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Perspective on Black America and Creating Wealth

The COVID-19 pandemic has claimed the lives of over 100,000 citizens, with a disproportionate amount of those being at the lower end of the economic ladder and people of color. In a desperate move, governors and mayors across the nation have urged millions of their residents to remain self-quarantined and businesses to be closed, with hopes of reducing the spread of the virus.

And while we stayed home, the nation watched in horror as Ahmaud Arbery was gunned down by two white civilians for jogging in a white neighborhood, Breonna Taylor was shot in cold blood in her own home by police under a “no knock” warrant, and George Floyd was held down and suffocated by three police officers in a weakened state, crying out, “I can’t breathe.” As a result of these killings being witnessed by millions, citizens of all ethnic, religious, and racial backgrounds took to the streets in peaceful demonstrations, despite the possibility of endangering their own health. Since the initial wave of protests, we’ve watched peaceful protests by people of ill will across the nations be utilized to create havoc in our communities.

Join us for a virtual webinar featuring JumpStart friend and keynote speaker James (Jim) Lowry who will share Perspective on Black America and Creating Wealth.
Tuesday, July 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. ET

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During the session, Mr. Lowry will cover the following topics:

  1. Identify the problem: Reevaluate our ever pertinent past and current situation as it relates to being Black in America.
  2. Frame an approach to solve the problem: Learn a framework regarding the necessary work of building and solidifying the economic success and development of America’s Black communities.
  3. A call to action: As a driver of change, Jim will teach you how to gain the tools necessary to affect tangible prosperity for years to come.

About Jim Lowry

James H. Lowry is a Senior Advisor to the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), President of his own private consulting firm specializing in minority business development and strategic planning, and author of Change Agent: A Life Dedicated to Creating Wealth for Minorities. Lowry is a nationally recognized workforce and supplier diversity expert and pioneer. He encapsulates his 40 plus years of experience in the field of minority business development in during his speaking engagements and publications.

Prior to joining BCG in 2000, Lowry had his own firm, James H. Lowry & Associates (JHLA), which was established in 1975. In 1978, JHLA prepared the first major study on minority business enterprise development for the U.S. Department of Commerce entitled, New Strategy for Minority Business. It was the precursor to the creation of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA).

In 1980, he prepared another study for the Department of Commerce entitled Minority Business in the 80s. Between 1981 and 2000, Lowry designed over 30 major minority business programs for corporate and public sector clients. These included the design and implementation of state of the art supplier diversity programs in the public sector for the cities of Louisville, Atlanta, and Chicago; and at the Federal level, for the Small Business Administration, the Department of Labor, and Department of Defense; within the private sector, for Burger King, AT&T, American Express, Peps-Cola, Frito-Lay, Toyota and the Ford Motor Company. In 1985, he co-hosted the groundbreaking television show MBR: THE MINORITY BUSINESS REPORT.

Prior to forming JHLA, Lowry was the first to join McKinsey & Company in 1968. He rose to Senior Associate for McKinsey & Company, serving in London, New York, Washington, D.C., Chicago and Dar-es-Salam, Tanzania. In 1972, he assisted in the development of a semi-private sector strategy for the Republic of Tanzania. In 1965, he was Assistant to the President of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation where he developed a minority business outreach program for central Brooklyn, New York and co-hosted the groundbreaking television show inside Bedford Stuyvesant in 1966. He began his career in various positions with the U.S. Peace Corps including Associate Director in Lima, Peru.

His educational background includes an undergraduate degree in political science from Grinnell College and a master’s degree in public international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh.