Walking Tour of the Martin Luther King Historic District. Over 70 participants joined yesterday’s tour of the Sweet Auburn neighborhood, highlighting the power of revitalization and community building.
Youth Entrepreneur Pitch Competition. As part of the HOPE Business In A Box Academies (HBIABA) initiative, students competed for a start-up grant, presenting their business plans on everything from dance classes to apparel and accessories. Congrats to the winner, Asia Thurmon, founder and owner of EZ Party Pack!
Inspirational Opening Reception. On a panel discussion on race moderated by Roland Martin, Amb. Andrew Young challenged attendees to embrace their race and background and stand firm in the face of doubt, while John Rogers highlighted the importance of empowering black business leaders who can then act as a larger voice for their community. Following the panel, Chris Gardner, whose story inspired the movie “The Pursuit of Happyness,” moved attendees with his personal journey of overcoming obstacles.
You can review the full event agenda here.
WHAT EVERYONE IS TALKING ABOUT- Much of the nation’s attention has been focused on Google’s pay discrimination, PepsiCo’s controversial commercial, and the promise of the gig economy. These issues will surely influence conversations on- and off-stage, particularly in today’s sessions on social mobility, diversity in the media, and empowerment for women and girls.
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