Life Lessons: Tonya Jameson

From party life to party lines, the longtime Observer reporter and political consultant looks for opportunities to bring Charlotte’s diverse residents together. Read More about Leading on Opportunity’s very own Tonya Jameson:

A New Economic Mobility Tool for Change

Leading on Opportunity — an FFTC initiative focused on increasing pathways to opportunity for all — recently announced the Opportunity Compass, a new tool to help measure Charlotte’s collective progress on economic mobility that was developed in partnership with community leaders. The launch of this new visualization is a major step forward in the effort to […]

New tool helps Charlotte measure progress on economic mobility

Charlotte has a new way to examine itself and its efforts to improve economic mobility called the Opportunity Compass. It attempts to measure whether the community is making progress on its pledge to improve the odds that children born in poverty will make it out. The tool devised by Leading On Opportunity aims to help nonprofits, philanthropists and […]

Charlotte launches tool to measure economic mobility

Leading on Opportunity debuted the Opportunity Compass, which was developed in collaboration with community leaders to determine ways to improve economic and social capital in the region. A 2014 national study ranked Charlotte last among the 50 largest U.S. cities in economic mobility. “The Land of Opportunity study was a nationwide wakeup call that achieving […]

Charlotte’s economic mobility was the nation’s worst. A new tool measures progress.

Leading on Opportunity has launched its new Opportunity Compass, a tool aimed at measuring Charlotte’s progress on economic mobility. The Charlotte-based organization was created in 2017 to address key determinants of economic mobility after a national study done by a Harvard University economist ranked the city last in economic mobility in 2014. Read More:

EQUALibrium: A public conversation on race and equity in Charlotte

In this special conversation, host Mary C. Curtis is joined by local leaders and experts at Project 658 in Charlotte to look at how far the city has come, and what still needs to happen to improve upward mobility in Charlotte. Read more:

The Opportunity Task Force is making progress on economic mobility in Charlotte.

A Feb. 10 Observer editorial mentioned that the Opportunity Task Force ”hasn’t generated the changes it promised” surrounding economic mobility. This greatly discounts the many ways our community has embraced and carried out the recommendations of the Opportunity Task Force report, which was — and still is — a catalyst and road map to improve […]

Too few people in Charlotte interact across class lines. That hurts everyone.

My experience at University of Michigan reminded me that having social capital is part of how I got my first job out of college at Deloitte, and it’s part of my story in applying to Harvard for graduate school. Throughout my journey, I have spent time with Black and white people, whose worlds were bigger […]