Also known as Emancipation Day or Freedom Day, Juneteenth commemorates June 19, 1865, when Union General Gordon Granger arrived with federal troops in Galveston to announce that the Civil War had ended and all enslaved Black people in Texas were free.

In the ongoing fight for Black justice in America, Juneteenth symbolizes liberation — and how far we still have to go. In 2021, Juneteenth was officially recognized as a national holiday to promote awareness and education about the history of slavery and its ongoing impact on Black Americans.

Elizabeth Ruffin, global DEIB consultant and trainer (aka the “Everyday Inclusionist”) at PowerToFly, will join us to unpack the cultural implications of Juneteenth, its historical relevance, and what must be done to achieve true equity.

During this live Q&A, we’ll examine:

  • The origins of Juneteenth and how it’s celebrated
  • How businesses and individuals can support their Black employees/colleagues
  • Resources to reflect — and take action — throughout the year

Meet The Speaker

Beth Ruffin
Beth Ruffin
Global DEIB Consultant and Trainer, PowerToFly

Based in South Carolina, Beth has over 20+ years of experience in Corporate America, focused mostly on account management within the Financial Services industry.

Her expertise is helping organizational leaders build work environments where everyone feels like they belong.

Beth's superpower is creating safe spaces that make it easier to discuss difficult topics.

More Topics You Might Like