The Neponset River Regional Chamber is one of more than 500 state and local chambers and national business associations that have joined the Equality of Opportunity Initiative, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.
Last week we participated in the National Summit on Equality of Opportunity, along with more than 2,500 others who have committed to hosting similar conversations and taking action in their own communities and industries to address inequality of opportunity across America. The National Summit brought together leaders from across the private and public sectors including Gayle King, co-host of CBS This Morning; Randall Stephenson, AT&T Chairman and CEO; Tim Ryan, U.S. Chairman and Senior Partner of PwC; and former NBA basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to discuss solutions to some of the underlying challenges driving inequality of opportunity for Black Americans.
The initiative is focused on bridging opportunity gaps in four key areas: education, employment, entrepreneurship, and the criminal justice system—all of which perpetuate broader inequities in society and hold back individual and business success and economic growth.
In order to drive meaningful, measurable impact, we must listen, learn, and lead. The U.S. Chamber recently released America's Opportunity Gaps: By the Numbers, a research compilation to help quantify the racial divides in key areas and explore some of the contributing factors. The findings will inform our work as we pursue targeted, data-driven, and sustainable policy and private sector solutions. We will share additional information and resources on the initiative as they become available.
Tom O'Rourke, CCE
President and CEO