A Future of Opportunity for All



Sep. 25 Convening

Attend a convening about Greater New Haven's future as a place of opportunity, featuring Tawanna Black, Founder and CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion.

Date: September 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Location: Omni New Haven Hotel 


Creating a Future of Opportunity

While the state hovers near the bottom of national economic growth indicators, the city of New Haven and the region are well-positioned to be a future growth center for Connecticut. However, growth alone is not enough. As seen in regions around the country that are booming, the top earners are reaping most of the gains and too many are behind.

Greater New Haven can be different.

Increasing access to skills, training and employment is only part of the equation. For there to be inclusive growth, the region must also address the structural racism and gender bias that have closed the doors of opportunity to too many, for too long.

The Foundation is committed to working in partnership with local residents and institutions so that the larger community embraces a vision of Greater New Haven as a place of opportunity for all.

Lifting up our residents and creating a shared prosperity inspires us! What inspires you?

Join us.

2019 Convening
Creating a Future of Opportunity Through Inclusive Growth

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 | 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. | Omni New Haven Hotel at Yale, 155 Temple St. New Haven

Learn. Share. Interact. Problem-solve.

Seating is limited due to the participatory nature of this convening. Please register early.


Bringing together Greater New Haven residents and social, business and institutional sector leaders to explore:

  • How can our community create greater opportunity for more of our residents?

  • How can we ensure that all community residents can share in the benefits of economic growth?



Welcoming Address

Creating a Future of Opportunity in Greater New Haven: Our Challenge, Our Assets, Our Commitment
William W. Ginsberg, president & CEO of The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven

Breakout Sessions: Inclusive Growth from the Ground Up

Breakout Session 1 — Creating Opportunity Through an Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystem

Session Leader: Chris Gergen, CEO and co-founder of Forward Cities
Speakers: Caroline Smith and Margaret Lee, co-founders of Collab; Peter Hurst, president and CEO of Greater New England Minority Supplier Development Council



Breakout Session 2 — Creating Opportunity Through Career Pathways in Local Growth Sectors

Session Leader: Shelly Saczynski, former director - Economic and Community Development at UIL Holdings Corp.
Speakers: Dorinda Manner, executive director, Talent Acquisition at Yale New Haven Health; Jamison Scott, executive director of New Haven Manufacturers Association; Patricia Melton, executive director of New Haven Promise





Breakout Session 3 — Creating Opportunity in Neighborhoods: Dixwell-Newhallville

Session Leader: Lee Cruz, Director of Community Outreach, The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
Speakers: Erik Clemons, president and CEO of ConnCAT; Kim Harris, resident and founder of Cercle and Inspired Communities Inc.; Serena Neal-Sanjurjo, executive director of Livable City Initiative, the City of New Haven



Keynote Address

Creating an Economy that Works for Everyone: the Twin Cities Example
Tawanna Black, founder & CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion, St. Paul MN

Panel Discussion

Making our Growth Truly Inclusive: A Diversity of Perspectives

Moderator: Onyeka Obiocha, managing director at Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale
Panelists: Jacob Padrón, artistic director at Long Wharf Theatre; Alexis Smith, executive director of New Haven Legal Assistance; David Addams, executive director of William Caspar Graustein Memorial Fund; Patrick Dunn, executive director of New Haven Pride Center





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Opportunity Makers

Below are some success stories from our partners, whom we call Opportunity Makers. These are the people and institutions who are creating a more inclusive Greater New Haven community. Real life local examples of creating a future of opportunity for area residents.

Room for Growth

The Brookings Institution’s 2018 Metro Monitor Index of Inclusive Growth tracks economic performance according to three pillars of successful economic development: growth of an economy; prosperity as measured by the wealth and income produced by an economy; and inclusion in terms of how the benefits of growth and prosperity are shared. 
Greater New Haven's ranking: Growth: 74th ; Prosperity: 74th ; Inclusion: 61st

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