Rainbow PUSH readies for annual Wall St. Summit

The Rainbow PUSH Wall Street Project will host the 15th annual gathering of the Wall Street Economic Summit from January 25-27, 2012 at the Sheraton New York Hotel and Towers, 811 Seventh Avenue at 53rd Street, New York City. This year’s summit, “We Are One World: Bringing Everyone to the Table” focuses on access to capital, industry, and technology for American families and businesses facing economic disparities. This year’s honorary chair is Terry J. Lundgren, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Macy’s Inc.

Reverend Jessie L. Jackson Sr., one of the nation’s most influential civil rights activists and religious leaders, created the Wall Street Project to spur access to capital, industry and technology for minority businesses and communities. Each year the Wall Street Economic Summit brings together many of the nation’s foremost commerce, business-minded, and entrepreneurial agents to discuss the economic, social justice, community interests, concerns unique to men, women and children of African American, Hispanic and diverse cultures.

“Middle-Class America is vanishing,” says Rev. Jackson, founder and president of the Rainbow PUSH Coalition and organizer of the Wall Street Project. “In order to maintain its existence, we need to expeditiously reinvigorate our economic equality. There is no time to waste, we are at risk. American households and small businesses are threatened to make ends meet. Now, is the time if we want to start reshaping our families, businesses, and economy,” adds Rev. Jackson. “Immediate action and participation will create a solid foundation for the nation’s economic security. This year, we are expanding the opportunity for access to capital, industry, and technology. Celebrating our 15th anniversary, the summit will continue to provide participants with information and resources needed to restore confidence and financial stability going forward.”

Highlights of the three-day summit will include:

Wall Street Project Career Development, Retraining, and Retooling Panel and Breakout Sessions: Highlights of empowering tools, resources and insights on the new dynamics of how Americans are going to work in the future.

Small Business Institute: The Small Business Association and leading business leaders outlines how to maintain your business in this economy.

Youth Summit: Wells Fargo sponsors an interactive panel to help students understand the financial basics and smart money management. As well as a Macy’s sponsors a panel on key strategic business areas to discuss the business behind the business of retail.

Minister’s Roundtable: Discussion on home and church foreclosures, jobs, prison population, and student debt – what are the solutions?

Legislator Talk: Notable legislators discuss how their respective states are dealing with the current fragile economy and share insights on promising solutions for the vast economic disparities.

The Rainbow PUSH Coalition is a progressive organization protecting, defending and expanding civil rights to improve economic and educational opportunity.

Sponsors include: Allstate, Ariel, American Express, AT&T, Bank of America, Bartech Group, Boeing, Blaylock, the Caraway Group, Inc., Center for Responsible Lending, Cabrera Capital Markets, LLC, Clear Channel, Citi, General Motors, Goldman Sachs, Loop Capital, Kodak, McDonald’s USA, PepsiCo, Morgan Stanley, UPS, The Home Depot, Macy’s, Mercedes-Benz, MR Beal & Company, Rice Financial Products Company, State Street, UPS, Verizon.

To register, visit: www.rainbowpush.org or call (646) 599-9216.

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