The Alliance/Chamber SWLA is set to host an open forum on issues African-Americans face regarding criminal justice and employment. This event will include moderated discussions on the topic by various SWLA businesses and leaders in the community on August 5 from 10:00am until 11:00am via Zoom.

Session one: Criminal Justice (10:00am)
Moderated by Alliance/Chamber SWLA Vice President of Policy and Strategic Development Eric Cormier

Guest Speakers
• Louisiana State Representative Wilford Carter
• Todd Clemons, Attorney

Session two: Employment (10:30am)
Moderated by Alliance/Chamber SWLA Business Development and Inclusion member Thomas Clemons (owner of PrideStaff).

Guest Speakers
• Calcasieu Parish Police Jury Workforce Investment Board Director Stephanie Seemion
• SOWELA Technical Community College Dean for the School of Transportation and Applied Technology Dr. William Mayo
• McNeese State University Career Counselor and Coordinator Paul Rainey

This event is in conjunction with U.S. Chamber’s Equality in Opportunity Initiative. The initiative is working to bridge opportunity gaps of equal opportunity for Black Americans and people of color to achieve success. Contact Eric Cormier for more info at 337-433-3632 or

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