalities in our society.

Agenda

National Summit on Equality of Opportunity Event Agenda

Welcome and Purpose
  • Thomas J. Donohue, CEO, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
Opening Keynote - Creating Systemic Opportunity: How the Business Community Can Lead

Moderated by Gayle King, Co-Host, CBS This Morning

  • Suzanne Clark, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
  • Randall Stephenson, Chairman and CEO, AT&T
An Educational Solution to Social Justice

Moderated by Rick Wade, Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, NBA’s All Time Leading Scorer, Presidential Medal of Freedom Recipient, and Chairman, Skyhook Foundation
Fireside Chat - Breaking Down Barriers and Implementing Real Solutions

Moderated by Rick Wade, Vice President, Strategic Alliances and Outreach, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

  • Tim Ryan, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner, PwC, and Founder, CEO Action for Diversity & Inclusion
Roundtable - Actions Over Words: Next Steps to Address Opportunities in Employment and Entrepreneurship

Discussion led by Nela Richardson, Principal, Investment Strategies, Edward Jones

  • Bo Ghiradelli, Co-Founder, President and CEO, Skysthelimit.org
  • Mark Wilson, President and CEO, Chime Solutions, and Member, U.S. Chamber Board of Directors
Fireside Chat - The Business Case for Racial Equity

Discussion led by Eddie Harrell Jr., Regional Vice President, Urban One

  • La June Montgomery Tabron, President and CEO, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Joel Wittenberg, Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Roundtable - Building the Infrastructure for Racial Equity: Education, Health, Housing, and Criminal Justice

Discussion led by Eddie Harrell Jr., Regional Vice President, Urban One

  • Wayne A.I. Frederick, M.D., President, Howard University, and Member, U.S. Chamber Board of Directors
  • Stephen Benjamin, Mayor, Columbia, SC, and former President, United States Conference of Mayors
  • Zawadi Bryant, Co-Founder and CEO, NightLight Pediatric Care, and Member, U.S. Chamber Board of Directors
  • Margaret Spellings, President and CEO, Texas 2036, and former U.S. Secretary of Education
Conclusion
  • Suzanne Clark, President, U.S. Chamber of Commerce