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MEDIA ADVISORY: JHU to Host Panel Discussion on Economic Inclusion and the Private Sector

May 15, 2017
CONTACT: Tracey Reeves
Office: 443-997-9903 / Cell: 443-986-4053
treeves@jhu.edu @JHUmediareps

Leading national and local voices on economic inclusion will gather at Johns Hopkins University to discuss the role of the private sector in expanding opportunity, including specific policies and strategies that have been implemented in Baltimore and elsewhere.

Moderated by President Ronald J. Daniels and presented by the university’s 21st Century Cities Initiative, the panel discussion will focus on the prevalence of economic inequality in urban areas, and the role the private sector can play in expanding opportunities for city residents, while also increasing their bottom lines.

The panel is part of an event titled “Investing in Baltimore: The Private Sector and Economic Inclusion” and is scheduled to take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 17 on the university’s Homewood campus, 3400 North Charles Street.

Ben Seigel, executive director of the 21st Century Cities Initiative, said economic inclusion and mobility has been a top issue across Baltimore since the unrest that followed Freddie Gray’s death two years ago. New and expanded employer-led initiatives like HopkinsLocal and BGE’s Focus 25, a program established to create opportunities for economic wealth in communities the utility serves, are good models for how the private sector can work to strengthen communities.

“But we all know there is a lot more we can be doing as a city to make our local economy work for everyone, said Seigel. “With this convening, we aim to lift up promising practices locally, learn from other successful efforts nationally, and build momentum for making economic inclusion standard operating procedure for the private sector in Baltimore.”

In addition to Daniels, the event will feature Ronald R. Peterson, president of the Johns Hopkins Health System and executive vice president of Johns Hopkins Medicine; Mayor Catherine Pugh, and Baltimore Gas and Electric Co., CEO Calvin G. Butler Jr.

The panelists are:

  • John W. Rogers, Jr., chief executive officer and chief investment officer, Ariel Investments. Rogers founded his investment company in 1983 following his passion for buying stocks dating back to when he was 12. He is a member of the Barack Obama Foundation Board of Directors and he sits on the boards of Exelon and McDonald’s.
  • Anthony Moag, chief operating officer, Whiting-Turner, who is skilled in all facets of construction delivery over a broad spectrum of industries.
  • Diane Bell-McKoy, president and chief executive officer of Associated Black Charities. McKoy is a proven leader whose team is dedicated to closing the wealth gap for people of color in Maryland through her work to expand the assets of for low-income residents, as well as the working poor, and the fragile middle class.
  • Darrick Hamilton, associate professor of economics and urban policy and director of The Milano doctoral program at the New School. Hamilton’s work focused on the causes, consequences and remedies of racial and ethnic inequality in economic and health outcomes.
  • Lilian Singh, director of the Racial Wealth Divide Project at the Corporation for Enterprise Development (CFED). She works to strengthen CFED’s outreach and partnerships with communities of color. Her work spans the corporate, private, government and non-profit sectors to advance economic equity goals.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact Tracey Reeves at 443-997-9903 or 443-986-4053.

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