Virtual Equality Lounge®: Moving From Conversation to Action


The conversation on equality doesn’t stop — and right now,  we need to urgently focus on how to fix the historic, systemic, and pervasive injustices faced by Black people in America every single day. Please join us for a series of virtual sessions focused on how to turn words into action, become true allies, and address racism head-on.



Monday, June 8 

1PM – 1:45PM EDT  Moving From Conversation to Action  
We explore the steps we can take to channel revolutionary feelings and emotions into tangible action steps for change.

Phil Allen, Jr., Pastor, Author, Filmmaker
Nicole Alexander, Professor, Marketing & Technology, New York University and Former SVP Innovation, Ipsos
Shaniqua McClendon, Political Director, Crooked Media
Jacqui Canney, Global Chief People Officer, WPP
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient

4:30PM – 5:15PM EDT Harnessing the Power of Digital Content – Now and Always
How digital content is critical in these times, and how it can help us turn a moment into a movement.

Morgan Lynzi, Founder, Well Damn
Kavita Rai, Activist & Student, USC
Múkami Kinoti Kimotho, Chief Girl Crusader, Founder & CEO, Royelles Inc
Zoe Aerin, Student, USC


Tuesday, June 9

10AM – 10:45AM EDT Want to be an Ally? Steps to True Allyship
True allyship doesn’t just make a statement — it breaks beneath the surface to dismantle oppressive systems of power that hold us back. In this discussion, we explore practical ways to support the fight against injustice over a long-term period.

Todd Sears, Founder and CEO, Out Leadership
Dr. Caroline Heldman, Executive Director, The Representation Project
Azuka Anunkor, Sales Operations & Strategy Senior Manager, Verizon Media
Sherida McMullan, Inclusion & Diversity Tech Leader, Lyft

Ronda Carnegie, Chief Innovation Officer, The Female Quotient

1PM – 1:45PM EDT How to Have Uncomfortable Conversations About Race in the Workplace
It’s better for white people and non-black people of color to show up imperfectly rather than not show up at all. Join us for a conversation on how we can break the silence around racism to activate solutions for change together.

Judith Harrison, Senior Vice President, Diversity & Inclusion, Weber Shandwick
Tanya Joseph, Communications Consultant
Cid Wilson, President & CEO, Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility
Joanna Peña-Bickley, Head of Research & Design, Alexa Devices, Amazon

Anna Blue, Chief Next Gen Officer, The Female Quotient

4PM – 4:45PM EDT  Workplace Microaggressions: The Emotional Tax People of Color Pay
Microagressions reinforce toxic company cultures that leave individuals in the black community undersupported and alienated from their white counterparts. And, the impact of being the ‘Only’ is a phenomenon that is damaging for black women in the workplace. Join us for a discussion on how to spot and shut down microaggressions so that we can create work environments where everyone feels valued.

Laisha Dismuke, Human Capital Consultant
Pooja Jain-Link, Executive Vice President, Center for Talent Innovation
Ebony Thomas, SVP, Market HR and Diversity Strategy Executive, Bank of America
Ginny Clarke, Director, Executive Recruiting, Google
Melinda Briana Epler, Founder & CEO, Change Catalyst


Wednesday, June 10

10AM – 10:45AM EDT  Don’t Just Talk About It, Be About It: How to Put Antiracism into Practice
While it’s nice to speak out against racism and injustice, now is  not the time to simply make a statement. It’s time for individuals and organizations to take concrete action. We explore the ways in which white people and non-black people of color can stand in support of the black community now and moving forward. 

Jill Wesley, Founder, Science + Soul of Speaking
Karen Fleshman, Esq., She/ Her, Founder, Racy Conversations
Dorri McWhorter, CEO, YWCA Metropolitan Chicago
Camille John, SVP Underrepresented Talent Strategy Executive, Bank of America
Amy Ahlers, Women’s Leadership Expert, Speaker, Coach and Author

1PM – 1:45PM EDT Leadership is Not About a Title: How We Can Support Our Black Colleagues 
We often — and justifiably — look to leadership to create more equitable workplaces, but regardless of our title, every one of us has the power to be agents of change through our daily actions.

Esé Ighedosa, President, House of Athlete
Nekpen Osuan, CEO, WomenWerk
Yessenia Morales, Vice President, Global Partnerships, IPG and Kinesso and Co-Chair, IPG Women’s Leadership Network
Janeen Williamson, Associate, Engagement Director, Atlantic 57
Aubrey Blanche, Global Head of Equitable Design & Impact, Culture Amp

4PM – 4:45PM EDT  The Leadership Action Plan to Eliminate Racism
Join us as we discuss the critical role that leaders play in cultivating an anti-racist agenda.

Judith Williams, SVP, Global Head of People Sustainability & Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer, SAP
Laura Gates, Executive Coach/Leadership Trainer, Gates Group LLC
Oona King, VP of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Snap Inc.
Shareka L. Nelson, Head of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Mailchimp
Zuhairah Scott Washington, SVP, Global Head of Strategic Partnerships, Expedia Group

Thai Randolph, EVP & GM, Laugh Out Loud Network
Shelley Zalis, CEO, The Female Quotient


Thursday, June 11

1PM – 1:45PM EDT Rebooting to Advance Representation in Tech
The tech industry is still predominately a man’s world — a white man’s world at that. In 2019, numbers show that women of color made up only approximately 11% of the computing and mathematical workforce, with black women only comprising 3% of the total. While these numbers are on the rise, the pace of progress is slow. We explore what companies can do to make the tech industry more inclusive of women of color.

Heba Mahmoud, Senior Manager, Diversity Initiatives, Consumer Technology Association
Sherika Ekpo, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead, Google AI & Research

Brandon Andrews, Entrepreneur, Global Builder, Speaker and Host
John Tubert, SVP, Technology, R/GA
Dr. Rochelle Williams, Senior Director of Programs, National Society of Black Engineers 

4PM – 4:45PM EDT It Starts at Home: How to Speak to Our Children About Racism
We discuss how to handle conversations about race, racism, diversity  and inclusion, even with very young children —and why these conversations about race need to start early and keep happening.

Grace Harry, Joy Strategist
Heather Anderson, Founder, The Mamahood

Ashton Jones Blue, Student at Washington & Jefferson College
Thamara Ramirez-Walker, Senior Director – Brand Purpose and Experience, Office of the CMO, SAP
Anna Blue, Chief Next Gen Officer, The Female Quotient


Friday, June 12

10AM – 10:45PM Addressing the Pipeline Problem: Creating More Mentorship Opportunities for Black Women
Mentorship programs are critical to building and maintaining a diverse talent pipeline. In this discussion, we talk candidly about overcoming  the obstacles black women face in accessing mentorship.

Julia Taylor Kennedy, Executive Vice President, Center for Talent Innovation
Ahtis Davis, Executive Director, Advancing Black Pathways Program Manager, JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Quincy Brown, PhD., Senior Director of Innovation Research, & Co-Founder, Black ComputHER
Lisa Skeete Tatum, Founder and CEO, Landit
Tiara Ramos, Manager, Talent Management and Culture, HR Ad Sales, NBCUniversal
Ronda Carnegie, Chief Innovation Officer, The Female Quotient

1PM – 1:45PM EDT Building Equitable Wealth and Power
In a society where personal finances have a profound impact on our lives, Black women bear the brunt of wealth inequalities. We explore how to dismantle these systemic barriers, the professional experiences of Black women and how allies can support Black women in personal finance and beyond.

Hope Taitz, CEO, ELY Capital
Toye Wigley, Marketing Director, Chase
Kedra Newsom Reeves, Managing Director & Partner, BCG

Chrissie Gorman, Vice President, Strategic Initiatives, DraftKings

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