The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment, equality, and social justice. Founded in 1910 and headquartered in New York City, the Urban League collaborates at the national and local levels with community leaders, policymakers, and corporate partners to elevate the standards of living for African Americans and other historically underserved groups.
With 90 affiliates serving 300 communities in 37 states and the District of Columbia, the Urban League spearheads the development of social programs and authoritative public policy research and advocates for policies and services that close the equality gap. At the community level, the National Urban League and its affiliates provide direct services that improve the lives of more than two million people annually.
What Our Team Learned at the NUL Conference
The National Urban League is one of Protiviti’s newest partnerships, and this was our first time attending the national convention. We sent 14 of our colleagues to the conference to explore conference topics like social action, career advancement, entrepreneurship, and technology innovation.
Scroll on to read four things our team learned:
- Empowerment Day was dedicated to building a broad coalition into a powerful force for policy and social action. The opening session “Destination Equity: Charting the Path Forward” included initial remarks from Kamala Harris, Vice President of the United States, who encouraged us as individuals to continue to make our voices heard. The broad-ranging discussion moderated by April Ryan, White House Correspondent for The Grio, with Keith Ellison, Minnesota Attorney General, and Lee Merritt, Civil Rights Attorney and Activist, focused on how to capture the moment, heal divisions that have stood in the way of progress, and cut a fresh path toward equity and social justice.
- Career & Professional Development Day featured a series of workshops crafted for growth and career advancement. The young professional forum “Crashing The ‘C-Suite’—New Rules!” highlighted personal stories on how to jump-start your career advancement as a young minority. Some topics addresses included bringing your whole self to work, code switching, and mentorship to bring up the next generation of leaders. It was also noted that companies that show a focus on DEI efforts showed a 20-30% increase in overall revenue.
- Small Business Matters Entrepreneurship Day guided new and veteran entrepreneurs toward long-term success.The young professional forum “Success and the Side Hustle Struggle” provided in-depth, self-assessment tools, best practices for new businesses, and a comprehensive review of potential pitfalls when transitioning to full-time entrepreneurship.
- TechConnect & Demo Day was the annual gathering of tech innovators and content creators. The focus included how to find funding for a venture and expand your digital reach and influence.The forum “Igniting Innovation: How Black Women Are Helping Close the Racial Wealth Gap” spotlighted the power of Black women as innovators and disruptors of the status quo and hear how they are developing solutions to funnel capital to Black-owned businesses. “It takes a village” to support one another in sharing knowledge and resources to create a pipeline for future generations to continue to build upon and grow.
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