Alliance launches discussion on wealth-building among Black women

Morning panelists at the State of Black Women and Girls Economic Status Seminar
Morning panelists at the State of Black Women and Girls Economic Status Seminar

The Black Women’s Wealth Alliance (BWWA) launched their first bi-annual State of Black Women and Girls Economic Status Seminar March 26, 2016 at the University of Minnesota’s Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs led by BWWA Founder and President Kenya McKnight Ahad.

More than 150 Black women, girls and supporters showed up to hear the BWWA 2016 Report led by principal researcher Dr. Brittany Lewis, who also moderated a panel of esteemed Black women leaders around the economic status of Black women in Minnesota report and more. The BWWA 2016 Goal Diggers Seminar also entailed a range of innovative Black women stakeholders who presented on the importance of the work Black women do within our communities, including their incredible work and vital keys to being a Black woman in business and a community leader.

The Evolution Presenters included DeAnna Cummings of Juxta Position Arts, Chanda Smith-Baker of Pillsbury United Communities, Neda Kellog of Project Diva, Bernadeia Johnson, former superintendent of Minneapolis Public Schools, and Dua Saleh of Augsburg University.

The morning panelists included Stella Whitney West of North Point Health and Wellness, Tracey Williams-Dillard of the Minnesota Spokesman-Recorder, Lea Hargett of the Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce, Monique Linder of OMG Media, Ladonna Sanders-Redmond of Seward Coop, and Commissioner Toni Carter of Ramsey County.

A range of Beauty on a Budget Black women vendors were also present.

The seminar was a great success and a beginning place for the BWWA as well as a start to a much-needed discussion and ongoing focus on the economic well-being and wealth-building of Black women in Minnesota. The BWWA maintains that Black women and girls play a key and critical role in the survival and prosperity of the Black community. If Black women and girls are not well, than the Black community will not be well.

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