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KEYNOTE: How Far We’ve Come, How Far We’ve Yet to Go - Racial Equity in 2022


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KEYNOTE: How Far We’ve Come, How Far We’ve Yet to Go - Racial Equity in 2022

Whats Working, What’s Needed

For the first time ever, we have a woman of color as Vice President and a Black woman nominated to the US Supreme Court. These are substantial achievements that should be celebrated but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a ways to go. According to the Human Rights Watch, “Black, Latinx, and Native communities have been disproportionately burdened by the negative impacts of Covid-19, which has deepened existing racial injustices in healthcare, housing, employment, education, and wealth accumulation. While poverty fell overall due to stimulus checks and unemployment aid, the Black-white wealth gap, which is still as big as it was in 1968, persisted.” To take a deep dive into where we are at and where we are going, Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, CEO of Global Policy Solutions, sits down with APCO Worldwide’s Licy Do Canto to close out our summit by having an honest and insightful conversation on truly what’s working and what’s needed when in comes to racial equity in 2022 including some steps that everyone listening can take to make a difference in their own backyard.

Licy Do Canto

Patricia Ayerdis

Managing Director, Washington D.C., APCO Worldwide

Licy Do Canto, a veteran of public policy, corporate strategy, health care communications and diversity and inclusion, is managing director of APCO Worldwide's Washington D.C. office headquarters and mid-Atlantic region lead. A well respected expert in public health and health care policy, with nearly three decades of experience at the international, national, state and local levels across the nonprofit, philanthropic, corporate and government sectors, Mr. Do Canto is an accomplished, values-driven leader with unparalleled experience in developing and leading integrated public affairs campaigns combining strategic communications, public relations, political/legislative initiatives, policy, coalition building, grassroots efforts and advocacy.

Mr. Do Canto has held a wide range of positions and has worked across diverse sectors and industries over the course of his successful career, making him uniquely qualified to understand and support leaders and organization to successfully navigate both the opportunities and the diplomatic, technical, and multifaceted industry challenges with which they are confronted. Mr. Do Canto has vast inside knowledge of the Washington political process, and deep substantive experience on a wide range of public policy issues from public health, health care and social impact to immigration, trade and economic development.

​Maya Rockeymoore Cummings, Ph.D. Summit Speaker

Bridget Finkeldey

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings is an insightful strategist whose vast network and rich professional experiences working across the public, private, academic, and nonprofit sectors bolster her ability to identify emerging trends and make critical connections between complex social, economic, political, and technological phenomena. Dr. Rockeymoore Cummings is the Founder, President and CEO of Global Policy Solutions LLC, a strategy firm that helps corporate, philanthropic, governmental, and nonprofit clients meet their strategic objectives. She is also the immediate past board chair of the National Association of Counties Financial Services Corporation and has served on a number of nonprofit boards including the National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare (past board chair), National Academy of Social Insurance, National Council on Aging, and Baltimore Museum of Art. Dr. Rockeymoore Cummings has more than a quarter century working on innovative public policy and multimillion dollar social change initiatives. She directed the strategy to elevate closing the racial wealth gap on the national policy agenda, led a multi-million dollar initiative to reverse childhood obesity and promote healthy communities, was at the forefront of efforts to strengthen and expand Social Security, and was the architect of the first-ever study examining the impact of level 5 autonomous vehicle technology on the U.S. labor market. A dynamic strategist, analyst, and advisor with a ta

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