The National Urban League Conference
delivered a powerful message at its 2016 annual meeting, held Aug. 3-6 in Baltimore, Md. With the theme “Save Our Cities: Education, Jobs and Justice,” this year’s conference brought together 10,000 individuals to discuss pressing issues facing African Americans, other minorities and the status and growth of America’s cities.
Georgia-Pacific was back as a sponsor of the meeting’s Women of Power & Business Leaders Awards Luncheon
. With about 1,000 guests, the event honored trailblazing women for their impact on business, politics, civic engagement and community leadership. This year’s honorees included:
- Valerie B. Jarrett, White House Senior Advisor
- Dr. Germaine Smith-Baugh, President/CEO of the Urban League of Broward County
- Charisse R. Lillie, Fellow and VP of Community Investment for Comcast Corp. and EVP of Comcast Foundation
- Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and Planned Parenthood Action Fund
- Alejandra Y. Castillo, National Director of the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Lori Chennault, Georgia-Pacific’s VP of Information Technology, said in her opening remarks to the group, “These leaders embody the entrepreneurial spirit…they are risk takers…fiercely courageous…and they invite change when others run from it. They are architects of a greater vision and their leadership qualities have inspired others and their actions have enriched communities.”
GP parent company Koch Industries also supported the NUL meeting, hosting the plenary session “The Burden of Mass Incarceration: Time for New Solutions,” with panelist Mark Holden, SVP, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary President for Koch. This dynamic conversation examined our country’s criminal justice system – one with the largest prison population in the world – and presented solution reform ideas.
The National Urban League is a historic civil rights organization dedicated to economic empowerment to elevate the standard of living in historically underserved urban communities. Learn more at the NUL website.