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The 2022 Annual Gateway Cities Leadership Summit
Growing an Inclusive Economy II
July 12, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Last year’s leadership summit explored the opportunity to fuel small business growth with the unprecedented infusion of recovery resources and federal infrastructure funds. This July, we will revisit this opportunity with a sharper focus on inclusive contracting and procurement.
MassINC will present findings from new research prepared in partnership with the legal team at Lawyers for Civil Rights, then we will dig into several case studies. We will conclude the summit with a timely review of end-of-session Gateway City legislative priorities and strategies to advance them.
Bob Rivers, CEO & Chairman of the board, Eastern Bank
Ben Forman, Executive Director, Gateway Cities Innovation Institute
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Executive Director, Lawyers for Civil Rights
Moderator: Carrie Saldo, Award-winning journalist
Daylana Ervin-Parker, Director, Budget and Supplier Diversity, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts
Kareem Kibodya, Co-Lead of Policy & Advocacy, BECMA
Bill McAvoy, Executive Director, Massachusetts Supplier Diversity Office
Natalia Urtubey, Foundation Fellow, Eastern Bank Foundation
Senator Eric Lesser, Chair, Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies
Andre Leroux, Director, Gateway Hubs Project, MassINC