Employment Table

The Employment Table’s mission is “to engage businesses, employers, and the community to increase racial equity in the Duluth workforce.” This action table was launched on April 30, 2014 with “Breaking Ice,” a fast paced theatrical performance that exposes difficult issues related to diversity and how people relate to each other in the workplace.

Our membership consists of local employers; community leaders and non-profit organizations that are dedicated to increase racial equity within the capacity of employment.  We meet every other Thursday morning for conversation; planning; and sharing prospects towards our mission.

The Employment Table’s current focus is to assure that any desiring equity within employment may receive it by our “job seeker advocacy” movement. There are a number of obstacles to obtaining the vision, such as: cultural suppression; workforce biases; lack of professional growth opportunities in one’s company; workplace environment concerns; acceptance of cultural norms and much more.

August 27th 2015, The Employment Table hosted an assembly titled “JOB Solutions”. This unique and powerful opportunity motivated employers, business leaders and job seekers to discuss the realities and cause of our employment gaps and local disparities. “JOB Solutions” had such a positive outcomes; many human resources/employers are eagerly anticipating our second assembly (TBA). A simple conversation can empower change.

The Employment Table additionally remains a source for local employment opportunities. We’ve established a successful collaboration with employment resources such as Soar Career Duluth; Community Action Duluth; Duluth Workforce Center – to name a few. Please view our resource tab to discover links to employment support.

Minnesota unemployment rates by race or ethnicity as of September 2015:

  • Black or African American, 16.1 percent, compared to 10.2 percent 12 months ago
  • Hispanic or Latino, 2.5 percent, compared to 8.2 percent 12 months ago
  • White, 2.8 percent, compared to 3.8 percent 12 months ago
  • All workers statewide, 3.8 percent, compared to 4.3 percent 12 months ago


Questions or Comments: Please contact Employment Table

Representative at large: Bob Grytdahl 218-730-5630

Chair: Renee Van Nett or Chrystal Gardner at theemploymenttable@gmail.com