Tawanna Black

Fueling the Path to Economic Inclusion and Shared Prosperity.

Tawanna Black, Founder & CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion based in St.Paul, Minnesota, USA, will join us in Missouri as the keynote speaker on Tuesday, July 16, 2019.

She is a nationally recognized thought leader well known for influencing, inspiring and equipping cross-sector leaders to transform a personal conviction for equality into actions that produce equitable and thriving communities.

Ms. Black has led the Northside Funders Group since 2013, a place-based, collective impact organization of 20 corporate, community and private foundations, and public-sector investors committed to aligning investments and strategies to catalyze racial and economic equity in North Minneapolis.

In 2018 she launched the Center for Economic Inclusion, an unprecedented cross-sector social enterprise committed to strengthening the Minneapolis-St. Paul region’s civic infrastructure and collective capacity to disrupt systems and influence market forces to catalyze shared prosperity and advance an inclusive economy.

This plenary session will focus on how the Center works to align investments in human capital, economic development, transit and access to ensure that all residents, especially those who have been historically excluded, have the opportunity to benefit from and contribute to the economic prosperity of the region. Ms. Black will discuss the Center's efforts, along with their strategic partners, to develop and curate a set of economic inclusion measures and goals to complement the 2019 MSP Regional Indicators Dashboard.

Center for Economic Inclusion