Townhall Beta Recap - Black Enterprise


Join BLACK ENTERPRISE for the most powerful conversation on Black financial empowerment today

Healthcare in America is often discussed as if everyone gets the same high-quality care. However, because of racial disparities in the American healthcare system, that is too often not the case. The uneven distribution of resources between racial communities results in grossly underequipped and understaffed hospitals—especially in the African American community. Food deserts disproportionately affect Black communities, making fresh, healthy foods less accessible. These and other inequities in health and wellness result in the loss of millions of African American lives, a reality tragically played out during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Against this daunting backdrop, our virtual town hall discussion seeks to focus on specific, solution-focused questions: What can we as Black people do—in our homes, families and communities—to address overcome the barriers to greater levels of health and wellness? What actions can we take today to live better, longer lives?

These injustices—and more—demonstrate that the criminal justice system is broken. More than any other group in this nation, African Americans have been brutalized, disenfranchised, and impoverished by different aspects of this system—from law enforcement to penal institutions. As a result, Black Americans continue to face harsh economic, financial, and political realities that include lack of career and entrepreneurial opportunities, disruption to financial security and wealth-building, and above all else, loss of life.

The pandemic has intensified long-standing inequities that continue to make it challenging for Black-owned businesses to endure this ongoing crisis and gain pathways for recovery. Despite the wave of announced corporate commitments and government initiatives designed to bolster Black business over the past year, African American-owned companies, large and small, still grapple with a lack of capital access, business-building relationships, and growth opportunities. As such, financing and procurement opportunities must be expanded and accelerated to launch, scale, and sustain their enterprises.


Join Black Enterprise for a roundtable discussion about the tools, tips, and strategies Black women need to access the table of power. This panel of high-powered corporate leaders will share their career journeys and how they’ve positioned themselves to advance to the C-suite, sit on corporate boards, and become decision-makers in their respective jobs and industries. You’ll also gain critical takeaways on how to earn and leverage respect, influence, and resources to make a tactical impact at work or in your business.

Escalating college costs, creating pathways to tech careers, and HBCU enrollment are some of the topics our experts will tackle. 
Our Town Hall session will address Gen Z’s complex issues as they plan for college and beyond. 
Our latest installment of the groundbreaking Black Enterprise Town Hall series on Sept. 9 focuses on opportunities to close the racial wealth gap impacting Black America: “Homeownership & Wealth Building: Creating Pathways to Lasting Black Prosperity.
In the wake of more than 70 Black business leaders publicly challenging corporate America to take a stand against the campaign to pass voter suppression legislation across the country, we bring together top executives and voting rights activists who are engaged in the latest battle to protect our franchise. The session will focus on what corporations must do to demonstrate clear and continuing allyship with those fighting for the voting rights of Black people, consistent with their public pledges in support of economic equity and racial justice. It will also address what we can do to hold those corporations accountable for their actions—or lack thereof—on this fundamental issue of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
In response to the brutal killing of George Floyd and the global unrest in its aftermath, corporate America has been challenged to confront systemic racism in the workplace as well as society as a whole. This session will focus on measures for Black advancement based on the series of corporate pledges to deal with past racial inequities. The initiatives include providing more opportunities for Black professionals in the workplace; increasing capital and procurement opportunities for Black-owned businesses; and ensuring corporate accountability to this renewed focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.