Mobilizing Equity: Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle

Dr. Rolle shared her exceptional wisdom and leadership in this discussion of mobilizing equity for Black women business owners.

Moderator: Anita Russell, Principal at The Place to SOAR

Where in the world are Black economists? Turns out that Black women economists are here, in quiet places unseen. Dr. Jo-Ann Rolle is a rare gem indeed as one of very few Black economists, and even fewer Black women economists in the United States. 

As the Dean of the School of Business at Medgar Evers College, she brings extensive executive leadership experience in higher education, corporate and federal government operations. In 2015 she was awarded recognition by the Network Journal as one of the 25 influential African American women in Business. 

Dr. Rolle shares her exceptional wisdom and leadership in this discussion of mobilizing equity for Black women business owners. Topics include developing and leveraging strategic partnerships, small business development, and disadvantaged business development in spite of the pandemic.

Key Topics Covered
  • Equity. How is it defined and measured? What does it mean for black businesses and the black community?
  • Strategies. What strategies can be used to increase diverse strategic resources, networks and partnerships to empower and improve success?
  • Growth & Development. Hope to increase collaboration and collective cooperation too leverage growth and development post-COVID-19
  • Mobilizing Equity. Why empower and improve equity in the future though unity, accountability, and mobilizing black owned businesses?
Call to Action
  • Explore global approaches to expand our knowledge base through community-based continuous learning, raising our voices and avoiding “business as usual” approaches.
  • Invest in lived experiences that build generational wealth through (serial) entrepreneurship, family businesses, and sustainability beyond a single point in time.
  • Seek opportunities beyond your comfort zone – networking and collaboration; leverage creativity and capacity building; engage in the mentoring process (as a mentor or mentee); and consider global markets.