It was the summer of 2020, and George Floyd had just been murdered by the police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis. The blaring sounds of helicopters, protest chants, and police sirens filled the streets of several American cities. Hundreds of thousands of protesters marched in solidarity to mourn yet another Black life that ended at the hands of law enforcement.

This moment triggered a corporate response. CEOs and business leaders were forced to acknowledge the value of Black life. And in an instant, silence became synonymous with complacency. In the weeks that followed, financial firms and major companies made promises to advance racial justice and diversity. Now they’re being held accountable.

To that end, Insider is proud to announce the launch of The Equity Talk, a biweekly conversation featuring prominent CEOs and executives across a variety of industries on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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