FIRED UP—Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable founder Tim Stevens revs up the crowd at the Fourth Annual CEIR event at the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom, June 20. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

FIRED UP—Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable founder Tim Stevens revs up the crowd at the Fourth Annual CEIR event at the Duquesne University Power Center Ballroom, June 20. (Photos by J.L. Martello)

Unlike past years, the fourth annual Corporate Equity and Inclusion Roundtable did not focus solely on getting more African Americans into the “C-suite” upper echelons of Pittsburgh’s corporate community, but also on expanding corporate supply chains to include Black-owned service and manufacturing firms.

It even went further to include not just expanding the recruiting, hiring, developing, promoting and retention of more African Americans, but also looked at creating entrepreneurial opportunities for individuals to write their own ticket.

To that end, the panel discussions included not only corporate leaders like Rahmon Hart, who is transforming the diversity signature at the Rivers Casino, and Steve Massaro, who created an in-house construction training program for Blacks, but also entrepreneurs like Dan Bull, who is creating opportunities for ex-offenders in a number of fields, and Greg Spencer, who knows both sides, as a former energy executive and now the owner of a chemical manufacturing firm.

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