Inspiring national and local leaders share drivers of the racial wealth gap with strategies that can help underinvested Hoosiers make lasting economic gains.
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DATE: October 6, 2021
TIME: 10:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: Hyatt Regency Indianapolis, Cosmopolitan Ballroom (3rd floor), 1 S Capitol Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46204
Historical and Current Drivers of Indiana’s Racial Wealth Gap
The racial wealth gap refers to the gap in assets between white families and families of color. On average white families have about ten times the wealth of Black families. This symposium’s opening panel will share the history of racism and barriers to asset-building. We will also discuss the history of black philanthropy in the United States and the changing demographics of Indiana’s populations. Attendees will explore how philanthropy can work to address persistent economic inequality through welcoming communities and deploying capital to crucial areas including education and economic advancement.
Speakers: Claudia Cummings, President/CEO, Indiana Philanthropy Alliance; Jim Madison, Thomas and Kathryn Miller Professor Emeritus of History, Indiana University Bloomington; Molly Martin, Director, New America Indianapolis; Tyrone McKinley Freeman, Assistant Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Director of Undergraduate Programs, The Fund Raising School at Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
Revitalize Communities and Catalyze Economic Opportunity
In the United States, Black and Hispanic workers faced two times the unemployment rates of their white counterparts. What happens when corporations like Lilly, Target, and GM band together to address this unemployment and racial wealth gap? OneTen emerges, under the leadership of Maurice Jones, and joins together chief executives and their companies to upskill, hire, and promote one million Black Americans over the next ten years into family-sustaining jobs with opportunities for advancement. Learn ways funders, businesses, and community organizations can work together to support projects that revitalize communities and catalyze economic opportunity for residents.
Speaker: Maurice A. Jones, CEO, OneTen
From Transactional to Transformational Organizations
Disruption and innovation can help funders move from transactional approaches to transformational organizations. Explore how to leverage data to make changes to your organization’s structure and apply the lived experiences of staff and the grantees and nonprofits you support. You’ll come away with concepts to create sustainable change within an organization’s culture and learn the benefits of diversifying your staff and board to close the racial wealth divide.
Speaker: Connie Lindsey, Executive Vice President and Head of Corporate Social Responsibility, Northern Trust
Closing the Racial Wealth Gap through Innovative Investments
In response to the inequities laid bare by the pandemic, there is a surge of giving from business-friendly donors. These innovative investments make an immediate difference by helping Black and Hispanic people rescue their struggling businesses, start new ones, and create jobs and housing in communities that desperately need them. Join this session to learn how funders and institutions are pumping money and fresh ideas into community-development financial institutions (CDFIs). Explore how building cross-sector collaborations can lead to pooled funds and impact investing opportunities that forge a different relationship between foundations and black-led organizations.
Speakers: Michael Fortunato, CFO and Founding Partner, Creative Insight Community Development; Neel Hajra, President & CEO, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation; William W. Towns, Ph.D., MBA, Adjunct Professor of Social Impact, Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University
Closing the Racial Wealth Gap through Career Preparedness
Households with less than $30,000 in annual income faced double the unemployment rates of higher-income households. What can philanthropy do to help more people secure higher wage jobs? Join Earl Phalen to explore how improving K-12 learning conditions for children of color results in quality education and career exploration. Learn how the Lumina Foundation is helping to improve Indiana’s graduation rates while ensuring more adults earn degrees and other credentials after high school. Find out about JPMorgan Chase’s five-year investment in workforce development and the future of work through creating economic opportunity and career mobility.
Speakers: Danette Howard, Chief Policy Officer and Senior Vice President, Lumina Foundation; Earl Martin Phalen, Founder and CEO, Phalen Leadership Academies; Mambu Sherman, Vice President, Global Philanthropy, JP Morgan Chase