DETROIT — Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist II will be joined by Bishop Edgar L. Vann, Wayne State President M. Roy Wilson and corporate leaders from some of Detroit’s largest corporations and nonprofits to speak at the Detroit Equity Symposium. The goal of the event is to discuss ways to work together to improve equity and inclusion in Detroit’s corporate community and to release a report funded by the Kresge Foundation that shares best practices to provide a roadmap for our collaborative efforts moving forward.

“Detroit Equity Inc. is determined to keep equity and inclusion at the forefront until every Detroit resident in every neighborhood has access to opportunity,” said DEI CEO and Founder Bishop Edgar L. Wang. “The 2022 Detroit Equity Symposium will bring together leaders from Detroit’s top companies with the diversity and inclusion community to foster the innovation and action necessary for real progress in our community.”

The symposium, supported by Henry Ford Health, the Detroit Regional Chamber, the Skillman Foundation and HAP, will be held at the Wayne State University Student Center from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The event includes a networking breakfast, speakers and a panel discussion. Registration for the event is free.

Detroit Equity Inc. (DEI), a nonprofit organization founded by Bishop Edgar Wang and co-founder of the Detroit Advocate. Bertram Marks is an organization focused on advancing equity and inclusion in Detroit’s corporate community. Its board, chaired by Huntington Bank Executive Chairman Gary Torgov, includes executives and leaders from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, DTE Energy, Wayne State University, Henry Ford Health and the City of Detroit.

DEI provides a range of non-profit and consulting services that work with Detroit’s corporate community to:

· Increase the number of Detroit residents and people of color represented in Detroit’s workforce

· Connect Detroit-based and minority-owned businesses to purchasing and supplier opportunities

· Increase the number of Detroiters and BIPOCs slated for leadership positions and board leadership.

To register for the symposium and learn more about Detroit Equity, Inc., visit the DEI website, www.detroitequityinc.org

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