On Friday, February 3, the White House Business Council, the White House Council on Women and Girls, the U.S. Small Business Administration, and Barnard College’s Athena Center for Leadership Studies hosted an Urban Economic Forum on campus to discuss the Administration’s commitment to supporting policies that create private-sector jobs and support the next generation of entrepreneurs who will not only strengthen our economy but compete globally.

Featured speakers included White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, Chief of Staff for First Lady Michelle Obama Tina Tchen, CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo, Gilt Group Chairman Susan Lyne, and Huffington Post President and Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington, among many others.

The Urban Economic Forum at Barnard College is the first of a multi-city series designed to connect urban entrepreneurs and business owners to the local and national resources and networks they need to grow and hire, and to discuss ways to enhance their success.  In addition to New York City, the Urban Economic Forums will be held in Birmingham, Columbus, Detroit, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Phoenix. 

Read more about the Urban Economic Forum from Forbes, BET.com, The Columbia Spectator and Politics on Point. See tweets from the event, as well as a video clip from Valerie Jarrett's conversation with Maria Bartiromo. Check back soon for video coverage.