On August 22, 2019, Speak Truth Summit, in partnership with Lean In Women of Color Chicago and The Impact Alliance NFP is hosting a panel discussion at The Wing to raise awareness about the pay gap impacting black women in the United States. Gender and race equality is critical in organizations that want to perform at their highest level. However, currently, black women have to work 233 more days than white non-hispanic men to earn the same amount of money. 

To commemorate this day, the panel discussion will base their conversation on the movie “Invisible Warriors: African American Women in World War II”, that chronicles the story of the first Black women to work in industry and government administrative service during World War II. Then panelists will share their insights about the social impact of the pay gap for black women and give organizations practical steps that they can start implementing to address it.  “The pay gap is widening for women of color. This is unacceptable. We are elevating the conversation about the pay gap because our past efforts have not been enough.” says Julene Allen Chair of Lean In Women of Color, Illinois. Carla M. Kupe, Founder of Speak Truth Summit and The Impact Alliance NFP says, “As leaders it’s important that we are honest about the biases and discrimination that women of color are facing every day and not shove the realities of their experiences, their truth, under the rug.” 

During this event, Lean In Women of Color will also launch a podcast series that promotes leadership advice from black women leaders who reached the top of their industries such as Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx; Andrea Zopp, CEO of World Business Chicago; and Amy S. Hilliard, Former President of Fashion Fair Cosmetics, among others. The podcast will highlight the strides that black women are making in the country and move the conversation about the importance of closing the pay gap. 

The panel discussion and film viewing will take place at The Wing, located in Fulton Market, on August 22, 2019, from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. You can buy your ticket here.

Journalists are invited to register by emailing press@blackwomensequalpay.org with your name and organization.

This event is happening thanks to the support of the Chicago Council on Science and Technology and Studio B Entertainment.

To learn more about the Black Women’s Equal Pay Day Commemoration Project, click here.

About Lean In Women of Color 

Across the board, the leadership gap between men and women is significant, but for women of color, the gap is greater. Lean In Women of Color is a champion in the mission for diversity and inclusion and responds to the unconscious biases that often get in the way. Lean In Women of Color confronts some of these challenges and promotes resources for individuals, companies, and communities. We want to arm all women with the right tools to accomplish their goals. In addition, we want them to keep “the seat” warm so more women can thrive! 

About The Impact Alliance NFP

The Impact Alliance NFP, a diversity, equity, and inclusion culture change consulting firm which mission to educate entities on how to foster organizational cultures centered on diversity in all forms (i.e. race, ethnicity, sex, gender identification, religion, generation, ability, etc.) and inclusivity in all facets of the organization and to facilitate socially just culture transformation for the good of the organization as well as those they impact.

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