Economic Empowerment

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At the International Women’s Day Forum, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Carolyn Cawley and Synchrony's Margaret Keane discussed how businesses must create an inclusive recovery. Ensuring equal opportunity to succeed is essential as we rebuild our economy – and keeping women in the workforce is a key driver. The choices companies make today will impact our nation’s progress toward closing the economic inequality gap for decades to come. 
Dairy Nourishes Africa

Africa will lead the world in population growth by the end of the century, nearly doubling over the next 30 years. The rapid expansion complicates valiant efforts to eradicate poverty, combat hunger and malnutrition, and to cope with a changing climate and dramatic weather patterns. Dairy Nourishes Africa (DNA) is building a 15-20-year public-private partnership to address some of these challenges through the power of dairy and drive the accelerated transformation of African dairy industries.

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.

Coalition to Back Black Businesses Awards Grants and Mentorship to 600 Black Small Business Owners

The Coalition to Back Black Businesses (CBBB), launched in partnership with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, American Express, and the nation’s four leading Black chambers – the National Black Chamber of Commerce, National Business League, U.S. Black Chambers, Inc., and Walker’s Legacy – announced it has awarded $5,000 grants to 600 Black-owned small businesses in 33 states.

Alicia Hammon IWD Q&A

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. Alicia Hammond is a Gender Specialist with the World Bank’s Gender Group, where she serves as the lead on innovation and technology.

The Coalition to Back Black Businesses: Paving the Way for Long-Term Success

On February 24, join our grantees and the Coalition partners – including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, American Express, our supporting partners, and the nation’s leading Black chambers – to discuss the work of the Coalition to date, the impact it is making in the lives of Black small business owners, and how others can help grow this effort.
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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