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Investing in Ourselves: Economic Opportunity & Older Black Women
Older, Black women experienced the steepest drop in labor force participation and have had the slowest job recovery during the Pandemic recession. According to Teresa Ghilarducci, economist and director of the Retirement Equity Lab, Black female workers “might never recover." The implications are staggering for individual job seekers, families, and communities.

Our board member, Angela S. Beddoe, sits down with Asahi Pompey and Tonya Veasey to discuss the obstacles facing older Black women as they reenter the labor market and pursue meaningful, sustainable opportunities. They will highlight some of the innovative workforce and policy solutions that Black women across the public, private, and philanthropic sectors are pursuing to not only reverse the current situation but to create lasting change.

Sep 23, 2021 12:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Asahi Pompey
Global Head of Corporate Engagement and President @Goldman Sachs Foundation
Asahi Pompey is a member of the Management Committee, Global Diversity Committee and the Sustainable Finance Steering Group. Ms. Pompey is also an ex-officio member of the Investment Banking Division Council for Advancement of Racial Equity. Prior to assuming her current role, Asahi was Co-Chief Compliance Officer of Goldman, Sachs & Co and Global Head of Investment Banking Division Compliance. She joined Goldman Sachs in 2006 and was named Managing Director in 2010 and Partner in 2018. Asahi has seen first-hand the transformative power of philanthropy on communities, families and individuals. She spent her formative years in Guyana and immigrated to Brooklyn as a child, where she benefited from scholarships that enabled her to attend high school in Japan, college and law school. Asahi graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College and earned a JD from Columbia University, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and an S.K. Yee Scholar.
Tonya Veasey
President & CEO @Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF)
Tonya Veasey spearheads the foundation’s mission to advance the global Black community by developing leaders, informing policy and educating the public through CBCF initiatives. Tonya has provided counsel to top corporations, nonprofits, public entities and elected officials in issues management, crisis communications, corporate social responsibility, and diversity and inclusion strategy. She has worked as a legislative staffer, a nonprofit organization leader, a registered lobbyist and as the public affairs director for a Fortune 500 Company. For her success as an entrepreneur and her commitment to the community, Tonya has received a number of honors including the Fort Worth Business Press Great Women of Texas, the Dallas Business Journal’s Minority Business Leaders award, and the City of Fort Worth’s 1999 Woman of the Year in Public Service. Tonya earned an Executive MBA at Texas Christian University and a bachelor’s degree from Paul Quinn College.
Angela S. Beddoe
Publisher & Editor-in Chief, Herlife Magazine @Co-Founder and Principal, G-Force Consulting
Prior to her current role, Angela was Vice President-Public Affairs for a utility holding company with over $4 billion in assets and President of its non-profit foundation. Reporting directly to the Chairman and CEO, her responsibilities included government relations, communications, media relations, marketing, branding, advertising, community relations, and corporate events. She served on the environmental sustainability committee. Angela is an award-winning public speaker, writer and producer. She is a recognized thought leader on leadership, entrepreneurship and strategic communication and has been a guest lecturer at Skidmore College, New York University and leadership Summit America. In addition to her Board service at the Center for Workforce Inclusion and its sister organization, CWI Labs, Angela serves on the board of the Capital Region Chamber and Capital Region Chamber Foundation and Proctor's Collaborative. She is past Chairman of the National Board of Rebuilding Together