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Innovation is for Everyone

May 18th, 20214:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The past year has exposed many barriers facing innovators and entrepreneurs of color. As we enter the midpoint of 2021, where should we invest our efforts moving forward and how does this affect each of our organizations? This question and more will be tackled at Innovation is for Everyone on May 18th.

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Sandee Kastrul

CEO of i.c. stars. Started this tech-based workforce development program that leads to 300% average annual income growth for under-served adults.

Gloria Castillo

Director of We Rise Together: for an Equitable and Just Recovery - Chicago Community Trust. Leads $37 million (and growing) fund to advance equity across our region; former longtime CEO of Chicago United.

Desiree Rogers

CEO of Black Opal Cosmetics. Former CEO of Johnson Publishing; former Chair of Choose Chicago; first Social Secretary for President Barack Obama.

William Towns

Managing Director, 4S Bay Partners, & Adjunct Professor of Social Impact, Kellogg Public-Private Interface. Managed more than $800 million in capital during his career directed at reversing economic disparities and racial discrimination.

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