TOGETHER, WE CAN ADVANCE THE COMMON GOOD
Sampson, Motsenbocker and McKinney each emphasized the importance of our community members coming together, united, to ensure all North Texans, regardless of race or ZIP code, have the opportunity and access to reach their full potential.
As a community, we can work toward the Aspire United 2030 goals, a set of 10-year goals to drive transformative change and advance racial equity in the areas of education, income and health in North Texas.
We must come together as a community to work toward these goals, because as Sampson stressed, 2030 will be here before we know it. “When you think about it, the babies of 2020 will be the third graders of 2030. And we want every one of them to be living in a racially equitable community where they are reading proficiently and the only thing they are hungry for is more learning,” she said. “The third graders of today are going to be the high school graduates of 2030. And we want every one of them to be living in a racially equitable society, ready for success in the next stage of their lives and prepared to take on the world in college or a career with a living-wage job. The high school seniors of today are going to be a significant part of the workforce in 2030—and the parents of the next generation of young children. And we want all of them to be living in a racially equitable society with resources to invest in their family’s financial independence and economic mobility.”
Motsenbocker pointed out that the financial services industry in North Texas is clearly an important sector in our community. “I think we have a ripe opportunity,” she said. “My call to action is, first and foremost, do what you can do to get personally engaged. It may mean sign on to the Aspire United 2030 goals, giving money or doing both. But do what you can do. Encourage your company to get involved in meaningful ways that really drive change.”
McKinney agreed, calling on attendees to cast a wide net to connect critical resources to the community where they’re needed. “I encourage everyone out there in the financial sector to look at how our giving is uniquely aligned to support education, income and health—because if we don’t have a community that is healthy, then they certainly can’t be on the path to education and income and jobs,” she said.