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Thursday, July 3 kicks off the 20th anniversary of the annual Essence Festival in New Orleans – and we will continue our focus on jobs there with the Essence Festival Career Connections powered by the National Urban League.

By Marc Morial

President & CEO, National Urban League

For more than 100 years, the National Urban League has been a leading resource for diverse professionals and job seekers. As part of our Jobs Rebuild America efforts – in addition to providing college preparation, skills training, a jobs network, entrepreneurship support, small business financing and other resources – we continue to connect top talent with companies who incorporate diversity and inclusion into their recruitment, hiring, and retention practices.

Last year at this time, we announced a $1.5 million Jobs Rebuild America grant to the Urban League of Greater New Orleans to help support programs targeting youth, entrepreneurs, and post-secondary education and training for work/adult re-entry programs. This year, the National Urban League, in partnership with leading healthcare services provider Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), is proud to return to the city and the Festival to run Career Connections at the Essence Festival Empower U Zone. As a leading provider of healthcare services and an employer of more than 200,000 people, HCA is the lead recruiter at the Career Connections powered by the National Urban League and joins us in our efforts to support job creation and career advancement in the city and for all attendees.

Career Connections, where attendees can meet industry leaders, network with entrepreneurs, get career advancement tips and attend recruitment sessions with some of the nation’s top companies, will take place July 4-6 from 10:00am – 6:00pm CT at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.  I invite you to join us for the party – and most importantly, the purpose!

Wishing you and yours a Happy and Safe Fourth of July!

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