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Robert L. Johnson to Discuss Minority Unemployment Rates; The growing wealth gap and announce the launch of a new business designed to further the economic empowerment for minority job seekers and business owners.

Johnson Will Highlight his "Business Solutions to Socio-Economic Problems"

Bethesda, MD February 01, 2012/- Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman of The RLJ Companies, and founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET), will discuss minority unemployment rates, limited access to capital for minority businesses, and the accelerating wealth gap in the minority community during a National Press Club Newsmakers press event tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, February 1, 2012, at the National Press Building..

Johnson will discuss what he calls “business solutions to social problems” and discuss how corporations can enhance their existing diversity and inclusion practices by urging CEOs to adopt a voluntary version of the National Football League’s Rooney Rule to level the playing field for minorities in corporate America. The NFL's Rooney Rule gives fair interviews to minority candidates whenever a head-coaching or general manager position becomes available prior to making a hiring decision.

Johnson will also announce the launch of his new business designed to assist corporate America with identify minority talent for employment opportunities and minority businesses for vendor/supplier opportunities.

WHO: Robert L. Johnson, founder and chairman, The RLJ Companies
WHAT: National Press Club Newsmakers event
WHEN: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 10:00 a.m. (EST)
WHERE: The National Press Club, Zenger Room, 529 14th St., NW, Washington, D.C.

About The RLJ Companies

The RLJ Companies, founded by Robert L. Johnson, is an innovative business network that provides strategic investments in a diverse portfolio of companies. Within The RLJ Companies portfolio, Johnson owns or holds interests in businesses operating in hotel real estate investment trust; private equity; financial services; asset management; insurance services; automobile dealerships; sports and entertainment; and video lottery terminal (VLT) gaming. The RLJ Companies is headquartered in Bethesda, MD, with affiliate operations in Charlotte, NC; Little Rock, AR; Los Angeles, CA; San Juan, PR; and Monrovia, Liberia. Prior to founding The RLJ Companies, Johnson was founder and chairman of Black Entertainment Television (BET). For more information please visit:www.rljcompanies.com.

Press Contact: | Traci Otey Blunt | Director of Communications | 240.744.7858 | press@rljcompanies.com |

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