The Rev. Jesse Jackson convened the 15th annual Wall Street Project Summit at the Sheraton New York hotel in order for the egregious disparities in the financial, political, banking, sports and media industries receive proper redress. The thousands of conventioneers imbibed on the wisdom and experience of dozens of experts spanning the spectrum of American industries.

A sampling of the attendees, who came to New York from around the nation and across the globe, stole a few minutes with rolling out to share why they came, what they learned and how they were empowered to go back and enact positive change in their hometowns.

— terry shropshire