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June 17-18

FedEx Institute of Technology

365 Fogelman Drive

Memphis, TN 38152

Building the City of Inclusion.

Across Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas we have worked to assemble partnerships to create place-based solutions that create economic growth.

For two days, we will bring together nonprofit organizations, higher education institutions, government entities, industry, and other stakeholders to do the work of building teams to break the cycle.

We will celebrate the good work done, share stories of our communities, and build partnerships to transform the region. We will work together to pursue funding.


Keynote Speaker

Mehrsa Baradaran

Mehrsa Baradaran is a Professor of Law at the University of California, Irvine and Northwestern University, Chicago. She writes about banking law, financial inclusion, and racial inequality, and is the author of “How the Other Half Banks”, “The Color of Money”, and “The Quiet Coup” (forthcoming). The Color of Money has received multiple awards, including the 2019 Best Book Award by the Urban Affairs Association.


Baradaran and her books have received significant media coverage. She has advised U.S. Senators and Congressmen on policy, served on two Presidential Transition Teams, testified before the U.S. Congress, and spoken at forums like the U.S. Treasury and the World Bank.

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Conference Panels

Building the City of Inclusion: Perspectives of DRIVE Program Mayors

June 17 | 1:00 PM-1:50 PM

Join us for a lunchtime panel discussing constructive dialogue between local leaders and citizens to promote economic empowerment, social inclusion, and civic engagement. Delve into implementing fair, just solutions addressing systemic barriers while fostering collaboration and innovation for resilient communities. Let's commit to policies prioritizing marginalized populations and creating a more inclusive society. 


Telley MadinaCEO at The Madina Group  



Tomeka Butler, Mayor of Eudora, AR  


Andy DulaneyMayor of Tunica, MS 


Christopher FranklinMayor of Helena, AR  


William RawlsMayor of Brownsville, TN  


We extend our deepest gratitude to our esteemed sponsors whose support has made this event possible. Their commitment to fostering growth and collaboration within the delta community is truly commendable. Learn how you can contribute »

Modern, All-Suite Hotel Block.

The Holiday Inn Memphis-Univ of Memphis hotel is centrally located about 15 minutes from the Memphis International Airport and a three-minute walk from the conference venue. 

The hotel is directly across the street from the University of Memphis main campus, where it is easy to take a stroll through the picturesque grounds. It is also within walking distance of The Links at Galloway Golf Course and Audubon Park. 

The conference has reserved a block in the hotel for your convenience. Use the link below to book.


Event Details

Date & Time

Day 1: June 17

11 AM - 6 PM

Day 2: June 18

9 AM - 12 PM


FedEx Institute of Technology
The University of Memphis
365 Fogelman Drive
Memphis, TN 38152-3115


Registration is free and the event is open to the public.


Shnesa Wiggins 

Partnership Coordinator 


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