Earlier this year, we held the first in a series of stakeholder roundtables, bringing together leaders whose mission it is to diversify entrepreneurship and enhance financial security. In the virtual gathering, we explored how we can activate meaningful and lasting change to advance inclusive growth and prosperity, particularly for women of color.
The discussion, held under Chatham House Rules, underscored the immediate need to address the systemic inequities that limit disposable income and access to the capital markets. Participants agreed that support for minority entrepreneurs through funding, mentoring and resources must continue to be a key area of focus in reducing the racial wealth gap.
Going forward, Nasdaq’s stakeholder roundtables will invite important voices to stimulate new ideas and fresh thinking. Our next roundtable will build upon this first discussion, focusing on the cultural and socioeconomic behaviors limiting participation in the markets, particularly the difference in participation between the generations.