Jeffery Wallace, President & CEO of LeadersUp, held a lunch convening of business and civic leaders to discuss the unemployment crisis in South Los Angeles at the L.A. Sentinel. LeadersUp has made it a top priority to hire Black. The nonprofit annually engages about 9,000 individuals, trains an average 4,500 and connects 2,250 to employment with 100+ employer partners and a network of 36 community/systems. Danny Bakewell Sr.’s partnership with LeadersUp and Wallace is sharpened by the idea that creating opportunities for job placement, wealth creation, and career pathways is vital for the health of our community. Participating companies included Learn4Life; Chase Bank; Bank of America; LA Metro; LADWP; LADOT; LAWA; GLAAACC; the Lucas Museum; and the office of Congresswoman Karen Bass. Representatives from each company provided insights on what employers can do to help alleviate the crisis.