December 10, 2016
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Black Enterprise Hosts Economic Forum With Obama Domestic Policy Director

 

Black Enterprise, Walmart Host Economic Forum with Obama Domestic Policy Director Melody Barnes, Trade Rep. Ronald “Ron” Kirk, Commerce Chief of Staff Rick Wade and Others

Invitation-only forum to be held Thursday, January 28 in Washington, D.C.

WASHINGTON--

WHO:

     

BLACK ENTERPRISE (www.BlackEnterprise.com), the premier business, investing, and wealth building resource for African Americans along with Walmart (www.walmartstores.com), the nation’s leading retailer and one of the nation’s largest private employers of African Americans, present 20/20 Vision: A Look Ahead at Black America in the Next Economic Boom.

         
       

Confirmed forum participants include Obama Administration Domestic Policy Council Director Melody C. Barnes, U.S. Trade Representative Ronald “Ron” Kirk, Commerce Department Chief of Staff Rick C. WadeEsther Silver-Parker, SVP, Corporate Affairs, Walmart, members of the Executive Leadership Council and other business leaders.

         

OVERVIEW:

     

Unemployment for African Americans is projected to reach a 25-year high this year with the national rate soaring to 17.2 percent, according to a recent article in The Washington Post. On the heels of President Obama’s State of the Union Address, BLACK ENTERPRISE and Walmart will gather some of the America’s most influential politicians, economists, policy makers and entrepreneurs to develop a series of policy recommendations intended for use by the Obama Administration, business groups, civic organizations and non-profits in combating the national economic crisis. The forum will specifically address three key issues: Education and Workforce Readiness; Small Business and Innovation; and Wealth-building and Financial Reform.

 

       

WHEN:

     

Press is invited to cover the event on Thursday, Jan. 28. The day’s schedule includes:

         

8:45 a.m.

     

Opening Remarks

  • Earl “Butch” Graves Jr., President & CEO, Black Enterprise
  • Esther Silver-Parker, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Walmart

9:00 a.m.

     

Introduction and Message from the Obama Administration

  • Ronald “Ron” Kirk, US Trade Representative
  • Rick C. Wade, Commerce Department Chief of Staff

9:30 a.m.

     

Jobs & Workforce Readiness

  • Moderator: Derek T. Dingle, Editor-in-Chief, Black Enterprise Magazine
  • Interviewee: Melody Barnes, Director, Domestic Policy Council, Obama Administration

10:00 a.m.

     

Jobs & Workforce Readiness Roundtable

  • Bernard Anderson, Member, Black Enterprise Board of Economists
  • Janice Bryant Howroyd, President & CEO, ACT-1 Group
  • Michael Lomax, President & CEO, United Negro College Fund

11:30 a.m.

     

Small Business & Innovation

  • Moderator: Alan Hughes, Editorial Director, BLACK ENTERPRISE
  • Interviewee: Michael Nutter, Mayor, Philadelphia

Noon

     

Small Business & Innovation Roundtable

  • David Hinson, National Director, Minority Business Development Agency
  • Bill Mays, Chairman & CEO, Mays Chemical Company
  • Margaret Garner, President, Broadway Consolidated Cos. Inc
  • Dr. Thomas Boston, CEO, EuQuant

1:15 p.m.

     

Lunch

 

2:00 p.m.

     

A Meeting of the Minds discussion on partnerships between small business and major corporations

  • Earl "Butch" Graves, Jr., BLACK ENTERPRISE President & CEO, & Rosalind Brewer, President, Southeast Operations, Walmart

2:30 p.m.

     

Wealth-Building & Financial Reform Roundtable

  • Moderator: John Simons, Senior Personal Finance Editor, BLACK ENTERPRISE
  • Christopher Williams, CEO, Williams Capital Management
  • Eugene Profit, President & CEO, Profit Investment Management
  • Evelyn F. Smalls, President & CEO, United Bank of Philadelphia

3:45 p.m.

     

Policy Recommendations & Wrap-Up

         

WHERE:

     

The Liaison Capitol Hill

415 New Jersey Avenue, NW

Washington, DC 20001

RSVP Required

Invitation-only

       

 

 

BLACK ENTERPRISEyour ultimate source for wealth creation, is the premier business, investing, and wealth-building resource for African Americans. Since 1970, BE has provided essential business information and advice to professionals, corporate executives, entrepreneurs, and decision makers. Every month, BLACK ENTERPRISE magazine provides 4.3 million readers with information on entrepreneurship, careers, and financial management. A multimedia company, BE also produces radio and television programming, business and lifestyle events, Web content, and digital media. BLACK ENTERPRISE is the definitive source of information for and about African American business markets and leaders, and the authority on black business news and trends.

About Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT), or "Walmart," serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 8,000 retail units under 53 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2009 sales of $401 billion, Walmart employs more than 2.1 million associates worldwide. A leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity, Walmart ranked first among retailers in Fortune Magazine's 2009 Most Admired Companies survey. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visitingwww.walmartstores.com. Online merchandise sales are available at www.walmart.com and www.samsclub.com.

Contacts

Black Enterprise
Andrew Wadium, 212-886-9598
Media Relations Director
wadiuma@blackenterprise.com



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