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Episode 32: EMpowering an Inclusive Economic Recovery

Sustainability Leaders March 02, 2021
Sustainability Leaders March 02, 2021
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Sustainability Leaders’ special guest host Eric Smith, Vice-Chair of BMO Harris Bank is joined by Shelley Stewart III, a Partner at McKinsey & Company and one of the leaders of their Institute for Black Economic Mobility, and Andrea Zopp, a Managing Partner at Cleveland Avenue, a venture fund that fosters growth in the food, beverage and restaurant industries. Andrea previously served as CEO and President of both the Chicago Urban League and World Business Chicago.

In this episode:

  • How minority communities and businesses were disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the steps needed for an equitable recovery

  • The importance of collaboration between the public and private sectors

  • How financial institutions can help and the potential business and economic benefits

  • The need for businesses to be intentional and focus on outcomes to make progress


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