Attendees enjoyed remarks from elected officials (including Governor Tony Evers) and economists, as well as business and thought leaders from our Region and beyond. National Urban League President Marc Morial kicked off the first day reminding viewers that access is fundamental to a strong and equitable economy. His astute use of the metaphor, “sometimes you have to put the jam on the lower shelf” was echoed by attendees throughout the two-day conference.
After scattering to breakout sessions, virtual attendees came back together to listen to Invest Puerto Rico CEO Rodrick Miller speak about building a robust ecosystem through economic inclusion. Notably, he reinforced the role of local government in driving that ecosystem to create opportunity.
Carlos Andrés Gómez began day two delivering a combination of stories, inspiration and spoken-word poetry that had attendees declaring, “move over Hamilton” in the conference chat.
After another inspiring round of breakout sessions, the event’s audience came back together one last time for a panel discussion on driving diversity from the CEO Suite with SSM Health’s Damond Boatwright, Summit Credit Union’s Kim Sponem and UW Health’s Dr. Alan Kaplan.
This unique collaboration between the Urban League and MadREP serves as a national model for economic growth and economic inclusion. We would like to extend a special thank you to the many sponsors who made the event possible. We are grateful to everyone who helped make this continued collaboration a success.