The Anti-Racist Business Virtual Summit

Learn from founders, leaders, and racial justice experts about what it means to be an anti-racist company and how businesses of all sizes can create and support diverse, inclusive, and equitable organizations.

FREE ONLINE EVENT | October 1, 2020

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The Anti-Racist Business Virtual Summit will provide you with strategies, best-practices, and a roadmap for building an anti-racist company.

Here’s what you’ll hear our speakers talking about:

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How to engage employees on race and equity issues in a way that uplifts, protects, and advances company culture

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The underpinning business structures that reinforce racism and how to replace them with anti-racist frameworks and values

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How to avoid the traps of traditional diversity programs and initiatives

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How to implement practices and policies that are inclusive, equitable, and empowering to people both within and outside the company

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How we can all take action to dismantle racism and white supremacy within our economies

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How to advocate for change in creating an inclusive and equitable economy

Speakers:

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Dr. Ellonda L. Williams

Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, B Lab
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Alana Cheeks-Lomax

Senior Manager on Global Diversity & Inclusion, Microsoft
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Jessica Lynch

Founding Partner, Generation Titans
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Max Skolnik

Founding Partner, Generation Titans
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Diana Marie Lee

Founding CEO and Alchemist, Sweet Livity LLC
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Samuel González

Co-Founder and Co-Lead, Sweet Livity LLC
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Nita Baum

Founder, b*free
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Kristina Kohl, MBA, PMP

Managing Principal, HRComputes
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Eban Goodstein

Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability, Bard College
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Jorge Fontanez

Clinical Professor of Marketing, Bard MBA in Sustainability Program
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Jade Magnus Ogunnaike

Senior Director of the Media, Culture, and Economic Justice at Color of Change
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Bernell Grier

Executive Director, IMPACCT Brooklyn
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Emily Robichaux

Chief Financial Officer, Groundswell
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Sarah Rose Bodley

Executive Director, reSET Social Enterprise Trust
Marcos Salazar Moderator
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Marcos Salazar – Host

CEO & Co-Founder, Be Social Change

Featured Expert SESSIONS

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Dr. Ellonda L. Williams
Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, B Lab
Session: Foundations in Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Work
Speaker Bio

Dr. Ellonda L. Williams is the Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion at B Lab, a non-profit organization that has a vision of an inclusive and sustainable economy that creates shared prosperity for all, serving a global movement of people using business as a force for good. In her role, she works to create an equitable, diverse and inclusive culture for all employees.

For the past decade, Dr. Williams has been focusing her professional work on development,
equity and connecting resources to people who are underprivileged, under-represented and under-
served. Staying local to her hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Ellonda received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Services and Psychological Studies from the University of Pittsburgh and later continued her education at Strayer University, obtaining her Master of Arts degree in Educational Leadership & Management. Dr. Williams later completed her doctorate degree at the Capella University with a concentration in Educational Leadership & Management.

Utilizing her research findings, in conjunction with top researchers in the field today, she coined a workshop entitled, “Improving Bias and Micro-Messaging as Experienced by Women Leaders”. She is a proponent of the advancement of women, disadvantaged and marginalized people from all walks of life.

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Alana Cheeks-Lomax
Senior Manager on Global Diversity & Inclusion, Microsoft
Session: Making Data-Driven Decisions to Support Diversity in the Workplace
Speaker Bio

Alana Cheeks-Lomax is a mission driven strategist with over 10 years of consulting experience providing management and strategy solutions to non-profits, public, private sector, and technology organizations looking to achieve their strategic objectives through business transformation, organizational growth, and social impact. She is passionate about bringing innovative ideas to the intersection of business and society, using her experiences to solve an organization’s most challenging problems.

Alana is currently a Senior Manager on Microsoft’s Global Diversity & Inclusion team where she supports the tech companies global strategy, bringing more diversity to the tech industry. In her role at Microsoft, Alana leads Microsoft’s D&I reporting strategy including the definition of measurement standards, analysis of diversity data, identification of trends and patterns in data, and communicating insights to the CEO and his executive team. Prior to Microsoft, Alana spent seven years at Deloitte Consulting as a strategy manager, leading several projects in the healthcare space. During her time at Deloitte, she co-founded Communities of Color from Coast-to-Coast (C2C), a program which champions user-centered design and grassroots inclusion practices that promote retention, advancement and well-being of global talent, starting from the viewpoint of black women.

Alana is also very active in her local community where she sits on the junior board for the Global Good Fund in Washington, DC, and My Sister’s Place in New York. She is also the co-chair for the Heinz College at Carnegie Mellon University’s annual Healthcare IT Conference

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Jessica Lynch
Founding Partner, Generation Titans
Session: Creating a More Equitable Economy Through Entrepreneurship
Speaker Bio

Jessica Lynch is a founding partner at Generation Titans, a social impact firm with a race and equity lens. At Generation Titans, Jessica has worked with companies — like Ben and Jerry’s and American Eagle — to implement community engagement and DEI efforts.

She also serves as a campaign strategist for Open to All — a national nondiscrimination coalition of 300,000 businesses and 300 civil rights groups — based around the idea that everyone should be welcome regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, religion or disability. Jessica is also a member of the Advisory Council for the RFK Human Rights’ Workplace Dignity initiative.

Jessica has a decade of experience in strategy development, organizational design, and community engagement. Jessica previously worked as Deputy Director of Strategy and Operations for My Brother’s Keeper Alliance — an initiative of the Obama Foundation. Before her time at the Obama Foundation, Jessica worked at Deloitte Consulting in the Strategy and Operations Practice. At Deloitte, Jessica developed DEI efforts to increase employee retention for women of color. She also has worked on multiple strategic plans for clients in the public and private sectors.

Prior to her time at Deloitte, Jessica was a college adviser with the National College Advising Corps. Jessica received a Master’s in Management and Master’s in Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University. She is originally from North Carolina and attended undergrad at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Max Skolnik
Founding Partner, Generation Titans
Session: Creating a More Equitable Economy Through Entrepreneurship
Speaker Bio

Max Skolnik is a founding partner of Generation Titans, a social impact firm that develops
market solutions for startups of color to access the early-stage resources they need to launch and thrive. Its signature product — REUNION — is a crowdfunding and community platform where users support emerging Black, Latinx, and Indigenous entrepreneurs by amplifying their stories, validating tactics, and making impact donations.

With over 20 years of senior-level experience in the youth development, philanthropic, local
government, entrepreneurial, and corporate responsibility fields, Max has demonstrated a
passion for leading and serving others. In his 10 years as the Founder and Executive Director of Kid Power, he managed high-quality academic, nutritional, and service-learning programs for thousands of young people throughout the District of Columbia. Following Kid Power, Max served as the DC Executive Director of the Taproot Foundation, a national organization that facilitates corporate pro bono service. Most recently, Max served as the Director of National
Programs at MBK Alliance, an initiative of the Obama Foundation working to ensure that all
boys and young men of color have equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.

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Diana Marie Lee
Founding CEO and Alchemist, Sweet Livity LLC
Session: Sustaining the Well-Being of Individuals and Organizations that Serve Vulnerable Communities
Speaker Bio

Diana Marie Lee (she/they), an elder healing woman whose roots are African American and Cherokee Nation, from Tahlequah and Muskogee, Oklahoma, has worked for the past 30 years to strengthen the leadership and systems capacity of organizations (nonprofit and for-profit), government agencies and philanthropic institutions to define and achieve their goals. Diana’s focus is serving diverse vulnerable communities including immigrants and refugees, youth, elders, labor activists, farmers, poor and low income, people of color, and children and adults with special health care needs.

Diana is a freedom fighter, an experienced healer, activist, entrepreneur and capacity builder who brings their UX/UI skills to bridge technology, good design, strategic planning, and social justice. Diana is an intuitive coach and restorative HR practitioner who understands how to support leaders to work in diverse cultural contexts so that everyone, regardless of identity and background, can fully engage in the organizational or community work with their whole, authentic self.

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Samuel González
Co-Founder and Co-Lead, Sweet Livity LLC
Session: Sustaining the Well-Being of Individuals and Organizations that Serve Vulnerable Communities
Speaker Bio

Samuel has spent his life finding ways to reconcile the intersecting identities that reside within. Bringing art, coaching, creative strategies, healing practices, and digital wizardry to Sweet Livity’s work, Samuel is helping transform how people do business. Because of Samuel’s intersectional nature, they have been able to create transformational spaces in many areas, including higher education, the nonprofit sector, corporate environments, etc. Decades of experience inform the work along with passion and empathy.

Samuel majored in the Performing Arts at Vanguard University. Samuel still pursues artistic adventures, fusing that creativity into working with people through personal coaching as well as with people as they work within organizations. Organizational development, strategic planning, training (train the trainer), and facilitation are areas of expertise for Samuel.

Sound healing, dream work, and ancestral healing/connections are some of the healing modalities in Samuel’s tool kit. He is also a certified compassion fatigue specialist, bringing a trauma-informed approach to his work with individuals and groups. Because of his background in art (music, writing, photography, painting), Samuel also uses the creation of art as a form of healing.

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Nita Baum
Founder, b*free
Session: Creating the Workplace as a Healing Space
Speaker Bio

Nita founded b*free in 2013 to activate individual, team and organizational potential to transform Workplaces to HealingSpaces where people & cultures center humanity & equity for greater freedom, sustainable prosperity & wellbeing for all.

b*free partners with purpose-driven organizations to co-create equitable, inclusive workplaces that embody your values. Grounded in a holistic approach, mind-body-spirit@work, Nita & her team of co-creators draw on experience, training and practice in the disciplines of neuroscience, adult development, psychosomatic healing, human-centered design, and organizational transformation to cultivate equity leadership. We aim to equip you to heal, learn, and mobilize with an equity lens through equity leadership coaching for individuals and groups, facilitation and coaching to navigate conflict and ruptures around equity and race, and through the design and facilitation of communities of practice to support skill-building for equity leadership. We frequently lead learning and healing conversations that include storytelling as a vehicle for self and culture transformation and provide guidance, capacity-building and coaching on complex people, culture and equity issues.

Nita coaches, speaks, and writes on equity leadership; she has worked in government, private sector consulting, education, and higher education and ran a consultancy that worked with global and national leaders to improve education policy & practice in K-12 & higher education through a focus on equitable and inclusive stakeholder-driven strategic planning and org transformation.

Being a caregiver to two dying parents and an aunt to a niece & two nephews have been among the most transformative experiences of her life. Nita is Founding Board Chair of Solar Responders, which equips first responder stations in Puerto Rico with renewable energy so they have the power they need to save lives. A Native New Yorker who plays the harmonium and is an avid yogi, she has a Bachelors in Pre-Med & Art History from Columbia University and an MBA from GW School of Business.

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Kristina Kohl, MBA, PMP
Managing Principal, HRComputes
Session: The Impact of Academia in Creating a Just Working World
Speaker Bio

Kristina guides clients through selection, implementation, and optimization of human capital digital solutions to attract, retain, and develop their people. She leads the Becoming Sustainable practice developing people strategy to align organizational mission with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Kristina brings executive business management experience from the corporate and not-for-profit worlds. Her background includes serving as Vice President and Manager at JPMorgan Chase. She is the author of Becoming a Sustainable Organization and a professor in the Bard MBA in Sustainability program.

She was named a 2020 Beacon ICON Award recipient for her work in women’s leadership and to the SJBiz 2020 Women to Watch List.

Kristina holds an MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. She is a PMP.

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Eban Goodstein
Director, Graduate Programs in Sustainability, Bard College
Session: The Impact of Academia in Creating a Just Working World
Speaker Bio

Eban is an economist who directs Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. Degree options include (1) the low-residency MBA in Sustainability based in NYC; (2) M.S. Degrees in Environmental Policy and in Climate Science and Policy; and (3) an M.Ed. in Environmental Education.

Goodstein is the author of three books: Economics and the Environment, (John Wiley and Sons) now in its ninth edition; Fighting for Love in the Century of Extinction: How Passion and Politics Can Stop Global Warming (University Press of New England); and The Trade-off Myth: Fact and Fiction about Jobs and the Environment (Island Press).

In recent years, Goodstein coordinated national educational events around climate change, engaging over 2,500 colleges, universities, and K-12 schools in the solutions-based dialog.

Professor Goodstein holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Michigan, and a B.A. in Geology from Williams College.

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Jorge Fontanez
Clinical Professor of Marketing, Bard MBA in Sustainability Program
Session: The Impact of Academia in Creating a Just Working World
Speaker Bio

Jorge is a brand strategist and consultant to social impact entrepreneurs, mission-driven brands, foundations, and nonprofits. Jorge has been a First Movers Fellow since 2014, a program of The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program, the foremost leader in intrapreneurship, shaping business as a force for social good, and he teaches a course on Stakeholders & Marketing at the Bard MBA in Sustainability Program.

Jorge is committed to multi-stakeholder engagement to transform capitalism, shift organizational culture, and arm the next generation of business leaders with the tools they need to achieve racial equity and environmental justice.

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Jade Magnus Ogunnaike
Senior Director of the Media, Culture, and Economic Justice at Color Of Change
Holding Business Accountable in Creating a Just Economy
Speaker Bio

Jade is the Senior Director of the Media, Culture, and Economic Justice team at Color of Change. Initially starting as a Campaign Manager at COC, she has created and won key campaigns and victories at the organization, including #BlackWomensBrunch: a field event bringing together thousands of Black women across the country, #DropRKelly: the three-year-long campaign to get R. Kelly dropped from RCA Records, #QuitTheCouncil: the first campaign to convince a member of Trump’s business council to leave, and successfully strategized to convince five of largest wedding platforms to no longer feature plantation weddings content. Most recently, Jade led a successful campaign to convince Zoom to hire their first Chief Diversity Officer and created the #BeyondTheStatement hub: a set of campaigns designed to demand that corporations back up their verbal support of racial justice with a living wage.

Before Color of Change, Jade worked as a labor organizer at SEIU organizing nursing home workers, home healthcare aides, and adjunct professors. She is a Los Angeles native, Howard University graduate, and founding member of BYP100. In her spare time, she enjoys design, cooking, spending time with her husband and daughter, Sloane.

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Bernell Grier
Executive Director, IMPACCT Brooklyn
Building Infrastructure for a Just and Equitable Economy
Speaker Bio

Community and Economic Development Leader and former banking professional dedicated to advancing housing stability, economic mobility, racial equity, and overall societal advancement.

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Emily Robichaux
Chief Financial Officer, Groundswell
Building Infrastructure for a Just and Equitable Economy
Speaker Bio

In her role as Groundswell’s Chief Financial Officer, Emily manages the organization’s finances, advances community solar market transformation through values-based project finance, and leads the development and delivery of Groundswell’s subscriber management services. Highlights of her work include leading project finance research for LIFT Solar Everywhere, a three-year DOE-funded research project led by Groundswell that will rapidly expand access to solar for income-qualifying households; developing Groundswell’s proprietary SharePower subscriber management platform that leverages Human-Centered Design to put the “community” back in community solar; and directing Groundswell’s engagement with the DC Department of Energy and Environment to deliver clean energy savings to more than 3,000 local households.

Prior to beginning her full-time role at Groundswell, Emily held a Clean Energy Fellowship with the organization from June 2017 to June 2018. She was a 2016-2017 Net Impact Healthy Food Fellow, providing resiliency consulting services to the DC Central Kitchen, and she was a member of the winning team of the 2017 Columbia University Energy Symposium Case Competition, which focused on virtual power plant market entry.

Emily received her MBA in Sustainability from Bard College and holds dual bachelor’s degrees in French Studies and Government from Smith College. She was honored to have received the 2018 Bard MBA L. Hunter Lovins Award for her work with Groundswell during this time for her commitment to advancing social justice as an essential element of the clean energy transition. Emily also received an American Association of University Women Career Development Grant in support of her graduate studies. A native of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she has lived in D.C. since 2005.

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Sarah Rose Bodley
Executive Director, reSET Social Enterprise Trust
Building Infrastructure for a Just and Equitable Economy
Speaker Bio

Sarah is a nonprofit professional with over a decade of experience leading organizations focused on entrepreneurship and the arts. A Connecticut native, she joined reSET Social Enterprise Trust in late 2018 as Executive Director, where she works to advance the social enterprise sector.

She has previously served as Executive Director of Empowered Women International in Washington, DC, and led the organization through its merger with the Latino Economic Development Center, where she subsequently served as an Associate Director.

Prior to her work in DC, she served as Executive Director of Doug Varone and Dancers (DOVA, Inc.), a world-renowned modern dance company based in New York City. She has also had the pleasure of consulting for nonprofits including the Connecticut Center for Nonviolence, Women’s Education Project, and Community Development International. Sarah is passionate about systems change, sustainability, equality and justice, and believes that business should be a positive force for change in the world. A former professional modern dancer, Sarah earned a BFA in Dance from SUNY Purchase and an MBA in Sustainability from Bard College.

Marcos Salazar Moderator
Marcos Salazar – Host
CEO & Co-Founder, Be Social Change
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Speaker Bio

Marcos Salazar (@marcossalazar) is a serial social entrepreneur, career coach, speaker, and community-builder. For as long as Marcos has been working in the social impact space, he has also been building businesses.

Marcos has worked in research and leadership development at the American Psychological Association, Girl Scouts, and the White House Project (promoting women to run for office). He is also the founder of two t-shirt companies, a number of social impact blogs, and the author of two books.

Through Be Social Change, Marcos taps into his entrepreneur’s creativity and social good inspiration to help people find and do meaningful work and lead more sustainable lifestyles.

Marcos earned a degree from Amherst College and a Masters in Organizational Management and an Executive Leadership Coaching certificate from The George Washington University. You can learn more about him at www.marcossalazar.com.