Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition/Citizenship Education Fund will host four corporate CEO fireside chats and a chat with a presidential candidate in Atlanta, focusing on a host of subjects Oct. 10-11 during the 20th annual Creating Opportunity Conference. The conference will be hosted at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta (265 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta).
A host of special guests from Atlanta’s most notable artists, actors and entertainers are slated to attend along with a following of corporate executives and entrepreneurs. The 20th annual Creating Opportunity Conference seeks to expand opportunities through diversity, inclusion and equity partnerships. For registration, visit www.rainbowpushatlanta.org.
“We’ll look at corporations in Atlanta. Some of them depend on us to consume, but we need board protection,” Jackson said. “We want our share of board seats, C-Suites and jobs, lawyers, advertising, marketing and certain contracts. We’ve been one-way trading. We trade with them, but they don’t trade with us. We demand civil and mutually beneficial two-way fair trade.”
Over the two-day event, the conference will host four fireside chats and a chat with a presidential candidate, 10 sessions, business and religious luncheon an opening reception and Rev. Jesse Jackson’s birthday gala. Judge Greg Mathis also will host the Criminal Justice Reform session on Thursday.
Jackson will spend his time on Clark Atlanta University’s campus hosting LinkedIn Sessions for students on Thursday, Oct. 10 while hosting a job fair at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. on both days of the conference.
The opening press conference at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday will reveal the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s Corporate Report Card highlighting 25 corporations and their performance in advocating diversity and inclusion, C-Suite pipeline initiatives, procurement, contracts and minority management of investment portfolios.
The Creating Opportunity Conference will kick off Jackson’s 78th birthday celebration, the “Hope is Alive Gala,” which will conclude the first day of the conference on Thursday, Oct. 10.
“The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is creating opportunities here in Atlanta,” said Axel Adams, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition’s southern region bureau chief. “We have great dynamic speakers, top brass from various Atlanta companies, professional and retired sports figures, elected and appointed officials, educators, clergy and other business leaders from Atlanta and the region.”
Other highlights on Friday, Oct. 11 include a business and religious awards luncheon with guest artist “The Wardlaw Brothers,” sessions on diversity and inclusion, supplier diversity, clergy leadership, and a Denny’s franchise opportunity session.
Corporate CEO fireside chats with Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. include:
• Dr. Raphael Bostic, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta;
• John Quincey, CEO of The Coca-Cola Co.;
• Jeffery Parker, CEO of MARTA Transit System;
• William Rogers Jr., President of SunTrust and BB&T Banks Inc.; and,
• Presidential candidate Tom Steyer
The discussions will focus on education, criminal justice reform, technology, public policy, voter registration and economic development with diverse contributions from Atlanta’s top corporate executives.
An international workshop will feature:
• U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson;
• Hon. Joseph Osei-Owusu, 1st deputy speaker for Parliament of the Republic of Ghana;
• Hon. Baffaour Adjei Bawuah, Ambassador of Ghana to the U.S.; and,
• Hon. Arikana Chihombori-Quao, African Union Ambassador to the U.S.