Federal Reserve banks focus on solutions to racism's impact on our economy

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Diana Yitbarek, 44, of Washington, D.C, leaves the D.C. Department of Employment Services, after trying to find out about her unemployment benefits.
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Presented in partnership by the Federal Reserve Banks of Minneapolis, Atlanta and Boston, “Racism and the Economy” is a virtual event series that brings together community, business and academic leaders to examine the economic impact of racism and advance bold ideas and concrete actions to achieve an economy that makes opportunity available to everyone.

This session focused on employment, including occupational segregation, discriminatory practices and employment law.

Practitioners and private sector leaders discussed the overall practicality, effectiveness, and opportunities offered by various proposals to remove barriers to equity and improve employment outcomes for workers of color.

The Fed event was held on Nov. 17, and was moderated by Kimberly Adams of APM’s Marketplace.

Speakers in this session were:

  • Byron Auguste of Opportunity@work.

  • Ed Bastian, the CEO of Delta Airlines.

  • Josh Bolten of Business Roundtable.

  • Rebecca Dixon of National Employment Law Project.

  • Ai-Jen Poo, National Domestic Workers Alliance.

  • William Rodgers, Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.

Use the audio player above to listen to the program.

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