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My story is unfortunately not unique. It’s a story shared by far too many. Like so many Americans, my family was destroyed by the addiction of someone I loved and I never saw it coming. I had no idea what addiction looked like. I believed that addiction was someone else’s problem.

Mekala Krishnan

In celebration of the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s 11th Annual International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re spotlighting inspiring women who are working to break barriers to pave a more equal, inclusive, and resilient future for women and girls around the world. Dr. Mekala Krishnan is a partner at the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI). In this role, she leads MGI’s research on gender economics, inclusive growth, and economic development.

IWD Q&A Shelly Bell

In celebration of Black History Month and the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s 11th Annual International Women’s Day Forum on March 5, we’re spotlighting inspiring women who are working to break barriers to pave a more equal, inclusive, and resilient future for women and girls around the world. Shelly Bell is the founder and CEO of Black Girl Ventures, a nonprofit dedicated to creating access to capital for Black and Brown women entrepreneurs.

CBBB grantee

The U.S. Chamber Foundation conducted a series of interviews featuring Coalition to Back Black Businesses (CBBB) grantees and their stories. We heard from Black small business owners on how the CBBB grant helped them, the impact of the pandemic on small businesses, and what Black business owners need during this challenging time.

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