<i>The Atlantic</i>’s Progress Report: The State of the Black Community

The Atlantic’s Progress Report: The State of the Black Community

Last year was a wake up call for America.

Black Americans have battled inequalities for centuries—limited access to health care, housing discrimination, disparate education opportunities, and a widening racial wealth gap. But the coronavirus pandemic, and last summer’s protest against police brutality, magnified the glaring injustices in this country. So where do we go from here?

Building off The Atlantic’s legacy of explicating and illuminating American ideals, we produced a series of conversations that unpacked the state of race relations and progress in America. We convened social-justice advocates, economists, scholars, and others to outline how we can harness 2020’s cultural momentum to enact systemic changes that will create a more equitable America.

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  • Roger Crandall

    Chairman, President and CEO, MassMutual

    Underwriter Session

  • LaFawn Davis

    Group Vice President of Environmental, Social & Governance, Indeed

  • Sidney Dillard

    Partner, Loop Capital Markets

    Underwriter Session

  • Marcia Fudge

    U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

  • George Gascón

    LA County District Attorney

  • Jemele Hill

    Contributing writer, *The Atlantic*

  • Maurice A. Jones

    CEO, OneTen

  • Monique King-Viehland

    Director, State and Local Housing Policy, Urban Institute

  • Hope Knight

    President and CEO, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

  • Ashley Lewis

    Vice President, Edelman and Fellow, CEO Action for Racial Equity

    Underwriter Session

  • Michael Lomax

    President and CEO, United Negro College Fund

  • Annie Lowrey

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

  • David Mitchell

    Founder and CEO, Better Outcomes for Our Kids

    Underwriter Session

  • Candace Montgomery

    General manager, AtlanticLIVE and Senior vice president, The Atlantic

  • Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

    Co-founder, The Sadie Collective

  • John Palfrey

    President, MacArthur Foundation

    Underwriter Session

  • Mario Rizzo

    Chief Financial Officer, Allstate

    Underwriter Session

  • Hayley Romer

    Chief Revenue Officer and Publisher, The Atlantic

  • Cecilia Rouse

    Chair, Council of Economic Advisers

  • Susan Saulny

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

  • Shannon Schuyler

    Chief Purpose and Inclusion Officer, PwC US

    Underwriter Session

  • Clint Smith

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

  • Kelly Walsh

    Principal Policy Associate, Urban Institute

  • Roy Weathers

    Vice Chair, Societal Engagement and Policy Solutions, PwC and CEO, CEO Action for Racial Equity

    Underwriter Session

  • Gillian B. White

    Managing editor, The Atlantic

  • Felicia Williams

    Senior Vice President, Macy’s, Inc and Fellow, CEO Action for Racial Equity

    Underwriter Session

Thursday, April 15

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11:15 AM

Welcome

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    Candace Montgomery

    General manager, AtlanticLIVE and Senior vice president, The Atlantic

The Biden Plan for Equity

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    Ron Brownstein

    Senior editor, The Atlantic

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    Cecilia Rouse

    Chair, Council of Economic Advisers

The Economic State of Black America

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    Raphael Bostic

    President and CEO, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

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    Gillian B. White

    Managing editor, The Atlantic

Ideas Out Loud

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    Clint Smith

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

Allstate Presents: Breaking with Tradition: Expanding Diversity on Wall Street

Produced by our underwriter and not The Atlantic’s editorial team.

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    Sidney Dillard

    Partner, Loop Capital Markets

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    Mario Rizzo

    Chief Financial Officer, Allstate

The Business Community’s Response

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    LaFawn Davis

    Group Vice President of Environmental, Social & Governance, Indeed

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    Hope Knight

    President and CEO, Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

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    Annie Lowrey

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

12:30 PM

Networking Break

12:45 PM

Host Remarks

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    Candace Montgomery

    General manager, AtlanticLIVE and Senior vice president, The Atlantic

The Affordable Housing Crisis

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    Marcia Fudge

    U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development

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    Jemele Hill

    Contributing writer, *The Atlantic*

MacArthur Foundation Presents: Equity and Opportunity

Produced by our underwriter and not The Atlantic’s editorial team.

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    Eddie Bocanegra

    Director, Heartland Alliance READI Chicago

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    John Palfrey

    President, MacArthur Foundation

Ideas Out Loud

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Centering Racial Equity in Criminal Justice Reform

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    Ron Brownstein

    Senior editor, The Atlantic

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    George Gascón

    LA County District Attorney

Exploring the Intersection of Criminal Justice Reform & Affordable Housing

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    Daryl Atkinson

    Co-Director, Forward Justice

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    Ron Brownstein

    Senior editor, The Atlantic

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    Monique King-Viehland

    Director, State and Local Housing Policy, Urban Institute

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    Kelly Walsh

    Principal Policy Associate, Urban Institute

01:40 PM

Networking Break

01:45 PM

Host Remarks

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    Candace Montgomery

    General manager, AtlanticLIVE and Senior vice president, The Atlantic

HBCUs and The Next Great Era of Black Prosperity

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    Jemele Hill

    Contributing writer, *The Atlantic*

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    Michael Lomax

    President and CEO, United Negro College Fund

Investing in Women

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    Dorothy A. Brown

    Asa Griggs Candler Professor, Emory University School of Law

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    Susan Saulny

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

Ideas Out Loud

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    Annie Lowrey

    Staff writer, The Atlantic

PwC Presents: Leading with Purpose: The Urgency for Inclusive Business

Produced by our underwriter and not The Atlantic’s editorial team.

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    Candace Montgomery

    General manager, AtlanticLIVE and Senior vice president, The Atlantic

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    Shannon Schuyler

    Chief Purpose and Inclusion Officer, PwC US

The Multi Pronged Approach to Progress

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    Melissa Bradley

    Founder, 1863 Ventures and Co-founder, Ureeka

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    Maurice A. Jones

    CEO, OneTen

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    Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

    Co-founder, The Sadie Collective

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    Susan Saulny

    Contributor, AtlanticLIVE

03:00 PM

Host Remarks

Networking Break

03:15 PM

PwC Presents: How Businesses are Advancing Racial Equity Through Public Policy

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    Roger Crandall

    Chairman, President and CEO, MassMutual

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    Ashley Lewis

    Vice President, Edelman and Fellow, CEO Action for Racial Equity

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    David Mitchell

    Founder and CEO, Better Outcomes for Our Kids

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    Hayley Romer

    Chief Revenue Officer and Publisher, The Atlantic

  • speaker portrait
    Roy Weathers

    Vice Chair, Societal Engagement and Policy Solutions, PwC and CEO, CEO Action for Racial Equity

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    Felicia Williams

    Senior Vice President, Macy’s, Inc and Fellow, CEO Action for Racial Equity

Event Details

Thursday, April 15, 2021

11:15 AM EDT

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