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Atlanta’s Jay Bailey At This Year’s DIVERSIFY Summit In Chattanooga

Jay Bailey, President and CEO of the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs in Atlanta.
Jay Bailey, President and CEO of the Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs in Atlanta.

In Atlanta, the H.J. Russell Innovation Center for Entrepreneurs - or RICE - develops, grows and scales Black entrepreneurs.

Jay Bailey, the nonprofit’s president and CEO, is next week’s keynote speaker here in Chattanooga for the annual DIVERSIFY Summit, presented by the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce with sponsor BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee.

The half-day summit is Wednesday, June 12th - starting at 11:30 AM - at the Chattanooga Convention Center.

I spoke with Jay Bailey - and Lorne Steedley, vice president of diversity and inclusive growth at the Chamber.

Ray is the host and producer of Scenic Roots, Mondays - Thursdays at 3 PM on WUTC.
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