Today marked a pivotal moment in the ongoing quest for equity and economic empowerment as the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC), the foremost advocate for Black businesses in the United States, orchestrated a groundbreaking White House roundtable for Black professional associations.

This significant gathering brought together key officials from the Biden-Harris Administration alongside leaders of Black business and professional organizations, uniting to address pressing issues impacting Black communities and enterprises.

The primary objective of the roundtable was to foster a constructive dialogue on collective challenges, with a specific emphasis on recent attacks targeting diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives across corporate and public sectors. Guided by USBC, participants engaged in discussions focused on economic empowerment and the advancement of racial equity within both private enterprises and governmental institutions.

Ron Busby Sr., President & CEO of U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., underscored the significance of this historic convening, remarking, “The White House Roundtable for Black Professional Associations represents a pivotal moment for leaders to unite and collaborate with the Biden-Harris administration in advancing equitable economic opportunities and racial equity.” He further emphasized the importance of participation in shaping the administration’s agenda, not only in the remaining months of its first term but also in the years ahead.

The agenda of the roundtable encompassed presentations of the USBC Policy Agenda, briefings from White House officials, attendee remarks sharing their priorities, and concluding remarks from USBC urging concrete action. Additionally, USBC unveiled its 2024 BLACKprint publication and updated policy priorities, equipping attendees with crucial information and actionable items to advocate for robust and inclusive economic policies.

Distinguished organizations such as the National Banker’s Association, American Association of Blacks in Energy, National Black MBA Association, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, and National Society of Black Engineers were among the participants, representing a wide array of sectors and professions.

This event underscores USBC’s unwavering commitment to driving change and advancing the interests of Black businesses and communities across the nation. By fostering collaboration among diverse voices and perspectives, USBC aims to implement tangible and enduring solutions that uplift historically disadvantaged communities.

Phyllis Dickerson, CEO of the African American Mayors Association, expressed the significance of partnership with federal and private sectors in advancing economic development. She remarked, “Our member mayors understand the importance of working with the federal government, as well as the private sector to advance economic development in the communities they represent. Together with our partners like the U.S. Black Chamber, we can pioneer pathways to sustainable economic growth, generational wealth, and equitable financial opportunities.”

In conclusion, the White House roundtable for Black professional associations signifies a monumental step towards fostering collaboration, driving change, and advancing the economic interests of Black communities. Through collective action and advocacy, these organizations aim to build a more inclusive and prosperous future for all.

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