David, a prominent advocate and advocate for social and economic justice, will lead the significant expansion of the Forum’s presence, strategy and programming

NEW YORK, June 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Today, the Global Black Economic Forum, the world’s premier platform dedicated to redefining economic and social justice for the black diaspora around the world, announced Alfonso David will serve as President and CEO, implementing a robust and ambitious expansion strategy to serve and advocate for the economic needs of the black community.

The Global Black Economic Forum brings together business leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs, activists and consumers worldwide on the topic of thought leadership; operational and entrepreneurial career development; and promoting social and economic justice for marginalized communities. The forum, which has historically focused on hosting large-scale conferences that bring together leaders from multiple sectors to address key challenges, will expand its structure to include a global academy and technology platform to empower Black people worldwide and groundbreaking work on To start formulating, evaluating and advocating on issues of social and economic justice.

“We started this journey with a sole Mission – to create economic opportunity for the black diaspora and to ensure that economic inclusion is a human right”, said Richelieu Dennis, founder and chair of the Global Black Economic Forum. “Without economic opportunities, no human being can reach their full potential, and no society can achieve justice.”

Alfonso DavidPresident and CEO of the Global Black Economic Forum, said“I am inspired by this opportunity to apply my life’s work in the fight for civil rights and inclusion to the tremendous opportunity to push boundaries, break down barriers and help more people around the world seize opportunities and achieve their dreams. It’s time we finally sat down together Beyond the shackles that hold our communities back. This is our moment. And as I seize that moment, I look forward to leveraging the community reach and scope of the Essence Ventures platform, and I look forward to collaborating with them Caroline WangaPresident and CEO of Essence Ventures.”

Founder and Chairman Richelieu Dennis: A Story of Innovation and Empowerment

The Global Black Economic Forum was founded by global entrepreneur, investor and social commerce innovator Richelieu Dennis, whose passion for entrepreneurship and innovation stretches back to his family roots Liberia, West Africa. Dennis is known for founding the Sundial family of companies and growing it into a billion dollar company, after which he acquired the legendary ESSENCE brand. Dennis currently chairs a number of companies and is driven by a mission to serve underserved communities by advancing the philosophy of economic inclusion as a human right.

New President and CEO Alfonso David: guide for the next chapter of the forum

Alfonso David brings more than two decades of experience in the private, public, and not-for-profit sectors, working to advance the rights of marginalized communities through policy, legislation, litigation, and advocacy. David has broken down barriers, built systems and transformed institutions throughout his diverse career. As Managing Director, he was instrumental in creating one of the most in-demand addiction treatment centers in the country. In the public service, David helped transform broken systems that handicapped the lives of the most vulnerable, including restructuring workers’ compensation and unemployment insurance systems in the United States State of New York to reduce inefficiencies and deficits that had plagued these vital social safety nets for decades. As a nonprofit leader, he has created and expanded groundbreaking programs for marginalized communities, including an impact litigation program to advance LGBTQ+ rights and an HIV and health justice program to address the disproportionate rates of HIV in black and brown people to tackle communities across the nation. David is a trailblazer who has dedicated his life to achieving a more just and just world.

Conferences with a global impact

The Global Black Economic Forum has held conferences with a diverse group of world leaders and leaders including: President of Ghana Nana Akufo AddoNobel Peace Prize laureate and former President of Liberia Ellen Johnson SirleafCEO of SquareSpace Inc. and co-founder and former CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey, President and CEO of TIAA and former CEO of Chase Consumer Banking at JP Morgan Chase Thasunda Brown Duckett, CEO of Walmart Doug McMillon and Bishop and author TD Jakes.

The Forum will continue to host global and regional conferences – from Accra Ghana to New Orleans, Louisiana – Tailored to promote justice for the black community and other marginalized groups. As a place where Heads of State, business leaders, business leaders, policymakers, advocates and activists gather and congregate, the Forum offers an insightful mix of interactive panels, dynamic speakers and immediate calls-to-action to advance equal opportunity for Black people to promote community worldwide.

What’s next: A global academy, tech platform and foundation

Now, the Global Black Economic Forum will expand its reach and impact with new leadership, structure and programming. In addition to its conferences, the forum will also create a global academy and multi-pronged technology platform to empower Black and other historically underserved communities to build new and sustainable skills for leadership and success across industries and to transform the way institutions engage and be held accountable on issues of justice and equality. Additionally, through a partnership with the New Voices Foundation, the forum will formulate, evaluate and advocate for social and economic justice policy issues affecting black and brown communities and other marginalized groups. The founding work of the forum will focus on breaking down systemic and oppressive systems that were created and perpetuated to discriminate against and further oppress marginalized communities.

2022 ESSENCE Culture Festival

In continuing its mission to bring together and unite heads of state, world leaders, businesspeople, policymakers, advocates and activists on issues affecting the Black Diaspora, the Forum works with its strategic and production partner MVD Inc. and its owners Massa David and Miatta Johnson Hosted a conference at ESSENCE Festival of Culture 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana which attracts more than 500,000 people. At the festival Vice President of the United States Kamala V Harris will continue to speak Saturday July 2nd from the “Power Stage” in the Convention Center. Also members of the Biden-Harris administration among them Pete ButtigiegMinister of transport; Michael ReganEnvironmental Protection Agency Administrator; Shalanda Young, Director of the Office of Administration and Budget; and Mitch LandrieuInfrastructure Implementation Coordinator and former Mayor of New Orleans and Lt. gov of Louisianawill continue to speak Friday July 1st about the administration’s efforts to achieve justice.

Continue Thursday, July 30th During the festival, the Forum hosts a conference on a range of topics, including building culture in your organization, business and civil rights, case studies on black cities and communities, and how we assess the impact of public and private partnerships, sustainability and scalability in the moment globally and the state the black media. Conference attendees include Zain Asher (CNN anchor), Thusanda Brown Duckett (President and CEO of TIAA), Caroline Wanga (President and CEO of Essence Ventures), Trudy Bourgeois (Founder of the Center for Workforce Excellence), Deon Haywood (CEO of Women with a Vision), Derrick Johnson (President and CEO of the NAACP), Marc Morial (President of the National League of cities), Akwasi Agyeman (CEO of Ghana Tourism Authority), Mayor La Toya Cantrell (Mayor of New Orleans), Troy Dennis (Senior Vice President, Head of Product, Fintech, Financial Inclusion & ESG for North America at Mastercard), Melissa Bradley (Managing Partner of 1863 Ventures), Samantha Tweety (President of the Black Economic Alliance Foundation), Debra Langford (JP Morgan, Head of Black Wealth Initiatives), Mike Hyter (President & CEO of the Executive Leadership Council), Kirk McDonald (CEO of GroupM North America), Cynthia M Jenkins (Head of Supplier Diversity at GroupM), Gonzalo del Fa (President GroupM MultiCultural) and RyanRobertson (Senior Vice President of Marketing for Group Black).

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