November 6 - 7, 2019 • Koury Auditorium, Chapel Hill, NC

Closing the Wealth Gap

The most important economic challenge of our time is the large, and growing, wealth gap. Increasing income disparities and declining opportunities have diminished America's middle class. Join us on November 6-7 at UNC Chapel Hill for the Closing the Wealth Gap conference.

This event is the culmination of a 3-part series in which thought leaders present to local elected officials, academic researchers, students, and community members on the ever-increasing wealth gap of the United States, and its ramifications for U.S. prosperity.  The conference will cover a range of topics, including consequences of wealth inequities in America, the role of investors and financial institutions in closing the wealth gap, practices of other countries where these disparities are lower, and solutions to addressing this issue. This conference is an interdisciplinary forum hosted by CREATE, an economic development research center at UNC Chapel Hill’s Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, and the Institute for Innovation at the UNC School of Law, and organized, in part, by graduate students from the UNC School of Law, the Gillings School of Global Public Health, the UNC School of Social Work, and the Kenan-Flagler Business School.


The conference takes place over two days - November 6, from 12:30pm to 5pm and November 7, from 8:00am to 2pm.


See a list of all confirmed speakers and moderators.


All events will be in Koury Auditorium at the UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School in Chapel Hill, NC.



We seek to create shared economic prosperity through a unique combination of on-the-ground applied interventions, rigorous research, data analytics, and targeted policy development.


Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise

Fundamental to our belief in a free society is an economic system described as “free enterprise” which is dependent upon individual initiative. This encompasses social and ethical standards derived from this system and embodied in a democratic society.

The Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise fosters mutual understanding and appreciation between members of the private enterprise sector, the academic community, and their government, and to encourage cooperative efforts among these groups.

The Kenan Institute serves these communities as a national center for scholarly research, joint exploration of issues, and course development all associated with the principal theme of preservation, encouragement, and understanding of private enterprise.

A Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise Event