The U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. teamed up with local entrepreneurs and attendants of the Wall Street Economic Summit to discuss the importance of mentorship within minority communities. With a diverse panel representing industries across the creative economy, agriculture, service industries, among others, the panelists shared unique stories of personal entrepreneurial pursuits and discussed how community-centric growth is key for our collective development. The panelists included:

  • Charles O’Neal, President of the Texas Association of African American Chambers of Commerce
  • Quinyae Sturdivant, NYC-based creative entrepreneur
  • David Smith, Chief-of-Staff, U.S. Black Chambers
  • Jessica Johnson, small business advocate and business owner

Ranging in age from the millennial to boomer generations, panelists identified with one another on the need for us to look back before looking forward and use entrepreneurship to create and build self-sustaining communities. We’ve recorded some memorable quotes below:

On mentorship…

You can’t be what you can’t see.

On the impact of technology and innovation…

When labor is your only contribution to the economy and that labor is no longer needed, you’ve got to do something else.

On self-sustaining communities…

Every time we build a website, we need to plant a row of corn. We need to feed ourselves, too.

Special thanks to the Grand HyattHotel for hosting us, the Rainbow Push – Wall Street Economic Summit, panelists and attendants for an awesome event!