Event: Closing The Employment Disparity Gap

African-Americans in the Twin Cities are three times as likely to be unemployed as Caucasians — the largest disparity in a major metro area in the U.S. Large disparities remain even after comparing groups with similar education levels.

Please join Wells Fargo as Dr. Algernon Austin, author of Uneven Pain and Economic Policy Institute researcher on race and employment, shares his findings and makes recommendations on how our region can build a stronger, more diverse and engaged workforce. In addition to Dr. Austin, a panel of diverse leaders working in the Twin Cities will also share their experiences, stories, and ideas for solutions.

This is a great opportunity to network with local leaders  and  to raise awareness about internal bias and its influence on recruiting, promoting, retaining and developing diverse talent. Our goal is to develop practical solutions to reduce disparities in the Twin Cities.

Closing the Disparity Gap:
Recognizing & Engaging Diverse Talent

Friday, May 6
8 a.m. – 12 p.m. (Check-in/Networking will begin at 7:30 a.m.)

Wells Fargo Center (6th & Marquette Ave)
90 South 7th Street
Minneapolis, MN 55402
3rd Floor Conference Center


  • Keynote Presentation by Dr. Algernon Austin
  • Panel Discussion with Diverse Leaders in the Twin Cities
  • Table Top Discussions and Actions Plans


  • Continental breakfast will be provided.
  • Registration is required as space is limited for this event. Please register no later than Monday, May 2ndwww.surveymonkey.com/s/PFT6Q3R
  • Feel free to contact Carolyn Roby at 612.667.8847, Philomena Morrissey Satre at 612.667.8382 or Sheryl Cristobal at 612.667.6390 with any additional questions.

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