CNBC Announces Speaker Lineup for “Equity and Opportunity: Securing an Economic Future for All” on April 4

March 14, 2023

Key speakers include TIAA President and CEO Thasunda Brown Duckett and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach Rick Wade

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J., March 14, 2023 – CNBC, First in Business Worldwide, today announced the speaker lineup for the Equity and Opportunity: Securing an Economic Future for All event, taking place online on April 4 at 3pm ET.

The disparity in opportunities for working Americans continues to break along racial and ethnic lines. While some progress has been made, more work is needed to close the gaps, not just as a moral imperative, but an economic one as well.

In its fourth annual summit, CNBC’s Equity and Opportunity will convene corporate and business leaders to discuss the steps we need to take to create a more sustainable economic future for all – from providing more equitable health care to closing the racial retirement gap to creating a pipeline to the C-suite.

CNBC anchors and reporters will moderate panel discussions and content from the program will be featured on CNBC’s Business Day programming and CNBC Digital.

Speakers for the latest installment of Equity and Opportunity include:

·    Esther Aguilera, Latino Corporate Directors Association President and CEO

·    Linda Akutagawa, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics President and CEO

·    Thasunda Brown Duckett, TIAA President and CEO

·    Quita Highsmith, Genentech Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer

·    Michael Hyter, The Executive Leadership Council President and CEO

·    Rick Wade, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Senior Vice President of Strategic Alliances and Outreach

·    Cid Wilson, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility President and CEO

Equity and Opportunity: Securing an Economic Future for All is sponsored by Society for Human Resource Management.

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