Are We There Yet?
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 05:00PM Add to Outlook

Navigating the New Economy, Racial Politics & Election 2012” will shed light on our current economic reality — where we are, how we got here and where we’re going — while examining how the economy, jobs & racial politics will impact the upcoming election.

This powerhouse panel of experts will share their knowledge in this arena and participate with regional business experts in an innovative interactive small group discussion segment called “Lightning Rounds: Fast and Furious Finance Tips.”

Doors Open at 5:00PM
Event Starts at: 5:30PM
V.I.P Reception Immediately Following from 8:00-9:00PM

WURD Speaks is an exciting interactive event series that engages local thought leaders, nationally renowned speakers and the community-at-large on a range of topics that directly impact the African-American community. WURD Speaks was launched in 2007 with a program titled “Change: Reflections and Conversations on Barack Obama’s Presidency.” Since then, other events have examined the connection between racism, stress and chronic disease; economic empowerment strategies; the power of poetry, rap, hip-hop and spoken word as mediums for education and social change; race and the criminal justice system; social activism and environmental justice; and most recently, 900AM-WURD produced “State of Mind: The Impact of Race, Culture and History on Body, Mind and Spirit.”


Event Panelists

Dr. Bernard E. Anderson
Senior Economist, Brimmer & Company, LLC

Bernard E. Anderson, a native of South Philadelphia and a nationally respected economist, has held leadership positions in academia, public service, and the private sector. He is the former Whitney M. Young, Jr., Professor of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

After earning his Ph.D. degree in economics at the University of Pennsylvania, he was appointed to the Wharton School faculty. He is the author of six books and numerous scholarly articles on economic and employment policy, and was the first African-American to earn tenure in the Wharton School.

He took leave from the University to serve as Director of the Social Sciences Division of the Rockefeller Foundation, and Visiting Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University. He later returned to Philadelphia as Managing Partner of the Urban Affairs Partnership. In 1991, Governor Robert P. Casey appointed him the first Chairman of the Pennsylvania Inter-governmental Cooperation Authority, the fiscal oversight board for the City of Philadelphia. He was later appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employment Standards Administration, a position he held until 2001. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation.

Dr. Anderson has served as a member of the board of directors of Provident Mutual Life Insurance Company, United Bank of Philadelphia, the Greater Philadelphia Urban Affairs Coalition, and the Philadelphia Orchestra. He was formerly Chairman of the board of trustees of Lincoln University, and is currently Vice Chairman of the board of trustees of Tuskegee University.

Bruce Crawley
Founder, African-American Chamber of Commerce
David Hinson
National Director, U.S. Dept. of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency
Pamela Jolly
CEO, Torch Enterprises

Pamela Jolly is an established professional with 16 years experience in the areas of community and economicdevelopment, financial services, strategic management, change management, and marketing research. She is adept atintegrating both her corporate and entrepreneurial experiences to establish bridges between the enterprising interestsof large corporations and government with small and minority business enterprises (SMBE’s). Pamela has developed aunique way of negotiating with both sides of investment table to merge shared interests in ways that benefit top linerevenue and bottom-line profits of community and the economic systems around it.