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Financial Inclusion Through Sports and Entertainment

Financial Inclusion Through Sports and Entertainment

October 18 at 2:00 pm PDT / 5:00 pm EDT

Professional sports and entertainment have become a prominent forum for discussions about racial justice in the United States. Players, coaches, actors, filmmakers, and executives are taking the lead in protesting police brutality and social inequities, drawing attention to some of the most important political issues of our time. Behind the scenes as well, teams, leagues, and individuals have upped the ante on economic justice by committing to fund a variety of community initiatives. For example, a historic partnership between the Atlanta Hawks and the National Black Bank Foundation is financing construction of a new team practice facility. The members of this panel will examine how creative relationships such as this can provide the capital to transform communities across the country. Speakers will also consider how they can help advance racial justice through financial inclusion.


Ashley Bell
Co-Founder, National Black Bank Foundation; Partner, Dentons; former Regional Administrator, Small Business Administration


Cynthia Day
President and CEO, Citizens Trust Bank

Hill Harper
Award-winning Actor; Best-selling Author; CEO and Founder, The Black Wall Street Digital Wallet

Robert E. James, II
President and CEO, Carver Financial Corporation

Renata Simril
President and CEO, LA84 Foundation (