Diversity Reboot 2021: The One Hundred Day Kickoff

February 01, 2021 11:00 AM EST
February 01, 2021 11:00 AM EST
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2020 handed us an unprecedented number of challenges and opportunities: a global pandemic, massive demonstrations for racial justice, a presidential election… yes, the list goes on.

What is the blueprint we need in 2021 to meet last year’s demands as individuals, leaders and organizations?

The Diversity Reboot 2021 - What’s Next, Summit will combine the world’s most compelling speakers, industry leaders, and talent to share concrete strategies and lessons for us to build workplaces that ought to be and kickstart our 2021 professional resolutions.

Join us for another compelling summit that combines five days of action oriented talks, plus a career fair.

Meet The Speakers

Valerie Jarrett
Valerie Jarrett

Valerie B. Jarrett is a Senior Distinguished Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, and a senior advisor to the Obama Foundation and Attn. She serves as Board Chair of When We All Vote and Co-Chair of The United State of Women. She also serves on the boards of Lyft, Ralph Lauren, Walgreens Boots Alliance, 2U, Ariel Investments, the Innocence Project, Time’s Up, the Economic Club of Chicago and the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts. Her New York Times bestselling memoir, Finding My Voice, was published in 2019 and updated in paperback in 2020.

Esther Choo M.D.,M.P.H.
Esther Choo M.D.,M.P.H.

Esther K. Choo, M.D.,M.P.H., is an emergency physician in Portland, Oregon and an associate professor at Oregon Health & Science University. She cofounded Equity Quotient, a company that conducts assessments of healthcare company culture, and was a founding member of TIME'S UP Healthcare, which advocates for workplace safety and dignity for women. She is a past president of the Academy of Women in Academic Emergency Medicine, and a popular health communicator who writes for NBC Think and Self magazine, has a regular column for The Lancet focused on health disparities and appears as a medical expert on CNN and MSNBC. Choo is the host of the Doctor's Log podcast.

Jane Van Dis M.D.
Jane Van Dis M.D.

Jane van Dis, MD is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist, Co-Founder and CEO of Equity Quotient. She is Medical Director for Ob Hospitalist Group, and Medical Director for MavenClinic. She received her medical degree from the University of South Dakota and trained in Obstetrics & Gynecology at UCLA. A national expert and speaker on gender equity in the physician workplace, she has published on the topic in the NEJM, Slate and Harvard Business Review. She has written for or been quoted in the NYT, TIME, US News, Allure, Bustle, Becker’s, Reader’s Digest, Popular Science and multiple medical publications. She is a single mom to twins, Brooklyn and Miles.

Nekpen Osuan Wilson
Nekpen Osuan Wilson

Nekpen Osuan Wilson is a United Nations Association Global Ambassador for Sustainable Development Goal 5 advocating for women’s rights and gender equality. Nekpen also is Principal at Small Business Wins, a New-York-based strategy firm for female founders, as well as CEO and Co-Founder of WomenWerk, a women’s empowerment non-profit that reaches 5,500 women and girls annually through leadership training and professional development programs since 2014. Her most notable speaking engagements have led her to engagements at The White House, The United States Military Academy at West Point, AdWeek, Essence Festival, The National Urban League, The National Association of Black Journalists, Harvard University, The Wharton Business School, Columbia University and Baylor University.

Jonah Paquette
Jonah Paquette

Jonah Paquette, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, speaker, and author. He is the author of Real Happiness: Proven Paths for Contentment, Peace, and Well-Being (PESI, 2015), a research-based self-help book in which he distills the key findings in the fields of happiness, and offers user-friendly tools to achieve lasting well-being. His second book, The Happiness Toolbox (PESI, 2018), offers readers an array of easy-to-use handouts and exercises designed to enhance happiness in a lasting way. Dr. Paquette is a psychologist and Clinical Training Director for Kaiser Permanente in the San Francisco Bay Area, where he oversees the mental health training programs across four medical centers.

Yael Gutman
Yael Gutman

Yael is Senior Director, Digital Products at ASCAP and a PowerToFly Mentor. She is a curiosity driven problem solver with 10+ years experience creating consumer centric digital experiences. Her specialities include Market research, User research, Consumer Insights, User Experience, Competitive Analysis,Product Management, Change Management, Storytelling, and Team Leadership.

Kryss Shane
Kryss Shane

Named by The New York Times and many national and international platforms as America's go-to Leading LGBT Expert, Kryss Shane, MS, MSW, LSW, LMSW (she/her) has 25+ years of experience guiding the world's top leaders in business, education, and community via individual, small group, and full-staff trainings. She is known for making each organization's specific Diversity and Inclusion needs become more manageable, approachable, and actionable. This includes physical spaces, hiring practices, policies/procedures, and more. She is also the author of "The Educator's Guide to LGBT+ Inclusion," the first book of its kind to guide educators, administrators, and school staff to become able and empowered to make their schools more LGBT+ inclusive.

Chriss Nelson
Chriss Nelson

Chriss Nelson is a long-time LGBTQ activist from Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Their work focuses mainly on the visibility and rights of transgender youth, but they have a wide breadth of knowledge regarding LGBTQ issues. They've given talks on LGBTQ acceptance in the workplace, what it means to be genderfluid, and the importance of pronouns. In 2018, they founded Trans Minors Rights; an organization aimed at helping transgender youth in Pennsylvania to make their own decisions regarding puberty blockers. You can find more about this organization at transminorsrights.org and follow them on social media @TMRexecs.

Sabina Rajasundaram
Sabina Rajasundaram

Sabina Rajasundaram is the founder of Codefy (www.codefy.org), a startup based in Phoenix, AZ. Codefy’s mission is to empower underserved youth to create a workforce for the tech industry because their perspectives, experiences and abilities are valuable. Sabina is an experienced software engineer and has successfully taught workforce development programs as a community college professor. She is passionate about sharing her software development skills and specializes in holistic, personalized training. She is an advocate for underserved youth and brings the perspective of an immigrant and a woman of color. Her desire is to create a world in which diversity of people and thought are valued.

Angelina Nordstrom
Angelina Nordstrom

Angelina is a lyricist, poet, and advocate based in Chicago, Illinois. As a black trans woman who grew up in the south (Memphis, Tennessee) and has indigenous roots with the Choctaw tribe, she brings a unique perspective to her work. Angelina’s written pieces have been published in compilations such as the TransWorks of Chicago House, Infinite Genders: You Can't Read With Us, and Changing The Story. Additionally, Angelina serves as a director on multiple boards across the Chicagoland area.

Devi B. Dillard-Wright
Devi B. Dillard-Wright

Devi B. Dillard-Wright is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of South Carolina, Aiken. Her academic work has appeared in many academic journals and focuses on the philosophy of mind, animal studies, and environmental ethics. Dr. Dillard-Wright converted to Hinduism and began publishing books on meditation, including, The Boundless Life Challenge, A Mindful Day, A Mindful Morning, A Mindful Evening, Meditation for Multitaskers, 5-Minute Mindfulness, and The Everything Guide to Meditation for Healthy Living. She lives in Augusta, Georgia with her partner, Jessica, and her three children, Atticus, Oscar, and Tallulah.

Dr. Naomi Wolf
Dr. Naomi Wolf


Dr. Naomi Wolf received a D Phil Degree in English Literature from the University of Oxford in 2015. Dr. Wolf taught Victorian Studies as a Visiting Professor at SUNY Stony Brook, received a Barnard College Research Fellowship at the Center for Women and Gender, was recipient of a Rothermere American Institute Research Fellowship for her work on John Addington Symonds at the University of Oxford, and taught English Literature at George Washington University as a visiting lecturer. She's lectured widely on the themes in Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalization of Love, presenting lectures on Symonds and the themes in Outrages at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, at Balliol College, Oxford, and to the undergraduates in the English Faculty at the University of Oxford. She lectured about Symonds and Outrages for the first LGBTQ Colloquium at Rhodes House. Dr. Wolf was a Rhodes Scholar and a Yale graduate. She's written eight nonfiction bestsellers, about women's issues and civil liberties, and is the CEO of DailyClout.io, a news site and legislative database in which actual US state and Federal legislation is shared digitally and read and explained weekly. She holds an honorary doctorate from Sweet Briar College. She and her family live in New York City.

Jill Filipovic
Jill Filipovic

Jill Filipovic is a journalist based in Nairobi and New York City, and the author of The H-Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness. A contributing opinion writer for the New York Times and The Guardian, she is also a weekly columnist for Cosmopolitan and CNN. She is also an attorney. Her work on law, politics, gender and foreign affairs has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, VICE, TIME, Al Jazeera America, the Nation, Foreign Policy, Marie Claire, and others. She was an editor at NYU Law’s Journal of Law and Social Change, and a contributor to the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism and the anthology Yes Means Yes: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World Without Rape, named one of the best books of the year by Publisher’s Weekly A winner of a 2014 Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award for her global health reporting and two Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for political commentary, she was also a UN Foundation Fellow in Malawi and Indonesia, and an International Reporting Project fellow in Brazil and India. Follow her on Twitter and Instagram at @jillfilipovic.

Regina Wallace-Jones
Regina Wallace-Jones

Regina currently serves as Senior Vice President at MINDBODY, your source for fitness memberships, workout classes, wellness services, beauty appointments, while also serving as the Mayor for the City of East Palo Alto. Previously, Regina worked as Chief of Staff at both eBay and Facebook. In her free time, Regina manages an investment group, Entrepreneurial Spirit Investments, served as a Regional Field Organizer in President Obama's grassroots campaign, coaches AYSO soccer, and tutors mathematics/science and tap dance.

Sian Morson
Sian Morson

Sian Morson is the ultimate multi-hyphenate; a change-agent, entrepreneur, author, and investor. An accomplished entrepreneur, Sian has founded 3 tech companies and has been at the forefront of technology for the past 15 years. In 2015, Sian was named one of 3 winners of the L’Oreal Women in Digital Award for her app Cast Beauty; the first Black woman to do so. Sian has authored two books, the best-selling Learn Design for iOS with Sketch and Design for iOS Development. She is currently at work on her 3rd book. Her educational background includes graduation from New York University’s Tisch School of the arts with a bachelor’s degree in Film & Television and a master’s degree in Electronic Art from Middlesex University in London. Currently, Sian is the Director of Strategy and Investments at the Starfish Accelerator – the first of its kind accelerator that invests in storytellers of color. In addition to her work at Starfish, Sian is an active angel investor and advisor to startups and founders including Funder.ai, GlowUp Games, and Kanna. Sian is regularly called upon to speak about topics ranging from diversity, to design and investing; and she has been featured globally in publications including the Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Essence, Inc. Magazine and Fast Company.

Candace Mitchell Harris
Candace Mitchell Harris

Candace Mitchell Harris is cofounder and CEO of Techturized Inc., a high tech hair care company based in Atlanta, GA. Their first product, Myavana, is a personalized hair care service that recommends products and services based on scientific analysis of consumer’s hair type and texture. She was recently named on WWD’s Top 50 Beauty Innovators Under 40, 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 list in the category of Retail and E-Commerce, and BET’s Next In Class STEM Award Winner. She graduated from Georgia Tech in 2011 with a B.S. in Computer Science. Her technology background includes undergraduate research in IT security and human computer interaction. Her company has been featured nationally on ‘The Real’ daytime talk show, Marie Claire Magazine, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris Perry show, ESSENCE magazine, Ebony Magazine, Black Enterprise, and Business Insider.

Amelia Roberts
Amelia Roberts

Amelia Roberts is a digital native who officially became a practitioner of online marketing twelve years ago with a role as a virtual assistant. Student loans from nursing school inspired her to put her love of social networking, observing human nature, showing empathy and previous marketing expertise to work in new ways and as a result, she was able to pay off her student loans in under 2 years as a social media manager. Now alongside other roles, you can find Amelia assisting under-recognized leaders to clearly articulate their unique value, "get first dates" in business and become pivotal players in industry-shaping conversations all while maintaining work-life harmony. When she is not optimizing human potential Amelia enjoys planning real and imagined food tours.

Ai-jen Poo
Ai-jen Poo
Ai-jen Poo is the co-founder and Executive Director of the National Domestic Workers Alliance, a non-profit organization working to bring quality work, dignity and fairness to the growing numbers of workers who care and clean in our homes, the majority of whom are immigrants and women of color. Her widely acclaimed book The Age of Dignity: Preparing for the Elder Boom in a Changing America helps Americans make meaning of the need and opportunity in the elder boom -- to improve access to care for all families while ensuring a strong care workforce for the future. Ai-jen Poo is also a leading voice in the women’s movement. In 2019 along with Ceclie Richards and Alicia Garza, Ai-jen co-founded SuperMajority, a new home for women's activism, training and mobilizing a multiracial, intergenerational community who will fight for gender equity together. She has been recognized among Fortune’s 50 World’s Greatest Leaders and Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, and she has been the recipient of countless awards, including a 2014 MacArthur "Genius" Award. Ai-jen served as a member of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sponsored Partnership for Mobility from Poverty, currently serves as a trustee of the Ford Foundation and a member of the Democratic National Committee. She has a BA from Columbia University and honorary doctorates from Smith College, the New School, and the City University of New York.
Korin Reid , Ph.D
Korin Reid , Ph.D

Dr. Korin Reid earned her Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology where she leveraged Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research to determine cost-effective means of producing biofuels from biomass in the southeastern United State. In addition, Dr. Reid has held various Data Science roles in the healthcare space. This includes building massively scalable Machine Learning solutions scaling to billions of records and impacting more than 160 million covered lives and a third of US hospitals. For this effort, Dr. Reid was named to Forbes 2017 “30 Under 30” list in the Science category. Dr. Reid has a wealth of experience leading large Data organizations including Data Science, Data Engineering, and Software Development teams. Dr. Reid currently serves as CEO of Ellison Laboratories, a consulting firm that specializes in leveraging Artificial Intelligence and Operations Research to transform organizations in the healthcare, energy, and education technology verticals.

Erin L. Thomas, Ph.D.
Erin L. Thomas, Ph.D.

Erin L. Thomas, PhD, is head of diversity, inclusion & belonging at Upwork. She brings a distinctive mix of research and practitioner expertise to this role, which includes leading diversity, inclusion, and belonging (DIBs) strategy, implementation, and coaching. Prior to Upwork, Erin was a managing director at Paradigm, a diversity and inclusion strategy firm, where she partnered with companies to embed DIBs into their organizations through culture transformation and people development. Prior to Paradigm, Erin held positions at Grant Thornton LLP and Argonne National Laboratory developing D&I strategies, programming, and metrics. She holds a PhD in social psychology; a Master of Philosophy in social psychology; a Master of Science in social psychology; and Bachelors of Arts in psychology and international studies from Yale University.

Naimeesha Murthy
Naimeesha Murthy

Naimeesha is the Founder at ProductsbyWomen.com – a skill-based platform that helps women identify gaps in their skills and recommends suitable training opportunities, mentorship and best fit jobs to accelerate their career in innovation and tech. Naimeesha also serves as an advisory board member at Pace University, New York and a Forbes council member. She also serves as a mentor at Barclays RISE and advises early to mid-stage start-ups. In addition, Naimeesha is also an angel investor in early stage companies in the Edtech, Wellness, HRtech and Femtech space – she is passionate about backing women led ventures and products that create a social impact.

Shirley Carswell
Shirley Carswell

Shirley M. Carswell is a journalism educator with decades of experience in the news business. She recently became the Executive Director of the Dow Jones News Fund. Since 2015, she has been a lecturer at her alma mater, Howard University, in the Media, Journalism and Film Department. Before returning to Howard, she was deputy managing editor of The Washington Post. She retired from The Post after 25 years, during which time she held several management positions, including assistant managing editor for planning and administration and metro copy chief. Ms. Carswell previously worked at the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the Oakland Press in Pontiac, Michigan, and the Detroit Free Press. She is a graduate of the Dow Jones News Fund editing program and Northwestern University’s Media Management Center, which she attended as a McCormick Fellow. She is a longtime member of the National Association of Black Journalists and served as NABJ interim executive director in 2017. She graduated magna cum laude from Howard University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

Pariss Athena
Pariss Athena

Pariss Athena is creator of the movement and community, #BlackTechTwitter, and Founder of Black Tech Pipeline. Black Tech Pipeline is a service based platform that brings exposure, resources, and opportunities to Black technologists, and their allies. With a strong focus on retention, Pariss connects employers to candidates within her community and works with those companies on their diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives.

David Morgan
David Morgan

Mr. Morgan is managing partner of D. Morgan & Partners, a government relations and public affairs firm at the center of business and the political system. Prior to launching the firm, Mr. Morgan served for almost ten years as Vice President Government Affairs for the American Express Company. Notably, Mr. Morgan is President and co-founder of the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association, a nonpartisan nonprofit organization committed to moving the needle on media diversity. In addition, he is co-founder of the National Infrastructure Investment Alliance, a coalition comprised of investment and development industry leaders helping local governments secure financing and technical assistance for their priority public-private-partnership and Opportunity Zone projects.

Landy Simpson
Landy Simpson

Landy is an experienced software engineer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry, currently working as a Software Engineer for Quantum Mob. She is skilled in front-end development using tools such as React/Redux, Vue/Vuex and NodeJS. Landy holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) focused in Computer Science Specialist from the University of Toronto.

Jessica Popp
Jessica Popp

Jessica Popp is VP of Engineering at Twilio. Before Twilio, Jessica worked as Senior Director of Engineering at SendGrid and DDN Storage. Jessica spent five years at Intel, most recently as Senior Director of Engineering. She began her career as a Software Engineer for Circuit City. Jessica’s specialities include software solutions/development, large program execution, government program execution, risk management, software lifecycle, R&D, operations management, storage technologies, performance and efficiency improvements, and employee development.

Angelica Ross
Angelica Ross

Angelica Ross is a leading figure of success and strength in the movement for transgender and racial equality and a current star in Ryan Murphy’s hit FX series “Pose”. Making TV history, the show features the largest transgender cast ever for a scripted series – five transgender women of color cast to play five series regular roles, including Angelica’s role as ‘Candy Abundance’. Ross is also the President of Miss Ross, Inc. and founder of TransTech Social Enterprises, an organization that helps people lift themselves out of poverty through technical training and digital work creating a social impact and bringing economic empowerment to marginalized trans and LGBTQI+ communities.

Lauren Guilbeaux
Lauren Guilbeaux

Lauren Guilbeaux is a sales leader and growth strategist helping companies center their sales strategy in empathy and true connection to their customers. As a trans woman in the technology space for over 12 years, Lauren is personally committed to spearheading the diversity and inclusion strategies needed to create necessary corporate culture shifts. Lauren is currently Head of Growth at ThinkHuman where she helps companies develop inclusive leaders through cohort based training and coaching that elevates emotional intelligence and creates long lasting behavior changes.

Licy Do Canto
Licy Do Canto

Licy is Executive Vice President and Managing Director of BCW where he drives healthcare policy and helps shape strategic direction on diversity, inclusion and belonging. Prior, Licy founded and served as President of The Do Canto Group, a majority-minority public affairs firm. An expert in public affairs, policy and diversity and inclusion, with over twenty five years of experience at the international, national, state and local levels across the nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate and government sectors, Licy is an accomplished, values driven leader with unparalleled experience in developing and leading integrated public affairs and communication campaigns. He also served as Health Practice Chair and Principal at The RabenGroup, the Chief Executive Officer of The AIDS Alliance for Children, Youth and Families, and managed and helped set the leadership direction for strategic policy, communications, and advocacy investments in executive and senior government affairs roles for the American Cancer Society and the nation’s Community Health Centers. He also is the recipient of multiple industry awards and citations for his leadership, policy and public affairs acumen, including being named to The Hill Newspaper list of most influential leaders in Washington, D.C. consecutively over the last ten years.

Milagros Chirinos
Milagros Chirinos

Milagros Chirinos is the Associate Director of the Global Workplace Equality Program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. In this role, she oversees HRC’s Equidad MX and CL — two in-country programs designed to promote LGBTQ-inclusive workplaces in Mexico and Chile respectively as well as ongoing expansion efforts across the world. In her three-year tenure, Milagros has deepened HRC’s efforts in the Latin American region, played a leadership role supporting the HRC Global and Workplace programs, and enhanced international business relations. Previously, as HRC Deputy Press Secretary for Global Affairs and Spanish-language Media, Milagros expanded the organization’s global communications network and helped create HRC’s first Spanish-language webpage with vital resources tailored to the Latinx, Hispanic and Spanish-speaking audiences in the U.S.

Candelario Cervantez
Candelario Cervantez

Candelario Cervantez (he, him, his, él) is a business executive who opens educational opportunities to historically underrepresented and underserved minority populations and a champion for educational equity and excellence. Candelario is also a strong advocate of the promotion and advancement of diverse leaders in all industries.Currently, he is the National Senior Managing Director, Latinx Alliances on the National Public Partnerships and Government Affairs Team at Teach For America. Teach For America’s mission is to enlist, develop, and mobilize as many as possible of our nation's most promising future leaders to grow and strengthen the movement for educational equity and excellence. At Teach For America he also serves on the Latinx Advisory Council. He is also currently serving as Co-Chair of the National Diversity Council’s TX CEO Roundtable that is working to help Texas-based CEOs in advancing DEI in their organizations. Finally, he is the CEO of Art By Cervantez. The company focuses on utilizing art to connect with others on a deep level and to evoke passion, reflection and gratitude for the gifts of nature and faith.

DeAnna Hoskins
DeAnna Hoskins

DeAnna Hoskins has been at the helm of JLUSA as the President and CEO of JustLeadershipUSA (JLUSA) since 2018. A nationally recognized leader and dynamic public speaker, Ms. Hoskins has been committed to the movement for racial and social justice, working alongside those most impacted by marginalization for over two decades. Her own life experience has been this driving force, having been directly impacted by the system of incarceration and the war on drugs, and with her professional experience, from working on grassroots campaigns to state and federal government. Ms. Hoskins has been a part of JLUSA’s national alumni network since 2016, as a Leading with Conviction Fellow. Prior to taking the helm at JLUSA, Ms. Hoskins was at the Department of Justice where she joined under the Obama Administration. There, she served as a Senior Policy Advisor (Corrections/Reentry) providing national leadership on criminal justice policy, training, and technical assistance, and information on best and promising practices. She oversaw the Second Chance Act portfolio and managed cooperative agreements between federal agencies – the Department of Labor’s Clean Slate Clearinghouse, supporting formerly incarcerated people with expunging their records; the National Reentry Resource Center; the National Inventory of Collateral Consequences and Convictions; the National Institute of Corrections Children of Incarcerated Parents initiative; and more.

Dr. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela
Dr. Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

Natalia Mehlman Petrzela, Ph.D. is a historian of contemporary American politics and culture and is currently writing a book on American fitness culture, FIT NATION: How America Embraced Exercise As The Government Abandoned It (under contract with University of Chicago Press). She is the author of Classroom Wars: Language, Sex, and the Making of Modern Political Culture (Oxford 2015), co-host of Past Present Podcast, a frequent media guest expert, speaker at universities and conferences, and contributor to international and domestic news outlets from the BBC to the New York Times to the Atlantic. Natalia is Associate Professor of History at The New School, a co-founder of wellness education program Healthclass 2.0 and a Premiere Leader of intenSati. She is a co-producer and the host of WELCOME TO YOUR FANTASY, a forthcoming podcast from Pineapple Street Studios. She holds a B.A. from Columbia and a master’s and Ph.D. from Stanford and is based in New York City.

Dr. Matthew Delmont
Dr. Matthew Delmont

Dr. Matthew Delmont is the Sherman Fairchild Distinguished Professor of History and a Special Advisor to President Hanlon for faculty diversity. An expert on African-American History and the history of Civil Rights, he is the author four books: Black Quotidian: Everyday History in African American Newspapers (Stanford University Press, 2019); Making Roots: A Nation Captivated(University of California Press, 2016); Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation (UC Press, 2016); and The Nicest Kids in Town: American Bandstand, Rock 'n' Roll, and the Struggle for Civil Rights in 1950s Philadelphia (UC Press, 2012). His next book, Half American: The Epic Story of African Americans Fighting World War II at Home and Abroad, will be published by Viking Books in 2022. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Public Scholar Award to support this research. In addition to these books, he regularly shares his research with media outlets, including the New York Times, NPR, TheAtlantic.com, Washington Post, and The Conversation. Dr. Delmont has spoken and consulted with Fortune 500 companies, universities, colleges, and community organizations regarding civil rights, diversity and inclusivity, and how to reckon with the history of racism in America.

Claudia Romo Edelman
Claudia Romo Edelman

Claudia Romo Edelman is a social entrepreneur, an advocate and a catalyst for change. A frequent public speaker and media contributor, Claudia is a leader for diversity, inclusion and equity, focused on unifying the U.S. Hispanic community and promoting sustainability and purpose-driven activities. Claudia is the Founder of the We Are All Human Foundation, a New York-based non-profit foundation, dedicated to advancing the agenda of diversity, inclusion and equity through developing and hosting global,national and regional events, conducting research and developing research pieces/publications, creating content and corporate activation. A Mexican-Swiss Diplomat, Claudia is also a Founder and Co-Host of ‘Global GoalsCast’, a podcast distributed by CBS News Digital, which highlights global progress through the stories of champions making a difference. Prior to her role at the We Are All Human, she was seconded to the Executive Office of the Secretary-General of the United Nations to lead communications and advocacy for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Claudia was instrumental in the creation and launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Lion Awards and is a special advisor for the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity. She is a Jury Member of the SDG Lion Awards in 2018 and 2019. She also has been a Jury Member of the D&AD Impact Awards for the last three consecutive years.

Patricia Mota
Patricia Mota

Patricia serves as the President & CEO for the Hispanic Alliance for Career Enhancement (HACE), leading strategy, fundraising & development, leadership programs, and expanding impact on a national scale. As an advocate for access and equity, Patricia strives to create a multi-generational, diverse, and inclusive support network to catapult the career growth Latinos across the country. Patricia leads with a diverse industry background, from co-founding a nonprofit, leading in community affairs for local government, marketing for corporate utilities company, to administration in higher education, to circling back to nonprofit at HACE as a Director in 2010, Sr. Director 2012, then CEO in 2015. Patricia has a strong history of serving the community, as reflected by her service on various nonprofit boards and committees, and several accolades, most recently appointed as a commissioner on the Illinois Hispanic Employment Plan Council and named Crain’s Business Chicago Top 25 Most Powerful Latinos. Patricia earned a double Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University Bloomington in Spanish and Communication & Culture and a Master’s in Public Affairs (MPA) in Public Management from Indiana University’s School of Public & Environmental Affairs (SPEA)-Indianapolis. Patricia is also a certified leadership coach, Insights Discovery© licensed practitioner, and a proud Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow.

Jacqueline E. Kalk
Jacqueline E. Kalk
Jacqueline E. Kalk represents and counsels management clients in a wide variety of industries, including manufacturing, construction, crowdsourcing and virtual companies. Jacqueline’s practice encompasses a broad range of employment law matters, with a particular focus on independent contractor classification and wage and hour litigation and analysis. Additionally, Jacqueline has published articles on employment law issues, such as the Family and Medical Leave Act, and speaks on a national basis to human resource professionals regarding employment law and wage and hour issues. She is a faculty presenter for the Institute of Applied Management and Law (www.iaml.com).
Gill Allouche
Gill Allouche

Gil Allouche is a tech entrepreneur whose passion for artificial intelligence, big data, and growth marketing led him to start Metadata in May 2015. As the Founder and CEO of Metadata, Gil prides himself on building a customer-first company. He is part of an ambitious team that is committed to solving a major problem that B2B marketing and sales professionals face every month -- generating qualified, opt-in leads. Gil combines his passions for both software engineering and marketing and a point of view of both a typical client and the solution provider. His biggest reward is watching a funnel being optimized to the satisfaction of the CMS or CRO and seeing their clients grow their business with the Metadata solution.

Meera Raikundalia
Meera Raikundalia

Meera Raikundalia has had over 5 years sales and commercial experience across different start-ups. She has been working in the corporate D&I space for 5 years and has helped grow and scale communities for women in technology as well as worked in inner city London schools to connect less privileged students with opportunities in technology. She now heads up the corporate strategy for BYP Network, and works closely with a range of companies including, Facebook, AirBnb, Soho House, PwC etc to help them attract and retain black talent.

Liza Wisner
Liza Wisner

Liza Wisner is an award-winning television personality serving her community as a talent development expert and the curator of change agent training, including Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies. Liza has more than a decade of experience in the human capital optimization space working with organizations around the world to help them actualize their potential so they can create jobs and support programs that make communities stronger. Professionally trained in computer science and educational technology, Liza has built an incredible career and has turned her love of automation into a fulfilling life, strategizing, and managing future skilling and automation initiatives. Liza is also the founder of social organizations, including the non-profit, ‘PowerUp.org’ whose mission is to bridge the digital divide and eliminate "Technology Poverty." For more information about Liza, visit her website: www.lizawisner.com

Emily Hoang
Emily Hoang

Emily is the VP of Engineering at Metadata.io - they generate Inbound qualified leads for B2B companies by using AI to execute paid media campaigns at scale. Metadata set up and launch hundreds to thousands of multivariate advertising campaigns for marketers across Facebook, LinkedIn and Display channels. Emily brings 5+ years of managing and scaling distributed engineering team locally and globally and 12+ years of extensive experience working on large scale consumer facing mobile and web applications to her role.

Rekha Venkatakrishnan
Rekha Venkatakrishnan
Rekha leads international product teams at Walmart. She is a product evangelist and technologist with 15+ years of experience in product management, strategy, and engineering leadership roles. She is a firm believer in building simple yet delightful products with seamless experiences that help win both customers and business. Rekha is a strong advocate for women in tech, data, and product, and runs mentor circles to advance women in various functions. She has an MBA from the University of Arkansas (United States) and a Bachelor of Technology from Anna University (India). She's also a featured speaker at various events across the Bay area.
Helen Sanchez
Helen Sanchez

Helen’s background includes over twenty years working in recruiting, education in Women and Gender Studies, as well as African American Studies. She is the founder of Tanagui Career Consultants, whose primary focus is to offer services that result in breakthrough resumes and interview mastery for women over 40.

Audrey Genevieve Daniels
Audrey Genevieve Daniels

Audrey Genevieve Daniels, brings expertise and practical experience in developing and executing leadership, business, and training strategies for organizations and workforce development programs. She is always looking for ways to improve and identify innovative processes and activities to engage employees, leaders, and organizations. Audrey brings real-world experiences and lessons learned from her years working not only as a Workforce Educator but also as a Human Relations professional which includes Diversity, Inclusion & Equity leadership experience . Her goal is to develop user-friendly tools and resources on promising practices relevant to helping employers and individuals obtain their goals. She is the founder of Amplify LLC.

Desiree Booker
Desiree Booker

Desiree Booker is the CEO and Principal Consultant of ColorVizion Lab LLC, a consulting firm providing diversity recruitment solutions to companies and career coaching for people of color. Noting the extreme lack of diversity in executive roles across industries, Desiree has dedicated much of her career to preparing multicultural leaders for career advancement opportunities. Prior to assuming her role as CEO and Principal Consultant, Desiree worked with global brands such as NBCUniversal, MSNBC, Nickelodeon, WarnerMedia, and Gartner. She created and launched Turner Real Talk, a national educational platform that positioned WarnerMedia (formerly Turner Broadcasting) as a diversity employer of choice and engaged more than 500 Black, Latino, and LGBTQ students nationwide.

DoctorJonPaul H
DoctorJonPaul H

Dr. Jonathan P. Higgins (DoctorJonPaul) is a professor, national speaker, freelance journalist, thought leader and media critic who examines the intersections of identity, gender and race in entertainment. Named Business Equality Magazine’s “Top 40 LGBTQ People Under 40”, their work has been featured on sites like NBC News, Vox, VICE, MTV News, Essence, Out Magazine and more. They have worked closely with brands like Apple, Disney and Instagram and currently serves as 1/2 of the podcast, “Learnt”. In their first TEDx talk titled “Unlearning Fear”, they examine the importance of speaking truth to power and what it means to not only reclaim personal power, but to walk in your full authenticity. They hold a doctorate in educational justice and write regularly about intersectionality and liberation for queer people and what it means to not just survive, but thrive.

Carla Harris
Carla Harris

Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley. She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements. In her 30 year career, Ms. Harris has had extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council. For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transactions in U.S. history. Ms. Harris was named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, Fortune’s Most Influential List, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2017), and “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street”, and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”.

Lisa S. Jones
Lisa S. Jones

Lisa S. Jones, is the Chief EyeMail Officer (CEO) & Founder of EyeMail Inc. EyeMail, a marketing communications technology brings email to life by embedding videos into the email and mobile experience to foster engagement and increase click-thru rates over 60%. Lisa has been recognized as: Catalyst of the Year, Delta Air Lines, Stevie Innovator of the Year Award, Served on Microsoft’s Preferred Supplier Board, Member of the Cola-Cola Mentor Protégé Program and currently enrolled at Harvard University for Marketing Management. Prior to Lisa becoming an Entrepreneur and Trailblazer for innovation, she had a career at NASA and served as a Corporate Executive in the telecommunication sector.

Leang Chung
Leang Chung

Born into a refugee family from Cambodia and growing up with limited resources, Leang Chung experienced what it’s like to be underestimated and the importance of access to get ahead. It taught her to work hard, be gritty and solve problems creatively. Leang's upbringing prepared her for a successful career in solving complex organizational challenges, leadership development and coaching. Today, Leang is the Founder and CEO of Pelora Stack, a company that designs career coaching programs focused on emerging skills for HR professionals and advancing women in the workplace. She also serves as the Vice Chair for Global Connections for Women (GC4W), a non-profit organization with a mission to create a path to success for women and girls in underserved communities around the world, regardless of their background, nationality or societal status.

Kay Miles
Kay Miles
Kay Miles is the founder of Mindful Use of Technology where her goal is to address the growing issues of digital fatigue and employee burnout in today's workforce. With 10+ years working in the technology industry, she's experienced first-hand how difficult it is to balance the positive aspects of technology with the not-so-positive. With mindfulness principles at the core of her teachings, she has been able to help countless people around the globe.
Yi-Hsian Godfrey
Yi-Hsian Godfrey

Yi-Hsian (pronounced "E-Schwan") Godfrey is co-founder and CEO of Apiari who is committed to putting the care back into the care industry. A former corporate executive turned entrepreneur who is also a mom to school-aged children, daughter to elderly parents, wife, sister and friend, she understands the challenges women face in pursuing the proverbial "work-life balance."

Ronit Bohrer Hillel
Ronit Bohrer Hillel

Ronit is a Sr. Director of Engineering at Smartsheet. She brings more than 20 years of engineering leadership within both corporate and startup companies. She has a strong understanding of how to connect business and product visions, while building, leading and enhancing software development groups to reach their objectives. Ronit came to the Seattle area to join Amazon in 2014 where she led Alexa's Skill Conversational Tooling, Amazon's Choice and other AI innovative initiatives. Prior to Amazon, she was a Director of Engineering at Conduit, an internet monetization company and at TTI Telecom where she led Engineering for Network Performance and Faults systems. Ronit is passionate about helping people reach their career goals, promoting women in engineering and creating an inclusive work environment. She is a trained life coach and uses coaching at work and at home. In her free time Ronit co-leads a meetup to empower Jewish professional women, she plays in a women’s Catchball league and enjoys the outdoors with her family

Joan Smith
Joan Smith

Over the last 6 years, Joan has dedicated her time and energy to stay current with relevant HR trends and sharing them as an HR blogger, career podcaster, and FB live career guest speaker. She has 4.5 years of recent experience in administration supporting C-suite leaders and in her roles, Joan has consistently partnered closely with HR to collaborate on different initiatives. Her experiences have been in training and administration where she served as an HR Liaison in her last role with Arlington County Government for 2.5 years. Joan has had the pleasure of communicating Wellness Initiatives to her colleagues and engaging coworkers in various wellness activities and assisting in onboarding. Furthermore, Joan has 4 additional years of supporting C-suite leaders to include an HR Director, Think Tank President, and a VP in the Insurance Industry.

Hillary Black
Hillary Black

Hilliary is a Founding Partner of AIR | allies in recruiting and a Co-Founder of Career Happy, a division of Kay & Black, Talent MGMT. A failed copywriter and huge Bukowski fan, 20+ years later Hillary is Joint CEO of Kay & Black, a boutique recruitment and coaching firm in NYC. She has spent over 20 years in the advertising industry and has witnessed and facilitated many career transitions – her own and others. Hillary is passionate about making meaningful connections with an empathetic, human approach. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and later in life received my Masters Degree in Social Work.

Jeff Wald
Jeff Wald

Jeff Wald is the Founder of WorkMarket, an enterprise software platform that enables companies to manage freelancers (acquired by ADP). Jeff has founded several other technology companies, including Spinback, a social sharing platform (eventually purchased by salesforce.com). Jeff began his career in finance, serving as Managing Director at activist hedge fund Barington Capital Group, a Vice President at venture capital firm GlenRock and various roles in the M&A Group at JP Morgan. Jeff is an active angel investor and startup advisor, as well as serving on numerous public and private Boards of Directors. He also formerly served as an officer in the Auxiliary Unit of the New York Police Department. Jeff is the author of The Birthday Rules and the Amazon Best Seller The End of Jobs: The Rise of On-Demand Workers and Agile Corporations. Jeff frequently speaks at conferences and in media on startups and labor issues. Jeff holds an MBA from Harvard University and an MS and BS from Cornell University.

Claire Wasserman
Claire Wasserman
Claire Wasserman is an educator, author, and founder of Ladies Get Paid, a global community that champions the professional and financial advancement of women. She is also the producer and host of John Hancock’s podcast, “Friends Who Talk About Money”. Claire has traveled the country teaching thousands of women how to negotiate millions of dollars in raises, start businesses, and advocate for themselves in the workplace. Claire was named one of Entrepreneur Magazine's 100 Most Powerful Women and is a highly-sought-after expert for Fortune 500 companies working to improve diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging within their organizations.
Kyra Reed
Kyra Reed

Kyra Reed is a social media industry veteran and a community-focused brand innovator. She was named a ‘Social Media Pioneer,’ by Entrepreneur Magazine and her work in social media has been featured in The NY Times, Tech Crunch, NPR and 20/20. In 2016 she launched Markyr Digital Cannabis, a digital marketing and social media strategy agency focused on the Marijuana, hemp and CBD industries. Kyra’s cannabis clients include growers, manufacturers and dispensaries. Kyra founded one of the largest cannabis networking groups for women, Women Empowered in Cannabis (WEiC) and WEiC:Careers a job matching site for women in cannabis and companies committed to gender diversity and inclusion in their hiring practices. She is also the founder of Lady Jane Society, an event production company focused on high end retreats for women in cannabis and Haus of Jane, a collaboration event with Tokeativity, currently hosting virtual speed networking events for women working in cannabis. Kyra was noted as one of the “100 Most Important Women in Weed” in 2019 and 2020 by Green Market Report.

Frida Polli
Frida Polli

Frida Polli is an award-winning Harvard- and MIT-trained neuroscientist turned startup founder. She completed her predoctoral training in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School and her postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience at MIT. After a decade in academic neuroscience, Frida sought to apply neuroscience and data science to real-world problems. She is now CEO and cofounder of pymetrics, a startup that uses advances in cognitive neuroscience to create analytics-informed decision-making and performance-enhancement software for the human capital field. Frida earned her BA from Dartmouth College, MBA from Harvard Business School, and PhD from Suffolk University. She is the proud mother of two girls.

Dr. Mandeep K. Virk-Baker  PhD, MPH, MSc, RD, FAND
Dr. Mandeep K. Virk-Baker PhD, MPH, MSc, RD, FAND

Dr. Mandeep K. Virk-Baker has extensive public health research and administration experience and has served high-level state and academic leadership positions. With more than two decades leading work in public health, community nutrition, community outreach, health promotion, and as a public health scientist trained at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), Dr. Virk-Baker is deeply passionate about improving public health. As the Founder and CEO of National Origin Alliance Inc, a 501C3 non-profit organization, Dr. Virk-Baker is committed to eradicating national origin discrimination via collective impact and championing diversity and inclusion, and social justice. A society where everyone has an equal opportunity to pursue their dreams and succeed in their careers regardless of their place or country of origin.

Mira Stern
Mira Stern

Mira Stern is a queer white Jew born and raised in San Francisco, who currently lives in Oakland as a settler on Chochenyo Ohlone land. Mira is a consultant and facilitator for tech companies, organizations, and school systems that are committed to developing equity strategies rooted in racial justice and community building. She is a life-long educator and advocate for justice, focusing on developing white antiracist consciousness and capacity for change. Her organizing work spans from youth development and prison abolition to reparations movements and Palestine solidarity work. Mira recently finished her Master’s work in Education & Social Justice at USF, creating a 9-part workshop series on whiteness and antiracism for white educators. She is a plant witch and committed to earth-based practices as a central component of our movements for collective liberation.

Dionna Smith
Dionna Smith

Dionna recently joined the team at Thumbtack, serving as their Global Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. Dionna held the title of PowerToFly’s Director of Global Diversity & Inclusion, Learning & Development. Prior to joining PowerToFly, Dionna served as the Head of Global Talent Strategies & Recruitment Programs at Delta Air Lines. Dionna was named to Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under 40 list and is a regular featured speaker at conferences. She is most proud of being the mother of five outstanding children.

Geraldine Laybourne
Geraldine Laybourne

Geraldine Laybourne is currently chairman and co-founder of Katapult Studio,a technology start-up company for the creative generation. Gerry is a serial media entrepreneur. She founded Oxygen Media, a 24-hour cable television network for young women, where she served as chairman and CEO until she sold it to NBC Universal in 2007. Gerry was a cable programming pioneer in the 80s and 90s: she led the team that created Nickelodeon and Nick at Nite. She also served as president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks (From 1996-1998) where she ran cable programming for the Walt Disney Company and its ABC subsidiary. Gerry has been singled out for her many contributions to the industry. She was ranked No. 1 among the 50 most influential women in the entertainment industry by the Hollywood Reporter in 1996 and named one of the 25 more influential people in America by Time Magazine that same year. She serves on the board of directors of Symantec Corporation, 9 story and Betaworks. She is on the board of trustees of Vassar College and on the board of Vital Voices.

Fatma  Ghedira
Fatma Ghedira

Fatma Ghedira is a community builder and experience designer who supports organizations and community leaders in creating impactful moments, conversations and experiences that align with their values and intentions. Fatma is a marketer by experience and a psychologist by education, with a formal training in Social-Organizational Psychology from Columbia University. Fatma is currently Head of Community at ThinkHuman while also focusing on social justice and equity work. Outside of work, she finds inspiration in her roles as an artist, musician, yogi and meditation student.

Kristina Anguelakieva
Kristina Anguelakieva

I founded trueblu in Toronto after working in corporate marketing leadership for twenty years. Big companies like Rogers, Bell, and Sears, hired me to build brands, services, new start-ups, and loyalty programs. Trueblu is an entrepreneurial extension of my corporate experience. I became fascinated by the power and economy of digital storytelling and married it with my desire to make a difference in the world. I realized I could be someone who could make this work accessible to organizations that don’t traditionally have big budgets. I use my years of experience in marketing and team up with digitally savvy, young creators to do this.

Kelly Kugler
Kelly Kugler

Kelly Kugler is the Founder of Allora Collective. Allora Collective connects people to a curated team of coaches who have cross-functional and cross-cultural expertise with career change, remote life transitions and strategic relocations. They help people change their lives for the better. Kelly supports global talent across technology, marketing and recruitment from intern to c-suite as a coach specializing in career change and strategic relocation. Her work in global recruitment managing countless careers, personal experience changing her own career path as well as relocating across the US and to Europe, allow her to help people navigate these opportunities improving their experience. She provides leadership development coaching for individuals throughout their career and curates learning and development programs for hiring teams. Learn more and book a free strategy session at AlloraCollective.com

Serena Marshall
Serena Marshall

Serena Marshall is an award-winning journalist based in D.C. with a background in health reporting. As the creator and host of Track the Vax, a weekly podcast by Everyday Health and MedPage Today, she examines everything from trials to distribution of the global Covid-19 vaccine charge. Conducting long-form interviews with the leaders in the biopharmaceutical and medical fields, distributors, and even those in line to get the shot. Pressing leading researchers, pharmaceutical companies and government agency heads on the big issues. Previously, she covered the White House and Capitol Hill for ABC News as a correspondent; travelled globally reporting on U.S. immigration; and helped lead the team that broke the restoration of diplomatic ties between the U.S. and Cuba, which won the Merriam-Smith award for outstanding coverage. Serena holds a master's degree in Health Communication from the University of Florida and a bachelor's degree in Broadcast Journalism - News Reporting, also from Florida. Her career in journalism began working the medical beat for ABC News in New York before moving to D.C. and working as a general assignment digital journalist, reporting and producing for all ABC News shows and platforms including Good Morning America and World News with David Muir.

Amy Trappey
Amy Trappey

Amy Trappey is the Senior Director, Customer Success at PowerToFly-the fastest growing diversity recruiting platform connecting women with Fortune 500 corporations and fast-growing startups. Amy manages a distributed team of 30 and together they combat gender disparity on a worldwide level through innovative HR solutions. Amy truly took advantage of the benefits the remote lifestyle has to offer and traveled to 20 countries over the past year, but has now settled in New York City where she resides with her dog, Biggie.

Rep. Val Demings
Rep. Val Demings

Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) represents Florida’s 10th District in Congress. The first woman to serve as Orlando’s Chief of Police, she now serves on the House committees on Homeland Security, Intelligence, and the Judiciary. Demings is a member of the Congressional Black Caucus, Women’s Caucus, and New Democratic Caucus. She is a member of the Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Review Board and the Elections Security Taskforce. Besides serving as a Subcommittee Vice-Chair, Congresswoman Demings’ leadership positions include serving as Assistant and Regional Whip for the House Democratic Caucus, Co-Chair of Candidate Recruitment for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and Vice Chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She recently made history as one of the first women and first African Americans to serve as an presidential Impeachment Manager. Rep. Demings has been a leader on numerous issues, including bipartisan and bicameral work in Congress to reaffirm America’s commitment to media diversity.

Margery Kraus
Margery Kraus

Margery Kraus is founder and executive chairman of APCO Worldwide, a global advisory and advocacy communications consultancy headquartered in Washington, D.C. She specializes in public affairs, communication, and business consulting for major multinationals. Ms. Kraus founded APCO in 1984 and transformed it from a company with one small Washington office to a multinational consulting firm in major cities throughout the Americas, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia. Ms. Kraus’s achievements have been recognized over the years through a number of prestigious awards, including the PRWeek U.S. Power List (2020); Enterprising Women of the Year Award (2019); PRWeek Top 20 Most Influential Communicator (2018); and many more. Ms. Kraus is active on other institutional and corporate boards and committees. She is chairman of the board of the Women Presidents’ Organization; serves on the international advisory board of Tikehau Capital, the social responsibility advisory board of Univision Communications Corporate, and the advisory board of Enterprising Women magazine. She also serves as a trustee of American University, the Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation, and the Institute for Public Relations.

Aida Rodriguez
Aida Rodriguez

Aida Rodriguez is an Afro-Latina, taking the world of entertainment by storm with her wit, strong performances, and charismatic personality. Aida recently filmed a comedy special for Netflix as part of a new standup series “She Ready.” She made history as the first Latina to appear in two specials aired in one month on both HBO and Showtime. She was handpicked by director Taylor Hackford for his film “The Comedian” starring Robert De Niro. In 2017, Coca Cola Global Women’s LINC Conference sponsored Rodriguez’s speech that modeled a TED Talk. Rodriguez has also appeared on Comedy Central’s This Week at the Comedy Cellar, The Nightly Show, five-time host of the PBS Imagen Awards, NBC Last Comic Standing’s finals, TRUtv’s Laff Tracks, Fox Laughs, Nickelodeon Mom’s Night Out and Parental Discretion. This summer, Aida will be releasing her first Netflix special, as part of Tiffany Haddish’s They Ready series. She is also a regular contributor for The Young Turks.

Kate Zernike
Kate Zernike

Kate Zernike is a political reporter for The New York Times. She came to the paper from The Boston Globe in 2000. She was a member of the team that shared the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting for a series of stories about Al Qaeda and the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. At The Times, she has covered education, criminal justice, healthcare, and Congress, and been a writer for the Styles section. She is the author of “Boiling Mad: Behind the Lines in Tea Party America”, published in September 2010. Ms. Zernike began her career at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts. She received a degree in History and English from the University of Toronto and received a masters degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, where she has taught as an adjunct professor. She is a visiting associate at the Eagleton Institute for Politics at Rutgers University.

Janna Meyrowitz Turner
Janna Meyrowitz Turner

Janna Meyrowitz Turner has been marketing to consumers who vote with their dollars for 15+ years. She is a business strategist and communications pro as well as an advisor and investor to companies addressing motherhood, wellness, cannabis and more. As the founder of Style House, an award-winning strategic communications and business development consultancy specializing in progressive multicultural brands on a mission, Janna’s work has included venture-backed CPG, globally traded companies (Estee Lauder, Deckers Corp.) and legacy turnarounds including the WNBA. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and son.

Patrice Peck
Patrice Peck

Patrice is a journalist and the founder of Coronavirus News for Black Folks, a weekly newsletter that aims to empower our community by circulating existing coronavirus (COVID-19) news and stories as it relates to the Black Diaspora. She is a former host and writer for BuzzFeed. With over 10 years of experience at both media companies and startups, Patrice also brings a thoughtful perspective and blend of self-starting, creative chops and digital data-savvy. She's entrepreneurial at heart and a team player recognized for viral stories, dynamic ideas, and an impassioned, intersectional approach. In 2017 alone, Patrice’s writing garnered more than 34,000,000 views, including viral hits like “Just A Friendly PSA That You Don’t HAVE To Lay Your Edges Down If You Don’t Wanna” and “9 Types Of Street Harassment You've Probably Experienced If You're A Woman.” She’s also produced, directed, and starred in videos for BuzzFeed’s As/Is YouTube channel, which has more than 9,000,000 subscribers. Her work can also be found at The Huffington Post, NBC, EBONY.com, BET.com, OkayAfrica, and more.

Marie Roker-Jones
Marie Roker-Jones

Marie Roker-Jones is the co-Ceo of Essteem, a startup that organizes hackathons for employers to recruit, hire, and retain women and people of color in tech. She is a social impact startup founder with over ten years of experience in leading gender and racial diversity strategies for inclusion and belonging. Marie has helped tech companies and startups with their diversity hiring goals through Veteran and military spouse initiatives. Marie also has workforce and career development experience creating workforce re-entry programs for underrepresented communities. Marie has facilitated dialogue in racial healing and debiasing through #CompassionConvos.

Sue Marcus
Sue Marcus

Sue Marcus is the Regional President of MSP, RPO and Payroll Solutions for Randstad Sourceright North America. Sue is bringing together this organization to support clients initiatives to bring the best talent into their organizations, with the goal of an agile model, aligned to changing business demands – creating a new path for a customer toward total talent management. Initially joining the Randstad organization back in 2004, under the brand Spherion, Sue has been driving client performance, strategy and innovation for the past 10+ years by working closely with and supporting the growth of the company’s RPO delivery teams.

Marti  Allen-Cummings
Marti Allen-Cummings

Marti Allen-Cummings (They/Them) is an activist, community board member, gig worker and drag artist running for city council in uptown manhattan. Marti has been working in NYC for 13 years after moving to the city at age 17 to pursue a performing arts career. They know what it’s like to make it in new york living paycheck to paycheck and without insurance. For over a decade, marti has been deeply involved in the community - advocating for LGBTQIA+ Young people through the ali forney center and aiding new yorkers experiencing homelessness.

Throughout the pandemic, Marti built upon that experience to plan PPE handouts, grocery deliveries, coat drives and mutual aid efforts. During the 2016 election Cycle, Marti started organizing and Their political activism energized the community and has brought people together who are seeking progressive change in the nation’s politics. Marti currently sits on community board 9 serving the people of Upper Manhattan, and IS an advisor on the NYC Nightlife Advisory Board.

Avra Siegel
Avra Siegel

Avra is an expert in catalyzing societal change that supports women and working families. Her approach integrates public policy, strategic communications and intersectoral partnerships for maximum impact. Avra is currently the Head of US Policy Programs at Facebook. She is responsible for coordinating and developing the company’s efforts to maximize social and economic impact in the US. Prior to joining Facebook she was the Director of Public Policy and Strategic Partnerships at Care.com, the world’s largest destination for finding care. Avra previously served for 6 years at the White House under President Obama, as the Deputy Director of the White House Council on Women and Girls and lead on women’s economic security at the White House National Economic Council during the financial crisis. She has worked on multiple Presidential and local campaigns. Avra holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MPA from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband and two young boys.

Maira Iqbal
Maira Iqbal

Maira currently serves as the Lead Product Manager at VTS, commercial real estate’s leading leasing and asset management platform, bringing together landlords, brokers, and tenants to make deals happen. Maira is an experienced product leader with experience at startups, Fortune 100, and between. She has led deep multidisciplinary teams across industries from fintech to beauty to commercial real estate.

Tracy Jan
Tracy Jan

Tracy Jan covers the intersection of race and the economy for The Washington Post, a beat she launched in December 2016 that encompasses racial economic disparities, immigration, housing policy and other stories that hold businesses and politicians accountable for their decisions and promises. She previously was a Washington-based national political reporter for the Boston Globe, where she covered the 2016 and 2012 presidential campaigns. During her 12 years at the Globe, Jan had also written about health and science policy, higher education, and Boston Public Schools. She started her career as a crime and courts reporter at the Oregonian and was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan, as well as a Fulbright Fellow in Taiwan. She has reported from Taipei, Beijing, Tibet and along the Yangtze River.

Whitney Beatty
Whitney Beatty

Whitney Beatty is a dynamic former reality television development exec turned cannabis entrepreneur. After a 15 year career that saw her raise from an assistant at the iconic William Morris Agency to a Senior Vice President of Development at Warner Brothers / Telepictures, she transitioned to use her knowledge of brand and niche markets in the cannabis space. Inspired by a lack of stylish, safe cannabis storage systems and a distain for storing medicine in a shoebox, Whitney's first company Apothecarry Brands, Inc. was selected for the first cohort of Canopy San Diego cannabis business accelerator. Whitney subsequently pitched and won the ArcView Groups 2017 Los Angeles pitch prize and was selected at the Fall 2017 Pipeline LA portfolio company. Whitney’s newest endeavor in the cannabis space is Josephine & Billie’s, the first dispensary focused on the recreational and medicinal needs of women of color. It’s named for Josephine Baker and Billie Holiday, two black women who were demonized for cannabis use, and the store itself is a teapad — the black version of the speakeasy where black people would consume cannabis and socialize in the ‘20’s and ‘30’s, complete with a false wall entrance! Our true focus is on consumer education, and everything about the concept — from store organization with a focus on aliments and attributes, to the signage, to our extensive community engagement — will be geared to our customers in store experience.

Ada Westfall
Ada Westfall

Ada Westfall is a writer, composer, multi-instrumentalist, performer, and proud transgender woman whose mission is to disrupt, interrogate, and diversify the canon, trends, and methodology in the field of music as it intersects all types of performance and the collaborative arts at large. She is experienced at taking on a number of roles often simultaneously (composer, music director, lead actor, onstage musician, et al.) on a wide variety of productions – everything from large-scale commercial spectacle to research-based experimental performance. Career highlights include Another Rose (Virgin Voyages), a 2020 Lucille Lortel Award nomination (Outstanding Musical) for In the Green (Lincoln Center LCT3), Joan of Arc: Into the Fire (The Public Theater), Death of a Salesman (BAM), and a 2010 Drama Desk Award nomination (Outstanding Music in a Play) for A Play On War (The Connelly Theater). Ada resides in Brooklyn, NY where she writes and produces music out of her modest home project studio.

Heather Long
Heather Long

Heather Long is an economics correspondent. Before joining The Washington Post, she was a senior economics reporter at CNN and a columnist and deputy editor at the Patriot-News in Harrisburg, Pa. Long started her career at an investment firm in London. She earned her master's degrees from Oxford University, where she was a Rhodes Scholar.

Chris Bostic
Chris Bostic
Chris Bostic is the policy director for Action on Smoking and Health, and has been working in global tobacco control since 2001 when he attended the negotiations for the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control as a civil society international law and human rights expert. Chris has worked on tobacco policy at the local, state, national and international levels. Currently, Chris oversees the development and implementation of ASH’s programs, which focus on a human rights-based approach to health equity. He is a past member of the board of directors of the Human Rights and Tobacco Control Network, and is a founding member of the Tobacco Control Legal Consortium. Chris holds a Juris Doctorate from the Washington College of Law, and a Master of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University.
DeShuna Elisa Spencer
DeShuna Elisa Spencer

DeShuna Elisa Spencer is the Founder & CEO of kweliTV. She’s a former radio host and producer of emPower Hour, a show that examined social justice issues affecting people of color, on Washington, DC’s 89.3 FM WPFW. Spencer graduated from Jackson State University where she studied communications and journalism. She has written for The Clarion-Ledger, The Oakland Tribune and the Crisis Magazine. She is a Halcyon Incubator Fellow, a Voqal Fellow and a Google NexGen Policy Leader. Spencer was first place winner of the 2017 Harvard Business School African Business Conference Pitch Competition. She is featured in the book, “How We Fight White Supremacy” as one of the more than 60+ black leading organizers, artists, journalists, entrepreneurs, etc., combating white supremacy through their work. In 2019, the Digital Diversity Network named Spencer the Innovation & Inclusion Social Entrepreneur of the Year. She’s an advisory board member of Full Color Future and the Multicultural Media Correspondents Association.

Juan Señor
Juan Señor

Juan Señor is the President of INNOVATION Media Consulting Group in London - one the world's leading news media consultancies. He has worked with and advised hundreds of media companies on every continent directing transformative projects. He also serves on the Advisory Board of several media groups. He is also a former Visiting Fellow at the University of Oxford. He has been listed as one of 'The World's Leading Innovators' in Journalism and Media' by Journalism UK. Mr. Señor is a highly-sought commentator on the media industry, speaking at global forums and quoted frequently in leading publications such as The Economist and The Financial Times. He is co-editor of two annuals books; Innovation in News Media and Innovation in Media, written on behalf of WAN-IFRA and the FIPP respectively. Altogether he has edited 32 books. He worked for seven years as a war and conflict reporter for PBS's NewsHour. He then became a presenter for EBN-Wall Street Journal TV and CNBC Europe. And he served as London correspondent of International Herald Tribune Television then owned by The New York Times and The Washington Post. His work has been nominated for an EMMY and his television programme, Media Report, was voted by viewers as Europe’s Best Business Programme. He continues to work as a live event and television host and presenter. He has hosted the Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for 14 years, Reinvention Festival for a decade.

Steven Waldman
Steven Waldman

Steven Waldman is the President and Co-Founder of Report for America, an initiative of the GroundTruth Project. He crafted the plan for it after authoring the Federal Communications Commission landmark report “Information Needs of Communities,” which NPR described as “one of the most comprehensive overviews of the U.S. media ever produced.” An experienced entrepreneur, he co-founded the multi-faith religion website Beliefnet.com, which won the National Magazine Award, and LifePosts.com, a platform for online memorials. Earlier, he was National Editor of U.S. News & World Report and National Correspondent for Newsweek. He was Senior Advisor to the CEO of the Corporation for National Service and wrote a book on the creation of AmeriCorps called "The Bill." He's also the author of the national bestseller, "Founding Faith." Steve is on the Board of Directors of The GroundTruth Project.

Tracie Powell
Tracie Powell
Tracie Powell is Program Officer for the Racial Equity in Journalism (REJ) Fund at Borealis Philanthropy. Tracie is the founder of AllDigitocracy.org, which focuses on the media, its intersection with technology and how both impact diverse communities. She was most recently a Senior Fellow with the Democracy Fund, where she worked on the Public Square initiative that seeks to support informed dialogue through nonprofit journalism investments. Tracie is also a 2016 JSK (Knight) Fellow at Stanford University and has written regularly for the Columbia Journalism Review, Poynter and Harvard’s Nieman Journalism Lab. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and The University of Georgia (Athens).
Kaley Young
Kaley Young

Kaley is an experienced Principal Recruiter with a demonstrated history of working in the Telecommunications industry. Before joining Raytheon Technologies, Kaley held positions at Nexius and Experian. She holds a Master's focused in Management from The University of Phoenix.

Janice S. Lintz
Janice S. Lintz

Janice is the mother of a child with hearing loss who is now an investment banker in London. Janice is an experienced strategist and problem solver. She has worked successfully across industries on local, national, and global platforms to influence outcomes and lead change in hearing innovation and technology, including museums globally, NYC's transit and taxi system, airports domestically, in-flight Entertainment. She is the CEO of Hearing Access & Innovations, the leading company dedicated to helping the world's businesses, cultural and Entertainment institutions, government agencies, and mass transit organizations improve their accessibility for hearing loss people. Additionally, Janice was a 2016 Aspen Institute Spotlight on Health Scholar, a member of the US Access Board's Rail and Passenger Vessel Committees, a gubernatorial appointee to NYS Interagency Council for the Deaf Deaf-Blind, and Hard of Hearing committee, a member of the NYC Taxi of Tomorrow Committee, a member of the FCC's Consumer Advisory Committee and a 2008 People magazine Hero.

Milena Berry
Milena Berry

Milena is the Co-Founder and CEO of PowerToFly - the fastest growing global platform connecting women with companies that value work-life integration, female-friendly benefits, equal pay for equal work and environments where they thrive. Milena’s on a mission to partner with top 100 brands to bring them a slew of diversity solutions provided through the PowerToFly platform. Milena was born in Bulgaria and moved to New York City a week before September 11th to pursue a Masters at ITP NYU. Prior to co-founding PowerToFly, Milena has contributed to numerous startups, and had a blast being the CTO of Avaaz.org where she oversaw the technology to support growth to over 30 million members. Milena is a frequent commentator on how companies can diversify their teams, especially in tech. Her work for PowerToFly has been recognized in Business Insider and she was named Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business in 2015. Her biggest accomplishments are her four children who constantly push her to rethink what work-life balance means.

Katharine Zaleski
Katharine Zaleski

Katharine Zaleski was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business after launching PowerToFly, the virtual-events community for diverse women to connect with each other and hiring managers who elevate their careers. Through a myriad of products and services, PowerToFly’s mission is to dismantle systemic racism and sexism holding back workplaces, and ultimately our communities. Prior to co-founding PowerToFly, Katharine was the Founding Managing Editor of NowThis; the Executive Director of Digital for The WashingtonPost; and the sixth hire and Head of News for The Huffington Post. She writes for major publications, including The New York Times, Fortune, Forbes and Quartz and has appeared onTODAY, Good Morning America and numerous outlets. Katharine lives in New York with her family where she is a Member of the Council of Foreign Relations and a frequent kite-surfer on Long Island and New Jersey’s under-appreciated beaches.

Sienna J. Brown
Sienna J. Brown

Sienna J. Brown is a Global D&I strategist at PowerToFly. As an educator, expat and entrepreneur her mission is to teach driven women how secure remote work opportunities aligned with their bigger mission and provide them with freedom and flexibility. Over the past 6 years, her focus has been working with companies and employees to create more diverse and inclusive workplaces that have a positive impact on their personal and professional lives. When she’s not working, she’s at home on the Mediterranean coast watering her plants, cooking a good meal or engaging in meaningful conversations with friends.

Lauren Hagerty
Lauren Hagerty

Lauren Hagerty is the Director of Marketing and Community for PowerToFly - the largest gender diversity recruiting platform and community connecting women with fortune 500 corporations and fast-growing startups. Previously, Lauren led the social media and community efforts for the industry-leading smart home platform Wink, where she recreated and revitalized the company’s voice and persona. In her free time, you can find Lauren skiing (with her very own handmade knit goods, of course) or taking pictures of her Pomeranian, Sprinkles.

Limor Bergman Gross
Limor Bergman Gross

Limor recently became the Director of Mentorship at PowerToFly. Previously, she served as Director, Cloud Compute and Engineering Manager at DigitalOcean. Limor also volunteers with Plato where she mentors managers and leaders. For more than ten years, Limor has been leading teams and organizations of different sizes while building a great culture, innovating, and shipping products. She enjoys helping engineers grow both their technical abilities as well as their communication and collaboration skills.

Nicole Felter
Nicole Felter

Nicole is an Associate Marketing Manager at PowerToFly. She is originally from Upstate New York and now lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is the mom to a spirited little boy and has created a program at PowerToFly called the Parents’ Panel where viewers can come chat virtually with experts on pressing issues working parents face. She is the founder of momswithoutavillage, a community for moms who don’t have a “village”. She loves pizza, traveling and funny memes.

Meg Alexander
Meg Alexander

Meg Alexander joined the PowerToFly community as a job-seeker in 2014, eventually landing her first remote role working for PowerToFly’s Delivery Team. Her professional experience includes roles as a Talent Advocate, Head of Purchasing for a window factory, audiobook publishing, & more than 5 years as a paralegal. She has a bachelor's degree in Art History from Indiana University (mint condition, never been used!), where she also earned a varsity letter for Women's Rowing. She loves DIY projects and will never say no to french fries. She lives in Toledo, OH with her husband Aaron, an engineering technician, and their dogs, Radar & Cake.

Maryella Marie
Maryella Marie

Maryella Marie is a multimedia performance artist & activist focused on raising emotional intelligence through her work. California born, Georgia raised, Argentina based.

Kristen Hughes
Kristen Hughes

Kristen is a lesbian woman from coastal North Carolina. After attending Appalachian State University she served in the US Army as a 68W/Combat Medic. She is now the co-host of the podcast TopHatTopics which focuses on candidly discussing queer stories in pop-culture and is the Business Development Manager with PowerToFly.

Cepee Tabibian
Cepee Tabibian

A new PowerToFly team member, Cepee is a native Texan who has been living in Spain for the past 5 years, She is a skilled marketer with a passion for people, community, and content. She is also the founder of She Hit Refresh, a community for women age 30 and up who want to break free from a life of routine and start a life of travel.

Aimee Carlotto
Aimee Carlotto
Aimee Carlotto is an Account Executive at PowerToFly. She works with existing and new Enterprise organizations to help them create a diverse and inclusive workplace. She has been in sales and consulting for her career and it drives her to provide innovative solutions to her clients. When not working she spends time with husband and 2 children. She loves the Great British Baking Show, trying new recipes, and reading.
Stephanie Cwynar
Stephanie Cwynar

Steph Cwynar is a learning & sales enablement professional with 10+ years of experience across sales & marketing, program management, and education in both the private and nonprofit sectors with organizations such as Facebook, L'Oreal and the NYC Department of Education. She has built her career in a variety of roles and industries, but mostly in organizations that specialize in launching and expanding & scaling innovative products, practices, and programs. Currently, she is a Global Team Lead of Learning & Enablement at Facebook where she leads a group of learning professionals who develop learning and enablement programs to drive the success & learning of 3000+ agents globally across 15 locations. She is the co-founder of inspiHER, a women’s professional development and social organization whose mission is to inspire, empower, and ignite women to be their best selves; and a member of Women@Facebook.

Kristen Murdock
Kristen Murdock

Kristen Murdock is the Global Head of the Community Risk Assessment team, within the Risk and Response organization, and is shaping case design for Facebook's external oversight board. Her team focuses on driving learnings through understanding the gaps and vulnerabilities across Facebook's products, policies, processes and enforcement mechanisms. She joined Facebook in 2017, following thirteen years of service as a Naval Intelligence Officer. Her most recent assignments were at Naval Special Warfare Development Group and the SEAL Team THREE, where she led intelligence efforts in support of operations across the Middle East, Arabian Peninsula and East Africa. Prior to that, she served as a liaison officer for a number of Special Operations Task Forces in Afghanistan, focusing on threat finance and sanctioned terrorist organizations. Kristen graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Political Science; she also holds a Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies with a focus on Counterterrorism and received a certificate from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business in Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Arlene Pierret
Arlene Pierret

Arlene Pierret is a Product Design Recruiting Manager at Facebook. In this role, she leads a team of recruiters and sourcers who support hiring Product Designers across the family of apps within Facebook, Inc. She’s had the opportunity to support hiring for Product Design, Sound Design & Content Strategy across various levels within the organization as a recruiter prior to leading teams. Before joining Facebook and moving to the west coast, Arlene was on the east coast in the place she called home, NYC, serving as a recruiter for 10+ years across a variety of industries that included, non-profit, agency, media and ecommerce.

Julia Soffa
Julia Soffa

Julia runs GTM enablement at Guru Technologies, empowering revenue teams to deliver exceptional customer experiences. Prior to Guru, Julia led Product Marketing communication and enablement for the Adobe Advertising Cloud. In Julia's education and career: She is inspired by the passionate. She is affected by diversity in perspective and believe that nuance and gray area can make all the difference. An effective communicator since birth, she is tenacious and thoughtful, a leader, a team member, a listener.

Jana Lee
Jana Lee

Jana is the Director of Product at Kinship Labs where they are building the future of pet care. Jan has been obsessed with pets since she was 2 years old, flipping through my Dog Fancy magazine with my two best friends, Maude and Claude the Basset Hounds. Now at Kinship, she is exploring how we can use technology to better the lives of pets. Jana also invests in early stage female founded consumer companies. She digs backing passionate people that have an intimate understanding of their product and market.

Joanne Wilson
Joanne Wilson

In addition to her impressive investment portfolio including 17 startups (13 of which are women-founded), Joanne Wilson is cofounder of the Women Entrepreneur Festival. She is an avid writer with a massive following on her blog, Gotham Gal. At the age of 22, Wilson was responsible for the second largest cosmetics departments at Macy’s, responsible for overseeing 100 employees. She tried many careers in various industries, moving from retail to wholesale and then to media technology. Wilson experimented in friends’ businesses, led sales of a startup company called Silicon Alley Reporter, and chaired the nonprofit MOUSE (Making Opportunities in Upgrading Schools in Education). The organization focused on technology in inner­-city schools. In 2008, after encouragement from her husband (a partner at Union Square Ventures) and an interest in the company Curbed, Wilson launched her career as an angel investor. She focuses primarily on companies owned or founded by women, ranging from coffee shops to tech. Wilson’s successful investments include Blue Bottle Coffee, Food52, Nestio, TaxiTreats, DailyWorth, and Kitchensurfing, among others.

Charles F. Coleman Jr
Charles F. Coleman Jr

Charles F. Coleman Jr. is a seasoned civil rights attorney and legal analyst. He has quickly emerged as one of one of strongest thought leaders and modern voices in today's conversation on race, law, culture, politics, social justice, and civil rights. Charles began his legal career as a prosecutor in the Kings County (Brooklyn, NY) District Attorney’s Office. While there, he excelled expediently and was hand-picked to join the Specialized Gangs Unit, where he prosecuted several of the city’s most dangerous high-profile criminals. As a former Brooklyn, NY prosecutor turned civil litigator, Charles has a litany of experience in the courtroom. His trial acumen is matched only by his leadership abilities, in which he displays his community mobilization and civic activism efforts. This has earned him regular television appearances on CNN, MSNBC, arise News, amongst a host of networks. He has also remitted on camera work, as a legal commentator and analyst for Fox 5 News (NY), Huffington Post Live, Hot 97 FM (WQHT-NY, 97.1fm) and a legion of syndicated media from television to radio and web outlets. His insights and positions on race and civil rights have been quoted on yahoo.com, HLN, MSNBC, New York magazine, on being a black Lawyer, and a host of other national and local NY-media outlets. Additionally, Charles is a frequent contributor to sites like theroot.com, ebony.com, Huffington Post Black Voices, the Grio, and This Week In Blackness! (TWIB!)

Noor Tagouri
Noor Tagouri

Noor Tagouri is an award-winning journalist and producer of Sold in America. With a focus on subcultures and marginalized communities in the U.S., her innovative storytelling spans across industries. The 25-year-old entrepreneur is a touring speaker on breaking barriers through storytelling, and taps into prestigious brand partners like Prada to bring out the human side in marketing. In 2018 Noor released her documentary series “Sold in America,” (5M views) investigating the sex trade in the U.S., with a Gracies-winning podcast spinoff climbing to #8 on Apple’s Charts, with over 2 million downloads. In 2019 Noor is the host of Season 3 of The Barney’s Podcast, with a highly curated guestlist featuring leaders in fashion who are pushing our culture forward. From viral stories, to global speaking tours, to releasing her own line of fashion, Noor is raising the bar every step of the way. Burberry, Calvin Klein, Marriott, and Revlon are a few of the many brands turning to Noor to bring the human side back to marketing. Noor’s consistency, transparency, and philanthropy have given her a platform with hundreds of thousands of loyal supporters, trusting her opinions, recommendations, and integrity across