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Truth and Transformation 2020 Beyond Diversity and Inclusion: Examining the Limits of the Business Model

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Truth and Transformation 2020
Join us for a virtual conference to explore the questions: Why Diversity and Inclusion practices fail to achieve racial equity in the workplace, and when they succeed, what works? How do companies and consultants effectively transform organizations? The goal of the 2020 conference is to better understand the limitations of the “business case” for Diversity and Inclusion and to explore implications for engaging in racial equity work with greater accountability and in partnership with other sectors.

Friday, October 2, 2020 | 10:00 am to 5:30 pm ET

This event is free and open to the public, advanced registration is required.
Voluntary Donations to the IARA Project are appreciated.

To learn more about the conference, and see a detailed agenda, visit

If you have questions ahead of time for speakers or panelists, you may submit them here.


· Stage
Welcome and Land Acknowledgement
Welcome from Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad, followed by a Land Acknowledgement, and Keynote Address from Professor Pamela Newkirk, Author of Diversity Inc.
Setti  Warren Elizabeth  Solomon Khalil Gibran Muhammad Miriam Aschkenasy
· Stage
Opening Keynote
Keynote Address from Professor Pamela Newkirk, Author of Diversity Inc.
Pamela  Newkirk
· Stage
Panel: Stories from the Field - The Challenges, Hurdles, Media, and Way Forward in Corporate Diversity
Please see our website for detailed information on each speaker:
Tamika Curry Smith Elizabeth  Solomon Laura Marquez Mike Dillon Erica Licht
· Stage
Panel: The Good, The Bad, the Ugly in DI
Please see our website for detailed information on each speaker:
Suraj Yengde Kimberlyn Leary Crystal  Williams Aria Florant Tara  Spann
· Stage
Musical Performance
Join us as you listen to Musical Artist Jason Eskridge and take some time to break bread and chat with other people attending the convening.
Jason  Eskridge
· Networking
Networking Lunch Break
· Stage
Afternoon Remarks
President Ruth J. Simmons, Prairie View A&M University
Ruth  Simmons
· Stage
Panel: Bridging Private Sector and Non Profits/Philanthropy in the DI Sector
Please see our website for detailed information on each speaker:
Kerri Ratcliffe Lori Villarosa   Megan Ming  Francis Michelle  Wonsley-Ford Nia Evans Theo Van Der Loo
· Stage
Closing Keynote
Glenn Singleton, Founder and President, Courageous Conversation About Race
Glenn  Singleton
· Stage
Final Remarks and Closing Performance
Final remarks from Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad followed by a spoken word performance from Dr. Clint Smith, Author of Counting Descent
Khalil Gibran Muhammad Clint  Smith


Tamika Curry Smith

President of The TCS Group, Inc.

Jason Eskridge

Musical Artist

Suraj Yengde

Post Doctoral Fellow, The IARA Project

Kerri Ratcliffe

Collaborator, The IARA Project

Lori Villarosa

Founder and Executive Director of the Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity

Kimberlyn Leary

Senior Vice President at the Urban Institute

Setti Warren

Executive Director at Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

Michelle Wonsley-Ford

Executive Director, Center for Racial Justice in Education

Megan Ming Francis

Moderator: Associate Professor, Department of Political Science at the University of Washington

Elizabeth Solomon

Moderator: Director of Administration in the Dept. of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health

Pamela Newkirk

Keynote: Professor Pamela Newkirk, Journalist, author of Diversity, INC: The Fight for Racial Equality in the Workplace

Aria Florant

Co-Founder at Liberation Ventures

Nia Evans

Director, Boston Ujima Project

Ruth Simmons

Keynote: Ruth Simmons, President of Prairie View A&M University; Former, President, Brown University

Laura Marquez

Global Lead for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Policy at Google

Mike Dillon

PWC Retired Partner, former Chief Diversity Officer, Harvard University ALI Fellow20/21

Theo Van Der Loo

Former CEO, Bayer Brazil, Founder of Nevele Consulting

Clint Smith

Educator, Staff writer at The Atlantic, and author of Counting Descent

Tara Spann

Chief People and Strategy Officer, MENTOR

Crystal Williams

Moderator: Vice President, Associated Provost of Community & Inclusion Boston University

Glenn Singleton

Keynote: Founder of Pacific Educational Group, author of Courageous Conversations About Race

Erica Licht

Senior Fellow, The IARA Project

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Faculty Director, The IARA Project

Miriam Aschkenasy

Program Director, The IARA Project

The event is over

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The IARA Project at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government

The IARA Project @ShorensteinCtr. @Kennedy_School uses research to promote anti-racism as a core value and institutional norm.

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