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Racism and the Economy: Focus on Entrepreneurship

Wednesday, June 2 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm • Organized By Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
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The session will examine solutions that challenge persistent disparities and explore the potential for entrepreneurship to serve as one pathway to transform economic outcomes for communities of color and the broader economy.

Keynote speaker:

  • Robert E. Weems Jr., Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of Business History, Wichita State University

Additional speakers:

  • Raphael Bostic, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
  • Kelly Burton, executive director, Black Innovation Alliance
  • Nicole Childers, executive producer, Marketplace Morning Report (moderator)
  • Charles Evans, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
  • Patrick Harker, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
  • Victor Hwang, founder and CEO, Right to Start
  • Robert Kaplan, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas
  • Neel Kashkari, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
  • Glynn Lloyd, executive director, Foundation for Business Equity
  • Monika Mantilla, president and CEO, Altura Capital
  • Sanjay Singh, entrepreneur and executive board member, Birmingham Business Alliance
  • Carmen Tapio, president & CEO, North End Teleservices


About Racism and the Economy

Racism forms the foundation of inequality in our society. It limits opportunity for people of color and threatens the health of our economy. While the global pandemic has intensified racial and economic disparities, the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis has galvanized people from all walks of life to address the systems and structures that enable and perpetuate these outcomes.

Hosted by all 12 District Banks of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, Racism and the Economy is a virtual series that brings together community, business, and academic leaders to examine the economic impact of racism and advance bold ideas and concrete actions to achieve an economy that makes opportunity available to everyone. Visit our website for resources on these topics and to learn more about recent and future events.

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis
(612) 204-5000
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