In response to the national racial justice movement and Greensboro protests, CM Storytelling, HQ Greensboro, Launch Greensboro, DGI, & Forge Greensboro will host a virtual town hall to discuss how the Greensboro business community can engage in the necessary work to achieve long-term racial justice in our city. Speakers will be announced soon!
Because entrepreneurs are people. We are all impacted by structural racism and have a role to play in dismantling it if we are willing;
Because the Greensboro business community came head to head with the effects of structural racism (frustration, anger, pain, fear that spills over into unrest);
Because the message of peaceful demonstrators has been overshadowed by the vandalism and theft that opportunists outside of the community caused;
Because starting the conversation internally is important – we must take the opportunity to educate ourselves as a business community;
Because the Greensboro business community is diverse – with black-owned business owners experiencing the double-burden of doing business while black and experiencing racism in their everyday lives—understanding that experience and welcoming it into the broader conversation can help us learn and make us better; and
Because entrepreneurs are creative, innovative and collaborative, and those qualities may lead to new ways of addressing racism within Greensboro and the nation at large.
Discussion: The conversation will consist of a moderated panel discussion with featured panelists and Q&A from Zoom participants to answer questions like:
What is structural racism?
Does the business community have a role as an ally to The Movement for Black Lives and dismantling structural racism? If so, what do we imagine that role to be?
Are there ways for entrepreneurs to collaborate and innovate around ways to address structural racism? What role could business incubation and collaboration spaces play?
How do we handle instances where businesses suffer property damage as a result of vandalism? How have businesses damaged recently in Greensboro processed these events?
What’s the relationship currently like between the black community (or other communities of color) and the Greensboro business community? How can we improve that relationship?
What are the unique experiences of minority-owned businesses in Greensboro? How have they experienced structural racism in the business industry?
Confirmed Speakers: ● Dr. Jason J. Caldwell, Instructor, Willie A. Deese College of Business & Economics, North Carolina A&T State University
● Porshe L. Chiles, Associate Director for Global Research and Assessment at Wake Forest University, Greensboro Jaycees
● Lou Anne Flanders-Stec, Executive Vice President - Entrepreneurship, Launch Greensboro
● Kris Fuller, Chef/Proprietor, Crafted
● Zack Matheny, President / CEO, Downtown Greensboro, Inc.