Tuesday, September 19, 2023 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

Chicago at a Crossroads: Bridging the Digital Divide

In the bustling metropolis of Chicago, a growing digital divide represents a pressing challenge that cannot be ignored. In an era when technology permeates every aspect of life, digital proficiency and internet access have become an essential foundation for personal and professional growth. Yet, even today access to this critical resource is not evenly distributed, hindering many marginalized communities from full participation in the digital economy. The consequences of this digital divide reach far beyond individual households; they resonate across the entire Chicagoland economy, impacting businesses and the city as a whole.

Chicago’s businesses depend on a skilled workforce that can navigate the complexities of the digital landscape. Bridging the digital divide ensures that a larger pool of talent can access the resources and education required to develop essential digital skills. By empowering individuals with digital literacy, businesses can tap into a more diverse and competent workforce, driving innovation, productivity, and competitiveness in the global market.

In this next installment of the Chicago at a Crossroads series presented by Old National Bank, Comcast’s Broderick Johnson, National Skills Coalition’s Rachel Unruh, Chicago Public Library’s Christopher Brown, and YMCA Chicago’s Dorri McWhorter will dive into the nuances of Chicago’s digital divide and explore innovative solutions and policy recommendations that will push our communities towards a more equitable and digitalized future.

Chicago at a Crossroads presented by Old National Bank is a dynamic executive forum that features insights about major policy decisions and topics that are of the utmost importance for a strong and equitable Chicago economy. Join the Chamber as we explore some of most pressing issues facing our city and offer actionable policy recommendations to grow the economy and improve the quality of life for every member of the Chicagoland community.

Broderick Johnson

Executive Vice President, Public Policy & Executive Vice President, Digital Equity | Comcast

Rachel Unruh

Chief of External Affairs | The National Skills Coalition

Christopher Brown

Library Commissioner | Chicago Public Library


Dorri McWhorter

President and CEO | YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Presenting Sponsor

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Union League Club of Chicago
65 W Jackson Blvd,
Chicago, IL, 60604