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Uniting Two Detroits Session Features Candid Discussion on Diversity, Race

The Conference’s last session brought forward a candid discussion about race and economic opportunity in Detroit’s resurgence during the “Uniting Two Detroits” panel inspired by columns from Nolan Finley, editorial page editor for The Detroit News.

The panel, sponsored by Delta Air Lines focused on issues such as perceptions about diversifying the clientele in downtown Detroit, educating young African American residents about business startup opportunities and removing barriers to minority entrepreneurs, such as lack of access of capital.

The panel featured Dennis Archer Jr., president and CEO of Ignition Media Group and president of Archer Corporate Services; Cindy Pasky, president and CEO of Strategic Staffing Solutions; Andre Spivey, Detroit City Councilman for District 4; and Eric Williams, director, Program for Entrepreneurship and Business Law, Wayne State University. The panel was moderated by Finley and Devin Scillian, anchor for WDIV-TV 4, which webcast the session.