A Conversation with Person of the Year Tawanna Black

A Conversation with Person of the Year Tawanna Black

The founder and CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion offers advice on creating equitable opportunities and work culture.

“The Twin Cities won’t solve these culture issues fast. So if we want to be the best region in the country, we need to have both an urgency about action and a patience about relationship building,” said Tawanna Black, founder and CEO of the Center for Economic Inclusion. On December 6, Twin Cities Business hosted an event at the Metropolitan Ballroom to celebrate Black as the 2021 Person of the Year, and reveal the TCB 100 People to Know in 2022.

Tawanna is a leader whom the editors of Twin Cities Business have turned to many times for perspective and guidance,” said TCB editor-in-chief Allison Kaplan. “In the past year, her Center for Economic Inclusion has worked with dozens of Minnesota companies and nonprofits and is now fielding calls from organizations across the country for its assessment tools and advice on achieving and sustaining inclusive growth,” 

In a conversation with Kaplan, Black discussed talent recruitment and retention, work culture, and reaching a point where “we aren’t celebrating firsts.”

Watch the interview here: