Understanding the Opportunity Divide and its Impact on Corporate America

Millions of hard-working Americans lack access to good jobs and career pathways while at the same time, many employers struggle to hire the talent they need to succeed. This is referred to as the “Opportunity Divide.” At a national level, this dynamic is threatening US economic competitiveness. At the local level, many talented individuals are excluded from opportunities to build a long-term career and financial security. In this webinar, experts explored the perceptions, policies, and practices that often exacerbate the Opportunity Divide and begin to explore how your organization can be a driver for change.


  • Ronda Thompson, Chief Diversity Equity & Inclusion Officer, Grads of Life
  • Krysta Sadowski, Director of Advisory Services, Grads of Life


  • Rae Vann, Shareholder, Carlton Fields
  • Ken Jenkins, Business Development at NFP
  • Rebecca Shambaugh, President and CEO, SHAMBAUGH Leadership

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About the Racial and Social Equity Webinar Series

The Greater Washington Board of Trade’s Racial and Social Equity Webinar Series will provide business leaders across the region the knowledge and tools they need to build more diverse, inclusive, and equitable organizations. It will help leaders identify drivers of inequity and injustice and take concrete steps towards being agents of positive change.


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