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That's a wrap on Allyship to Impact, part of PowerToFly's Diversity Reboot virtual summit series! Whether you were able to join us live and engage with our amazing lineup of leaders in antiracism and inclusion education or you will be watching the recordings of our conversations at a later date, we sincerely thank you for your interest in this vital topic. We hope that you were able to walk away feeling empowered with new information, new connections, and new opportunities. Only together can we take the actionable steps towards creating a more diverse and inclusive workplace.
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by Elijah Cummings, Forward by Nancy Pelosi, Afterward by Maya Rockeymoore Cummings
A message from Dr. Maya Rockeymoore Cummings:
My late husband Congressman Elijah E. Cummings was a profoundly decent man whom I deeply admired and loved with all my heart. His tragic death from thymic cancer at the age of 68 was a heart-wrenching loss for his family, constituents, colleagues, and the nation. A son of Baltimore who rose to become an esteemed lawyer, Maryland state legislator, and member of the U.S. House of Representatives, at the time of his death Elijah chaired the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, a primary investigative body of the Congress. It is with immense pride and profound gratitude that I announce the September 22nd publication of his book, We're Better Than This: My Fight for the Future of Our Democracy, written in collaboration with Baltimore writer James Dale and published by HarperCollins. Elijah and Jim worked on this book throughout the last year of his life which considering the intensity of his work and his health challenges, is a testament to his strength of will and an example of values-based leadership at its finest. Featuring life lessons that fueled Elijah's pain, passion, and purpose, the book also details his fight to root out corruption in government and contains his dire warning about the threat that Donald J. Trump represents to the American people and U.S. democracy. With a foreword written by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and an afterword written by me, this must-read book provides a roadmap to help you understand the significance of the man, the gravity of the moment, and what we must all do to save our families, communities, and the country. Last but certainly not least, I am excited and honored to announce that world-renowned actor Laurence Fishburne provides a masterful interpretation of Elijah's voice in the audio version of the book.
by Tiffany Dufu
Once the poster girl for doing it all, after she had her first child, Tiffany Dufu, a renowned voice in the women's leadership movement, struggled to accomplish everything she thought she needed to in order to succeed. Like so many driven and talented women who have been brought up to believe that to have it all, they must do it all, Tiffany began to feel that achieving her career and personal goals was an impossibility. Eventually, she discovered the solution: letting go. In Drop the Ball, Tiffany recounts how she learned to reevaluate expectations, shrink her to-do list, and meaningfully engage the assistance of others—freeing the space she needed to flourish at work and to develop deeper, more meaningful relationships at home.
by Julie Lythcott-Haims
Having tackled a far-reaching parenting crisis with her New York Times bestselling How to Raise an Adult, Lythcott-Haims is back with an equally powerful and persuasive book for the adult children of those hovering parents--and for everyone who struggles to be a grown-up in these challenging times. What does it mean to be a "grownup"? And how do we define success? For generations, the milestones were easy to pinpoint: college graduation, if possible, a steady nine-to-five, home ownership; marriage; and children not long after. For those entering adulthood today, expectations and hopes are sometimes as rigid and high-pressure as they ever were, but the realities and the options have changed. Many choose to pursue careers and passions that diverge from desk jobs, joining the escalating gig economy; many live at home with family to save money in the face of staggering student debt; and others begin struggling with how or whether raise their own children in a time of steep economic inequality and climate change. When it comes to essential, basic skills such as dating and building friendships, or learning to channel one's energy into being an informed and responsible citizen, well, it's harder than ever to focus and figure things out. Into this swirl of anxiety and inexperience steps Julie Lythcott-Haims. A former Stanford dean of freshman and undergraduate adviser and author of the perennial bestseller How to Raise an Adult, Lythcott-Haims has encountered hundreds of twentysomethings who feel they're just playing the part of "adult," while struggling in silence with stress and general unease. In How to Be an Adult, she offers inspiration and practical strategies for how to face pervasive insecurities--from the terror of being in charge or of meeting new people to quandaries about how to achieve financial independence, cope with traumas, or discover what gives us joy.
by Maëlle Gavet
Trampled by Unicorns: Big Tech's Empathy Problem and How to Fix It explores how technology has progressed humanity's most noble pursuits, while also grappling with the origins of the industry's destructive empathy deficit and the practical measures Big Tech can take to self-regulate and make it right again. Author Maëlle Gavet examines the tendency for many of Big Tech's stars to stray from their user-first ideals and make products that actually profoundly damage their customers and ultimately society.
by Camille T. Dungy
An award-winning African American poet debuts in prose with a stunningly graceful and honest exploration of race, motherhood, and history. As a working mother whose livelihood as a poet-lecturer depended on travel, Camille Dungy crisscrossed America with her infant, then toddler, intensely aware of how they are seen, not just as mother and child, but as black women. With a poet's eye, she celebrates her daughter's acquisition of language and discoveries of the natural and human world around her. At the same time history shadows her steps everywhere she goes: from the San Francisco of settlers' and investors' dreams to the slave-trading ports of Ghana; from snow-white Maine to a festive, yet threatening, bonfire in the Virginia pinewoods. With exceptional candor and grace, Dungy explores our inner and outer worlds―the intimate and vulnerable experiences of raising a child, living with illness, conversing with strangers, and counting on others' goodwill. Across the nation, she finds fear and trauma, and also mercy, kindness, and community. Penetrating and generous, Guidebook to Relative Strangers is an essential guide for a troubled land.
by Nadia Owusu
by Shauna Gordon-McKeon & Elena Popova
When magic runs wild on Darling Street and Ajax the Dog gets scared, he barks out "woof, woof!" (that's dog for "help, help!") and Super Princess comes to the rescue. She shows Ajax that with a little love and empathy, there's nothing to be scared of. One day, Mom and Dad ask Sam if they can meet Super Princess. Their love and empathy show Sam that there's nothing to be scared of. She learns that Super Princess can save the day as well as the night! Super Princess Saves the Night is a children's book about embracing difference and loving people for who they are. It features a trans/gender non-conforming character, her supportive parents, her big silly dog, and a variety of magical household items. All proceeds from this book are being donated to the Trans Women of Color Collective.
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We empower leaders and teams to lead inclusively and authentically, through modern, interactive, and action-oriented workshops.
Using my 10+years of experience in coaching and my knowledge and expertise as an intersectional feminist and scholar, I utilize a holistic approach that considers your community experiences while also drawing attention to the systems and institutions that may hinder personal growth and development.
A consulting practice looking for social transformation within religious and faith spaces in support of justice, equity and affirmation for all. Through facilitation, training, and coaching my practice works short and long term with faith and religious institutions to explore and implement changes towards reaching the principles stated above.
The Cru is a constellation of women committed to helping each other thrive. We match circles of ten women based on their personality, values, demographics and life goals. Crus coach one another to accelerate their personal and professional growth. You receive structure, exclusive content and a virtual guide to support your Cru with your annual membership.
We are the intersection between business and the political system ensuring that government does not impede your success.
Camille T. Dungy's debut collection of personal essays is Guidebook to Relative Strangers (W. W. Norton, 2017), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. She is also the author of four collections of poetry, most recently Trophic Cascade (Wesleyan UP, 2017), winner of the Colorado Book Award. She was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 2019.
Ellevate works with companies committed to diversity and inclusion, providing an effective framework for companies to be a leader in diversity, attract top talent, and retain high performers through our customized programming, access to career resources, and top notch events.
Floreo is leveraging the power of Virtual Reality to develop a supplementary method of teaching social and communication skills for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Our library of lessons is fun and engaging for the learner, while also providing a supervising adult the opportunity to monitor and track the learner's progress. Floreo is currently being used by schools, therapy practices, and parents. Floreo's lessons are science-based; we are currently running several research studies including a study in collaboration with the Center for Autism Research at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and National Institutes of Health.
Maëlle Gavet has been a leading technology executive and entrepreneur for over 15 years. One of the tech industry's brightest stars, Maëlle Gavet has been named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, one of Fortune's 40 Under 40, one of the Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company and was fifth among Time magazine's List of the Top 25 'Female Techpreneurs'. After six years as a Principal at the Boston Consulting Group she went on to become CEO of OZON.ru, Russia's largest e-commerce site, and executive VP of operations of the Priceline Group, the largest online and travel agency in the world which includes brands like OpenTable, Kayak, and Booking.com.
Jackie Gordon is a combat veteran, an educator, a public servant, and a community leader. Jackie was born in Jamaica, West Indies, and grew up in Queens, NY. While in college and teaching in local schools, she enlisted in the United States Army Reserve. Over her 29-year career in the Armed Forces, Jackie served our country overseas as a platoon leader in Germany during Operation Desert Storm, as an operations officer at Guantanamo Bay during the Global War on Terror, as a battle captain in Baghdad during the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, and as Commander of the 310th Military Police Battalion in Afghanistan in 2012. She retired from the Army Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. Gordon spent three decades working in New York public schools, and has earned degrees in education from Hunter College and Queens College. As a former guidance counselor at Wilson Technological Center in Farmingdale, Jackie has mentored and advised Long Island high schoolers, guiding them into productive lives, into college, and into the workforce. From 2007 to 2020, she served on the Babylon Town Council, where she worked to direct resources to veterans and military families as Chair of the Veterans Advisory Council, pushed for the revitalization of Wyandanch Village, which has breathed new life into the community, and helped raise nearly $1 million for the Wounded Warriors Project through the annual Soldier Ride in Babylon. Jackie lives in Copiague with her son Augustus. Her daughter, Kerrianne, is a Captain in the U.S. Air Force.
Hook & Fasten is a social impact consulting firm that builds transformational partnerships between communities and corporations around the globe. We craft custom programs, initiatives and campaigns that help clients be authentic, intentional, mindful and results-oriented in their impact and giving.
Our mission is to work for and ensure the physical, mental, spiritual, political, cultural and economic survival and growth of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender people of color communities.
Karat is on a mission to engineer a better technical interview, and assess the world's talent. We are the first dedicated marketplace for technical interviewers. Karat's network of seasoned engineers conduct the first rounds of technical interviews for elite engineering companies. Our robust platform removes bias from the hiring process and saves teams thousands of valuable hours while allowing them to focus on top performing candidates. Karat's unique approach recognizes that people are central to the hiring process and that they can be supercharged by leveraging machine learning and our rich database of the world's interviews.
Leadership for Educational Equity is a nonprofit leadership development organization inspiring & supporting a network of civic leaders to end the injustice of educational inequity.
LEVICK is one of the world's leading independent strategic communications, public affairs, and business advisory consulting firms.
Living Cities harnesses the collective power of philanthropy, financial institutions and local governments to close racial income and wealth gaps in American cities.
Julie Lythcott-Haims believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult. Her TED Talk on the subject was one of the top talks of 2016, and in 2020 she became a regular contributor with CBS This Morning on parenting.
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The oldest Black newspaper in the country that offers the "New Black View" within local, national and international news for the Black community.
Calista Phair, LLC is a business that provides talent recruitment implementation plans, diversity, equity and inclusion, business coaching, change management strategies, business sales generation strategies, and workforce training. These services are in place to ultimately provide businesses with the opportunity to recruit talent and more so provide others with the tools to advance their career, grow a business, and maximize their full potential.
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Dr. Tana M. Session is an award-winning International Speaker, Executive-level Performance Coach, Best-selling Author, recognized Inclusion, Diversity & Multigenerational Thought Leader and Media Contributor. She has been recognized by Huffington Post as a "Top Female Expert to Follow;" by Forbes as a "Top Diversity & Inclusion Business Leader;" and by Fond.co as a "Top 10 Company Culture Consultant."
I'm Mira-- a queer white Jewish woman and third-generation San Franciscan. I have dedicated my life to building strong and diverse communities, developing white antiracist consciousness and courage, and creating opportunities for societal transformation. I co-create solutions with my clients; we turn some of the biggest issues into opportunities for change and growth.
Janna Meyrowitz Turner founded Style House in 2006 as a boutique antithesis to high-stress public relations offices that didn't breed creativity, loyalty or progress. For over a decade Style House has been partnering with female-forward startups and corporations that turn our entrepreneurial business brains into overdrive to move society forward.
Trans Women of Color Collective (TWOCC) was created to cultivate economic opportunities and affirming spaces for trans people of color and our families, to foster kinship, build community engage in healing and restorative justice through arts, culture, media, advocacy and activism.
Trifecta Media Group provides small businesses with the integrated marketing support they need to be their best. We believe in personalized service that hones in on the needs and vision of our clients.
viBe Theater Experience (viBe) provides girls, young women, and nonbinary youth of color (aged 13-25) in New York City with free, high quality artistic, leadership and academic opportunities. viBe works to empower its participants to write and perform original theater, video and music about the real-life issues they face daily. viBe's performing arts and training programs provide the platform for participants to amplify their voices and "speak truth to power", by creating an artistic response to the world around them.
The Vixen is a multi-talented performer dedicated to making the world a better place. Growing up on the South Side of Chicago, her art has always been intertwined with social justice and activism. An accomplished drag queen, songwriter, fashion designer and dancer, she credits her creative family for her love of the arts. As a student at Columbia College in Chicago, Vixen learned the makeup skills it took to create her growing drag persona. After turning 21, her athletic performance style quickly gained her attention in the Chicago drag scene. Through hard work and dedication The Vixen has become an influential member of Chicago's gay community - interviewed by many publications for her unique style and outspoken viewpoint. As a rapper, her bold lyrics and intricate delivery has earned her national attention for her show-stopping collaborations. Her proudest achievement is creating BlackGirlMagic, a drag concert, where queens of color can celebrate their unique experiences through storytelling and performance.
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Heidi Sager loves math, but she also loves working with people.
She always has, which is why she enjoyed her part-time job working at the IT department of the University of Colorado while she was studying electrical engineering. (She'd started in computer science, but explains that it "wasn't for her" and switched her major.) She helped students and professors with word processors, basic programming, and software checkout, and took a full-time job after graduation as a UNIX system administrator.
Working at Relativity—the global tech company that equips legal and compliance professionals with a powerful data-organizing and discovery platform—looked different in 2020. The highly collaborative environment of their Chicago headquarters transitioned to a virtual setting, and just like companies around the country, Relativity adapted their goals and major projects to a completely remote environment.
Diversity Reboot 2021: The One Hundred Day Kickoff<p><strong>When</strong>: February 1-5, 2021</p><p><strong>Where</strong>: Virtual</p><p><strong>Price to register:</strong> Free!</p><p><strong>Where to register: </strong><a href="https://summit.powertofly.com/" target="_blank">Here</a></p><p>We had to include our own Diversity Reboot on our list of the best diversity and inclusion events to attend in 2021 because we know firsthand how the quality of 100+ expert speakers, the enthusiasm of 10,000 participants, and the cutting-edge tech that enables meaningful virtual networking and job fairs combine to create a truly epic five-day experience. This year, the theme 100 Day Kickoff harnesses the energy of the new government's first 100 days in office to help jump-start personal and professional plans to build more diverse and inclusive workplaces. </p><p>Following the February summit, we'll have a monthly series of smaller virtual summits on topics spanning everything from returnships to LGBTQ+ advocacy, so be sure to stay tuned for updates!<br></p>
The Future of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 2021<p><strong>When</strong>: February 3-4, 2021</p><p><strong>Where</strong>: Virtual</p><p><strong>Price to register:</strong> Free</p><p><strong>Where to register:</strong> <a href="https://www.hr.com/en/webcasts_events/virtual_events/upcoming_virtual_events/the-future-of-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-2021_kcxf8glq.html#detail" target="_blank">Here</a></p><p>This virtual conference put on by HR.com focuses on how social movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter have pushed DEI at work beyond legal compliance and into a major factor of any company or brand's culture, employee engagement, and performance. Topics include how to uncover and resolve pay gaps across your team and hire top-level diverse talent.</p>
Workplace Revolution: From Talk to Collective Action<p><strong>When</strong>: March 8-12, 2021</p><p><strong>Where</strong>: Virtual</p><p><strong>Price to register: </strong>$820</p><p><strong>Where to register:</strong> <a href="https://cvent.me/ZQ4BbE" target="_blank">Here</a></p><p>The Forum on Workplace Inclusion's 33rd annual conference includes 12 session tracks, from DEI Strategy to Social Responsibility, along with 59 workshops and daily networking sessions. This year's theme focuses on one question: "What will it take to start a workplace revolution that moves us from talk to action?"</p>
Diversity: How Employers Can Match Words With Deeds<p><strong>When</strong><strong>: </strong>May 19, 2021</p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Virtual</p><p><strong>Price to register</strong><strong>: </strong>Early bird registration is $49 and general admission is $149</p><p><strong>Where to register:</strong> <a href="https://hopin.com/events/may-virtual-conference-diversity-how-employers-can-match-words-with-deeds" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Here</a></p><p>From Day One is hosting monthly conferences in 2021 focused on different ways for companies to foster strong relationships with their customers, communities, and employees. May's half-day virtual event is focused specifically on how companies can make diversity promises that don't fall flat and features workshops, panels, and a fireside chat.</p>
Hire with Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion<p><strong>When:</strong> August 18, 2021</p><p><strong>Where: </strong>Virtual</p><p><strong>Price to register: </strong>$195</p><p><strong>Where to register:</strong> <a href="https://www.hci.org/conferences/2021-virtual-conference-hire-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-august-18-2021" target="_blank">Here</a></p><p>This conference put on by the Human Capital Institute is one of 12 virtual conferences that HCI has planned for 2021. This one focuses on fair and inclusive talent acquisition, including how to attract diverse talent, implement inclusive hiring practices, and addressing bias in employee selection. Other conferences will focus on optimizing talent strategy, engaging employees, and developing your workforce.</p>
Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration 2021<p><strong>When:</strong> September 26-29, 2021</p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Virtual, broadcast from Chicago, Illinois</p><p><strong>Price to register:</strong> Was $799 for regular access to the virtual conference in 2020; 2021 pricing hasn't yet been announced</p><p><strong>Where to register:</strong> <a href="https://ghc.anitab.org/attend/registration/" target="_blank">Here</a>, though 2021 registration wasn't live at the time of writing</p><p>Grace Hopper might be the best-known conference for women in tech. Through keynote presentations, networking sessions, job fairs, and community-building activities, vGHC reached over 30,000 women for their 2020 conference and are expecting even more in 2021! While not a conference focused exclusively on diversity and inclusion, many speakers plan to focus their talks on creating environments for women to thrive in the male-dominated tech field.</p>
Inclusion 2021<p><strong>When:</strong> October 25-27, 2021</p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Virtual and in person in Austin, Texas as of now</p><p><strong>Price to register:</strong> Hasn't yet been announced</p><p><strong>Where to register: </strong><a href="https://conferences.shrm.org/inclusion" target="_blank">Here</a>, though 2021 registration wasn't live at the time of writing</p><p>The Society for Human Resource Management's biggest conference of the year saw 1,200 DEI leaders participate last year; SHRM hopes to see even more come to learn, be inspired, and to walk away with a playbook of implementable strategies to create truly inclusive workplace cultures.</p>
AfroTech 2021<p><strong></strong><strong>When:</strong> November 8-13, 2021</p><p><strong>Where:</strong> Virtual</p><p><strong>Price to register:</strong> Early bird pricing is $149 for individuals and $249 for corporate attendees; regular pricing hasn't yet been announced</p><p><strong>Where to register:</strong> <a href="https://experience.afrotech.com/" target="_blank">Here</a></p><p>AfroTech is a conference hosted by Blavity, a tech media platform for Black millennials. It focuses on emerging tech trends, connecting Black talent with top tech recruiters, and providing networking and educational opportunities, with an overall goal of building a strong Black tech community. Over 10,000 people participated in 2020. While the conference isn't focused specifically on DEI, its main audience of Black tech talent is an important one to understand and to engage at work and beyond, and several speakers plan to focus on issues of race and inclusion at work. </p>
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