Leading on Opportunity Presents On The Table CLT 2019

— Join Us for On the Table CLT 2019 with the Theme "Finding Home: Where Do I Belong?"

Leading on Opportunity today announced being selected to present the third-annual On the Table CLT, a community-wide civic engagement initiative that convenes thousands of Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents in conversations on important community issues. The initiative, generously supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will bring Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents together for a day-long event on Wednesday, October 23, 2019, to discuss ways to make our community more connected, dynamic, and opportunity-rich.

The event consists of mealtime dialogues on pressing issues that are hosted in workplaces, libraries, homes, and other community locations. Now in its third year, On The Table CLT enables Charlotte-Mecklenburg residents from all backgrounds to connect more intentionally through in-depth discussions that help make our community stronger. This year, participants are encouraged to have conversations focused around strategies in the Leading on Opportunity Task Force Report.

“We are very excited to be selected to present and facilitate this year’s On the Table CLT,” said Leading on Opportunity Executive Director Stephanie Cooper-Lewter. “On The Table CLT brings our opportunity movement directly to our diverse community listening to diverse perspectives and using it to inform systems change that increases opportunity for all. We are thrilled to present the importance of home and belonging, focused breaking down segregation's barriers and expanding social capital,” Cooper-Lewter also said. This year's theme was unveiled first to Leading on Opportunity's Community Impact Alliance members, known as Opportunity Ambassador's, who were trained as On the Table CLT hosts on August 27, 2019.

Leading on Opportunity’s On the Table conversations are part of a national initiative funded by Knight Foundation. On the Table replicates an annual civic engagement initiative of the same name developed by The Chicago Community Trust in 2014. Support for On the Table advances Knight’s work to help cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunity and create a culture of civic engagement.

“Knight Foundation believes that successful communities are equitable, inclusive and participatory. On the Table CLT puts this belief into action,” said Charles Thomas, Knight Foundation program director in Charlotte. “We are excited to partner with Leading on Opportunity to bring this important event to life for the third year. On the Table CLT continues to provide a simple and accessible opportunity for citizens to engage in discussions and action that propels Charlotte forward.”

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