Cathy Ross, president and co-founder of, joined a Mastercard Panel Discussion: In Solidarity – Work and Wealth in Black America 

NEW YORK, June 9, 2021Cathy Ross, president and co-founder of, sat down with MasterCard and Blavity, Inc. in a panel to discuss resources and skills needed by young black entrepreneurs called In Solidarity — Work and Wealth in Black America. In doing so, Ross joins the fight with MasterCard’s commitment to help close racial and ethnic disparities and create a catalyst for economic growth in Black communities. Across the country, black entrepreneurs are struggling to gain access to capital, bank loans, and business resources. Closing our racial wealth gap and address long-term inequities becomes vital.

In this panel, Blavity has teamed up with MasterCard and friends to support its In Solidarity commitment to combat systemic barriers to equitable growth and opportunity. This virtual event features local industry and community leaders in a discussion on how to bring change to the city.

Through a series of panel discussions, speakers, Cathy Ross included, identify concerns that contribute to the wealth and opportunity gap issues, as well as resources to combat systemic barriers to equitable growth and opportunity.

Among the other speakers featured are U.S. Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Wole Coaxum, Founder and CEO of Mobility Capital Finance, Regina Gwen, Co-Founder of Black Women Talk Tech, and David Clunie, Executive Director of Black Economic Alliance.

Together, we stand against racism and remain committed to creating equal opportunities within local communities across America.

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About Blavity, Inc. 

Blavity, Inc. is a venture-funded technology and news media company, founded in 2014 around a simple idea: enable black millennials to tell their own stories. Today, we are home to the largest network of platforms and lifestyle brands serving the multifaceted lives of Black millennials & gen-z through original content, video, and unique experiences. The company has grown into a market leader for Black media, reaching over 80 million millennials per month through our growing brand portfolio which includes: Blavity News, 21Ninety, AfroTech, Travel Noire, and Shadow & Act. Assembled with passionate, high-energy, and focused rock-stars, our Blavity, Inc. Team executes with our values at the forefront of mind: Love of Community, Transparency and Communication, Collective Responsibility, and Fail Fast. Blavity, Inc. is continuously looking for new team members to help us continue to scale, cultivate our community, and advance our strategic direction.

About is a cloud-based fraud detection system, combining data from different sources into one view is the key to combating fraud. is more than a product, solution, or set of fraud-prevention technologies. It’s a global, anti-fraud network based on collective intelligence. helps clients detect and prevent fraud for all transactions using all their data, and anonymized data from the network to evaluate financial risk.