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Diversity in the Boardroom. Tisa Forrest, Johns Hopkins University, Impact Investing Analyst

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On June 20 the House Financial Services Committee held a hearing on diversity in America’s boardrooms.

The witness list consisted of Ms. Chelsa Gurkin, Acting Director of the Education, Workforce and Income Security team of the U.S. Government Accountability Office, Mr. Luke Visconti, Founder and Chairman of DiversityInc, Mr. Ron Lumbra, Managing Partner of Heidrick and Struggles, Ms. Linda Akutagawa, Chair of the Alliance for Board Diversity, the Former Ambassador to Argentina, Vilma Martinez, and Dr. Stephanie Creary, an Assistant Professor of Management at the Wharton School of Business of the University of Pennsylvania.

The hearing examined options for diversifying the gender, racial and ethnic composition of corporate and federal boards. Each witness presented testimony on how to address the issue of diversity on corporate boards and identify the conditions that lead to meaningful diversity so that more companies can follow the lead of firms that have been successful.

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The Economic and Social Cost of Racism

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At a February 27, 2019 Financial Services Committee hearing on Monetary Policy, Rep. Al Green (TX) asked the following question of the hearing's only witness - Chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (the Fed), Jerome Powell:
"I want you to do a study on the impact discrimination has on the economy." ( See video at https://www.c-span.org/video/?458249-2/federal-reserve-chair-powell-testifies-day-capitol-hill&start=2499#)

We attended the hearing (https://twisri.blogspot.com/2019/03/monetary-policy-and-state-of-economy.html), and were delighted to hear the question, which, in light of events in New Zealand,  takes on new significance. Clearly, the economic and social cost of discrimination is growing worldwide, inspired by events in the US. This adds instability to the culture and, eventually, the  marketplace. This makes getting an accurate answer to Mr. Green's question critical.
It is unclear that Federal Reserve economists can accurat…

Monetary Policy and the State of the Economy

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