Interise Presents SolveIt 2024: Featuring Exclusive Discussion with Taraji P. Henson

Interise is proud to announce SolveIt 2024: Creating an Inclusive Economy, taking place from May 5-7, 2024, at the DuSable Museum in Chicago, IL. Academy Award nominated, Emmy nominated, and Golden Globe-winning actor, filmmaker, and activist Taraji P. Henson will join to discuss her experiences breaking down barriers both as an actor and as the founder of her own production company, TPH Entertainment.

SolveIt 2024 is a pivotal event aimed at tackling the challenges and seizing the opportunities inherent in today’s economic landscape. With trillions of dollars of federal and state expenditures, historical economic obstacles, and emerging exclusionary business practices, the need for an inclusive economy has never been more pressing.

“SolveIt 2024 is a call to action for all those committed to building an economy that works for everyone,” said Darrell Byers, CEO at Interise. “We invite Interise alumni, public and private thought leaders, and business professionals dedicated to equity to join us in shaping the future of economic opportunity.”

Over three engaging days, participants will engage in panel discussions, breakout sessions, museum tours, and networking events, all centered around the mission of closing the racial wealth gap and building a more equitable economy.

The event will kick off with the Interise 20th Anniversary Networking Celebration, offering attendees the opportunity to connect, collaborate, and celebrate key milestones in Interise’s two-decade history.

One of the event’s highlights is the Pitch for Strategic Growth Competition, where five Interise alumni will pitch their growth plans to a panel of small business experts in a live competition for $20,000, showcasing their efforts to scale their enterprises and close the racial wealth gap within their communities.

Bakari Sellers, a two-time New York Times best-selling author, CNN analyst, and entrepreneur, will address the systemic changes necessary to create an inclusive economy in his keynote speech. Additional highlights include SolveIt Talks, curated workshops, and panel sessions featuring distinguished speakers such as Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum, Nathaniel Smith, and Isaac Addae.

SolveIt 2024 is a must-attend event for alumni business owners seeking to level up their Interise journey, corporate leaders interested in establishing authentic business relationships with minority entrepreneurs, and government officials and urban planning professionals dedicated to advancing economic equity.

For more information and to register for SolveIt 2024, visit