Center for Global Policy Solutions: April 20 News Conference for Release of Report on Racial Gap among Firms Costing U.S. Billions

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April 21: Sen. Warren to Keynote Color of Wealth Summit on Entrepreneurship and Development in Communities of Color.

Entrepreneurship and the Racial Wealth Gap

Can Entrepreneurship Close the #RacialWealthGap?

Closing the racial gap in privately held firms with employees would add millions of jobs and hundreds of billions of dollars in worker income to the U.S. economy, an upcoming report from the Center for Global Policy Solutions finds.

The report will be released on April 20 at a news conference to set the stage for the 2016 Color of Wealth Summit on strengthening entrepreneurship and economic development in communities of color on April 21 at the Capitol Visitor Center.

WHAT: News conference for the release of the report, “The Color of Entrepreneurship: Why the Racial Gap among Firms Costs the U.S. Billions”

WHERE: Rayburn House Office Building, Room 2247

WHEN: April 20, 2016, 9:30-10:30 a.m. EDT


  •     Hon. Brenda Lawrence, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  •     Algernon Austin, Senior Research Fellow, Center for Global Policy Solutions
  •     Maya Rockeymoore, President and CEO, Center for Global Policy Solutions

WHAT: 2016 Color of Wealth Summit
“The Inclusion Revolution: Race, Economic Mobility, and The Future of America”


WHERE: U.S. Capitol Complex, Congressional Auditorium

WHEN: April 21, 2016; 9:00 a.m.-3:15 p.m. EDT


  •     Hon. Elizabeth Warren, Member, U.S. Senate
  •     Hon. G.K. Butterfield, Chair, Congressional Black Caucus
  •     Hon. Ted Lieu, Member, U.S. House of Representatives
  •     Brandon Andrews, Values Partnerships
  •     Michael S. Barr, University of Michigan Law School
  •     Gil Berry, Gil Berry and Associates, Inc.
  •     Janis Bowdler, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  •     Alejandra Castillo, Minority Business Development Agency
  •     Natalie Madeira Cofield, Walker’s Legacy
  •     Héctor Cordero-Guzmán, City University of New York
  •     Gary Cunningham, Metropolitan Economic Development Association
  •     Connie Evans, Association for Enterprise Opportunity
  •     Christy Finsel, Oklahoma Native Assets Coalition
  •     Jerry Nemorin, LendStreet
  •     Janell Ross, The Washington Post
  •     Jamal Simmons, The Raben Group
  •     Patricia Smith, The Reinvestment Fund
  •     Ray Suarez, Al Jazeera America


The Center for Global Policy Solutions is a 501(c)(3) think tank and action organization that labors in pursuit of a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive world in which everyone has the opportunity to thrive in safe and sustainable environments.

Simona Combi, 202-265-5111, simona(at)globalpolicysolutions(dot)org
Adam Shapiro, 202-427-3603, Adam.Shapiro(at)ASPR(dot)bz

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