Last week, in recognition of Black History Month, National Urban League President & CEO, Marc Morial and the Washington Bureau hosted a closed-door roundtable entitled Corporate Diversity & Inclusion: Building Economic Power in Underserved Communities.
Current diversity and inclusion programs can teach us what works effectively to drive diversity and what does not.
In order to ensure that our communities are economically empowered we need a continued focus on increasing diversity in all industries.
Mr. Morial noted that the goal of this roundtable was to allow our Urban Solutions members to engage in strategic dialogue with policymakers about the ways in which their industries collaborate to create action plans to expand corporate engagement initiatives in underserved communities nationwide.
He also noted that as the economy is changing and new industries are emerging, we must discuss the need for diversity & inclusion and hold all industries accountable for including our communities.
Held at the Capitol Visitors Center, participants included our Urban Solutions Council Members along with US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julian Castro; Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ); Rep. Joyce Beatty (D- OH) and Rep. Judy Chu (D- CA).
In attendance, were also affiliate CEOs, Rosalyn McPherson (Philadelphia) and Nkenge Harmon Johnson (Portland).
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