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April 23-25, 2024  |  Virtual Summit

Justice for all is not just a pledge. It's a vision. It's a commitment. It's action. The Second Annual Racial Justice at Work Summit is exploring who we need to be, what we need to know, and what we need to do to make justice for all a reality. 

Members of our community have expressed concerns about the timing of The Winters Group’s 2024 Racial Justice at Work Summit, which coincides with Passover, a major Jewish holiday that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery. As the Founder and CEO of The Winters Group, I take ownership of this oversight and humbly thank those who shared their concerns with us. I apologize for this regrettable mistake and recognize the impact, especially now with the abhorring rise in antisemitism in our country. 

While we cannot change our dates, we have plans to recognize Passover on the first day of the summit with a virtual multicultural Seder. We are also organizing sessions on antisemitism. In these especially troubling times, we are committed to not only acknowledging but also ensuring that we address the history of exclusion and hate faced by the Jewish community and other groups with education and empathy at the summit. 

I would like to again apologize for this misstep. Thank you all for your unwavering commitment to justice.  

 

Yours Inclusively, 

Mary-Frances Winters 

Founder and CEO 

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole

Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole, noted anthropologist, educator, author, speaker, recipient of 70 honorary degrees, previous President of both Spelman College and Bennett College, and recipient of the National Humanities Medal by President Joseph R. Biden

Minal Bopaiah 

Minal Bopaiah, speaker, founder of Brevity & Wit, and author of Equity: How to Design Organizations Where Everyone Thrives, which was awarded the 2022 Terry McAdam Book Award for the book most likely to change the way nonprofit professionals work

Jane Elliott

Jane Elliott, internationally acclaimed diversity educator and recipient of the National Mental Health Association Award for Excellence in Education, known for her "Blue Eyes/Brown Eyes" exercise

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, and founding director of the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Bestselling author of How to Be an Antiracist, and Stamped from the Beginning, among others

Minda Harts

Minda Harts, TedX speaker, assistant professor of public service at NYU, and bestselling author of The Memo, Right Within, and You Are More Than Magic

Mary-Frances Winters

Mary-Frances Winters, Founder and CEO of The Winters Group and author of Black FatigueWe Can't Talk About That at WorkInclusive Conversations, and more

Molly Burke

Molly Burke, speaker, content creator, model, author, advocate, and pioneer of a space for the disability community online, being the first blind person to hit one million followers on social media

Rob Smith 

Rob Smith, CEO and Founder of PHLUID (The Phluid Project, GET Phluid, and The Phluid Phoundation), combining his retail profession with his commitment to social justice, realized by opening the world's first gender-free store and fighting for legislation for nonbinary retail spaces

Dr. Ruha Benjamin

Dr. Ruha Benjamin, Alexander Stewart 1886 Professor of African American Studies at Princeton University, founding director of the Ida B. Wells Just Data Lab, and author of the award-winning book Race After Technology, and Viral Justice, among others

$799 Tier 2 (On-sale now)

 

$899 Tier 3 (Not Available)

$999 Tier 4 (Not Available)

Registration will be sold in four allotments. Once a tier is sold out, it automatically moves to the next price tier. All prices are in US dollars. Speakers and lineup are subject to change. All registrations include:

Access to all three days of virtual content and programming

Access to all breakouts, activities, and entertainment

Access to all networking opportunities and sponsors

90-day access to all summit recordings once they are available

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3 Virtual Days of Inspiration, Innovation, and Connection

Day 1: Setting the Record Straight

The stars we wish on, dream by, and navigate with are the same stars our ancestors saw long ago. The first day of the Summit we will explore the idea of Sankofa. This term comes from the Asante Twi language of the Akan people of Ghana and describes the belief that we must remember and learn from the past to build the future. The path towards justice for ALL has been long and winding. Join us as we listen, remember, and learn from the lessons of the past to help shape our collective vision of the future, where justice for all is a reality. 

Day 2: Unmute and Speak Your Truth

Together we need to speak boldly into our truth and tell our stories. When we are heard we are empowered and, in turn, empower others. It might seem that voices driven by fear, ignorance, or hatred are the loudest, shouting over others. By lifting our voices together, we assure we won't be silenced. Day 2 confronts us with today's reality: Together we need to speak boldly into our truths and tell our stories. We will strategize together how we can respond to resistance and address the backpedaling, retracting, and flat-out failure to honor diversity, equity, and justice commitments so many organizations made. We will address the realities impacting the present and lift up the voices of marginalized people who are fighting for change. 

Day 3: And Still We Rise

As we reimagine a new future that centers equity and justice, where all people are celebrated for their authentic selves, we will be constructing a bold new conception of what is possible. Courageously, we will rise together to break down visible and invisible systems of oppression that are holding us back from our long-held vision of the future — a vision of justice for all. 

Opening: 10 am ET / 9 am CT / 8 am MT / 7 am PT

Closing: 5:30 pm ET / 4:30 pm CT / 3:30 pm MT / 2:30 pm PT

 

  • 7 Powerful keynotes by award-winning scholars, futurists, and business experts
  • 60+ Immersive sessions to educate and transform
  • Roundtable discussions by industry experts to challenge and reimagine
  • Deep dives into DEIJ topics such as race, religion, gender identity, disability rights, and more
  • Performances from artists who teach, uplift, and energize
  • Opportunities to focus on wellness and well-being
  • Networking to build community

Balancing Act: Safeguarding Freedom of Speech While Denouncing Hate Speech in Higher Education  

In this concurrent session, we’ll delve into the complex dynamics surrounding the fine lines between freedom of speech and hate speech. Join us as we engage in candid dialogue, examining how universities navigate these sensitive issues, uphold principles of academic freedom, and foster inclusive campus environments. Explore strategies for promoting constructive discourse, addressing bias and discrimination, and cultivating understanding among diverse student populations. Takeaways will include insights from expert panelists and fellow attendees for navigating the challenges and opportunities inherent in fostering respectful dialogue amidst geopolitical tensions. 

Panel Moderator: Dr. Adrienne Morgan, Chief Diversity Officer, The University of Rochester 

 

Breaking Barriers: Advancements in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Financial Services  

Discover the latest innovations and initiatives driving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in the financial services sector. In this session, we’ll engage with industry leaders and experts as we explore strategies for fostering diverse talent pipelines, promoting equitable opportunities, and cultivating inclusive workplace cultures. Join us to gain actionable insights that propel DEI efforts forward in the dynamic landscape of financial services. 

Panel Moderator: Rebecca Robinson, Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia 

 

Breaking the Chains: Unveiling the Reality of Health Care Inequities 

Join us for an eye-opening exploration of health equity issues, focusing on disparities in outcomes among marginalized communities. Delve into the critical importance of including diverse populations in clinical trials, embedding equity into functional business strategies, and educating clinicians to confront biases. Together, let's pave the way for more inclusive and equitable health care systems that prioritize the well-being of all individuals, regardless of their social or demographic identities.  

Panel Moderator: Pamela Abner, Senior Vice President, Chief Diversity Operations Officer and System Health Equity Officer, Mount Sinai Health Systems 

 

Equity in the Headlines: Working on the Frontlines of the Culture Wars  

From polarizing Supreme Court decisions on abortion and affirmative action to the alarming rise in race- and religion-based hate speech, the need for a free and fair press that can speak truth to power is more urgent than ever. Given that many of these politically charged topics disproportionately impact people of color and other historically marginalized groups, how can we ensure that their voices and concerns are centered in the news and analyses we read, listen to, and watch? In this session, panelists will discuss DEI efforts in the media, highlighting the challenges and progress being made in an industry that influences everyday narratives and sits at the very heart of protecting democracy. 

Panel Moderator: Gabrielle Gayagoy Gonzalez, Marketing and PR Strategist at The Winters Group and Co-Chair of the American Society of Journalists and Authors Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusion Task Force 

 

From Crisis to Connection: Navigating Turbulent Times as DEI Practitioners  

What is the role of a DEI practitioner in response to devastating national and global events? From the murder of George Floyd to the overturning of Roe v. Wade to the war in Gaza and more, DEI leaders are increasingly tasked with addressing divisive events that require a nuanced, multilayered approach. The role of a DEI practitioner involves providing support, fostering dialogue, and promoting inclusivity, but how do we hold space for those who have different polarizing views? In this session, panelists will invite DEI practitioners to contemplate the turbulent times we find ourselves in, reflect on their own worldview, and offer strategies for effectively addressing the mounting crises that impact our work. 

Panel Moderator: Mark Fowler, Interfaith/Interspiritual Minister and Chief Executive Officer of Tanenbaum 

 

Global Perspectives: Empowering Black Women of the Diaspora 

Join us for an insightful panel delving into the shared experiences and unique challenges faced by Black women from the Caribbean, Africa, and beyond. We’ll explore commonalities, address barriers, and devise strategies for overcoming obstacles to success in global environments. How can we bond as sisters as a part of the global majority to advance justice? 

Panel Moderator: Cherine Haynes, Wellness Development Practitioner and Certified Holistic Wellness Coach 

 

Retail Realities: Tackling Racism and Other Isms  

The products we buy in stores and our experiences shopping for them are shaped by a vast retail industry that represents one of the most diverse workforces. With many workers of color and other marginalized groups still reeling from the instability of the pandemic, intentional efforts are needed to ensure those with marginalized identities in the retail industry are supported and feel that they belong. In this discussion, panelists from different retail sectors discuss the setbacks and innovations they’ve experienced when it comes to DEI and retail, from making space for authentic self-expression to ensuring key business decisions center the workers and customers most impacted by racism, sexism, ableism, and other forms of discrimination. 

Panel Moderator: TBA 

 

Trailblazers Unite: Honoring the Legacy of DEI Pioneers   

Join us for a riveting panel discussion featuring some of the O.G.s (Original Gangsters) in the diversity, equity, and inclusion space. These visionaries will delve into the rich history of DEI, recounting past triumphs, enduring challenges, and pivotal moments that have shaped our journey. Gain invaluable insights into how understanding our history empowers us to overcome obstacles and drive meaningful progress forward. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from the trailblazers who paved the way for a more inclusive and equitable future. 

Panel Moderator: Julie O’Mara, Co-Author of The Global Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Benchmarks (GDEIB) 

 

Unpacking the Current State of Educational Equity in America: The BIPOC Student Experience 

Join us for an enlightening panel discussion that delves deep into the present landscape of education in America. With its vast diversity, evolving technologies, and ever-changing sociopolitical dynamics, the American education system stands at a critical juncture, and continues to show disparate results for students of color. This session brings together esteemed experts from various educational backgrounds to dissect the challenges, triumphs, and future directions of education in the United States. Through engaging dialogue and insightful analysis, attendees will gain a comprehensive understanding of the current realities shaping American education and explore innovative strategies for addressing its most pressing equity issues. Whether you're an educator, policymaker, researcher, parent, or concerned citizen, this session promises to spark thought-provoking discussions and inspire actionable solutions for the betterment of education all. 

Panel Moderator: Valda Valbrun, Chief Executive Officer, The Valbrun Consulting Group 

 

Unveiling Truths: Exposing the Weaponization of DEI   

Brace yourself for a raw, unfiltered discussion as policymakers and DEI advocates unravel the twisted narratives surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. Dive deep into how DEI is being weaponized and distorted, threatening progress. Our panel sets the record straight, debunking myths and highlighting the undeniable benefits of diversity for business success. Don't miss this electrifying session challenging the brutal attacks on our work and reclaiming the power of DEI to drive innovation, profitability, and societal change. 

Panel Moderator: Tyronne Stoudemire, Senior Vice President of Global Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Hyatt Hotels Corporation   

 

What Is Our Best Offense? Addressing the Attacks on DEI: A Legal Perspective 

Join a panel of legal experts for a vital discussion on navigating the increasing challenges to diversity initiatives. Explore strategies to safeguard and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts amidst the evolving legal landscapes that threaten our work. You’ll learn from leading experts and legal scholars as we dissect recent legal attacks, share best practices, and empower attendees to foster inclusive workplaces and communities.  

Panel Moderator: TBA 

Diversity Leaders Unite: Navigating Challenges, Sustaining Momentum  - Invitation-only session

This exclusive three-hour session offers a safe and confidential space for diversity leaders to candidly discuss pressing issues. It will explore strategies to counter increasing layoffs of diversity roles and address pushback and resistance to the work. Leaders can also share successes, challenges, and insights with peers, fostering a supportive community. Together, we'll examine ways to sustain momentum, advocate for meaningful change, and secure support. This invitation-only gathering ensures confidentiality and provides a rare opportunity for CDOs and other DEI leaders to collaborate, strategize, and uplift one another in the vital work of diversity, equity, and inclusion.  

This session will be limited to 50 participants and will become available when agenda selection is live. 

Session Moderators: David Casey, Chief Inclusion and Social Impact Officer at Tapestry, and Celeste Warren, Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion Center of Excellence at Merck

 

The Physiology of Inclusion  

The "Physiology of Inclusion™ (POI) session is a pivotal three-hour segment of the Racial Justice at Work Summit: Justice for All. This session integrates diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice principles with holistic self-care strategies tailored to address the challenges faced by practitioners in a volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous (VUCA) world. The POI session will include interactive discussions, experiential exercises such as guided breath work and sound baths, a relational meditation version of Insight Dialogue, and an "Identifying and Emotions and Needs" exercise specifically designed to enhance the resilience, well-being, and effectiveness of participants.  

Presenters: Kevin Carter, Vice President of Strategy and Assessments, and Rochelle Younan-Montgomery, Instructional Designer, both of The Winters Group

 

More to come!

Lineup is subject to change.

And more featured speakers to be announced!

3 Tracks to Fill Your Cup

All sessions and keynotes are included with your registration. We categorized sessions into three tracks to help you plan your live virtual experience more efficiently.

Being

Our “Being” track will explore self-awareness, well-being, and the ways physical, mental, and spiritual health allow us to show up at the table as our full, authentic selves and have Bold, Inclusive Conversations® in the face of polarization and resistance.

Knowing

Our “Knowing” track will remind us of some hard-learned lessons of the past while providing the opportunity to expand our understanding of cultures and norms that can influence how we see the future. 

Doing

The “Doing” track will offer experiences and advice from those bravely forging the path forward to inspire us with ways we can use our spheres of influence for change.

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Be in community with dynamic DEIJ practitioners

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Refill your cup and affirm your path 

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Hear from industry leaders and experts

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Learn how to drive justice-centered culture change

Build your own personalized agenda and choose from sessions that explore:

  • Operationalizing Justice
  • Prioritizing Well-Being and Self-Care
  • Anticipating and Addressing Resistance to DEIJ Work
  • Being a Better Ally and Creating Psychological Safety
  • Using Your Voice for Bold, Inclusive Conversations®
  • And more to come!
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What does "justice for all" mean to you?

To help The Winters Group, Inc., celebrate this amazing accomplishment of 40 years in business, we want to hear from you! What does "justice for all" mean to you? If you're familiar with The Winters Group, Inc., how has our work impacted you? Let us know, and send your wishes and congratulations to Mary-Frances Winters and our team here. Your responses might be featured during the summit!

What people said about the 2023 Racial Justice at Work Summit

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1. You are committed to creating systemic change to foster equity and justice within your organization.

2. You want to connect and network with top leaders in the field.

3. You're looking to prioritize wellness and self-care.

4. You're interested in finding ways to embed equity and justice in the work you do every day.

5. You're curious about being a better ally and want to promote psychological safety while reducing harm.

Living our values

We are committed to modeling equity and making our thought leadership accessible to a broad audience without barriers. Our commitment to financial equity is carrying over in our approach to this summit. We are intentionally pricing this experience at a point to make this content accessible to as many people as possible while honoring the efforts of our team to actualize the experience. If you are able, we ask you to join us in this commitment to help us create a movement toward equity and justice accessible to all by choosing to "pay it forward" and contributing to our scholarship fund during the registration process.

Do you need support to attend?

If the registration fees present a hardship or you need financial support to attend, The Winters Group, in partnership with our generous sponsors, will be providing a limited number of financial awards to those who request support. You can use this form for your request. Notifications will be made on a rolling basis, and all awards are on a first come, first served basis.

FAQ

  1. Will the summit be recorded?
    • Yes! The summit sessions are being recorded, and your registration entitles you to access them for 90 days once they become available.
  2. How will I be able to access the recorded sessions?
    • Once the summit is complete, you will receive an email outlining how to access the recorded content. Your registration entitles you to 90 days of access once they are available.
  3. Why are tickets non-refundable?
    • We have worked hard to keep this summit as affordable as possible. The administrative cost and fees to refund tickets would mean we would have to raise registration prices. Even for those who are unable to attend the sessions live, those who registered will still have access to all recorded sessions for 90 days once they are available. 
  4. How do I sponsor a scholarship for an additional attendee?
    • During registration there is a "pay it forward" option where you can choose to contribute to a fund to sponsor additional attendees by adding an additional dollar am0unt to your registration. This money goes into our community giving pool and will be provided to people requesting support on a first-come, first-served basis. Any amount that remains unclaimed after the summit will be donated to the Live Inclusively® Actualized grant fund for BIPOC charitable organizations.
  5. Are any sessions in person?
    • No. This is a 100% virtual event. 
  6. How do I find the agenda?
    • Once the agenda is available, you will receive an email to choose your sessions and tracks. It will be updated as new speakers and sessions are added. All sessions will be included in the ticket price.
  7. How do I cancel my registration?
    • This is a non-refundable event; your registration cannot be canceled. You are not obligated to attend live and will still have access to the recorded summit for 90 days after they become available.
  8. What if I can't attend? Can I still contribute to the "pay-it-forward" efforts?
    • ​​​​​​​If you can't attend live, we encourage you to consider purchasing a ticket. All tickets include 90-days of post-event access once the recordings are available and posted. If you still can't attend and would to help provide financial support to others, you can contribute to the pay-it-forward fund here

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Join The Winters Group, Inc., in celebrating 40 years of dedication to justice!

The Winters Group, Inc., is a  Black women-owned and -led diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice consulting firm. Since our founding in 1984, we have guided hundreds of organizations to reject the status quo, interrogate inequities, and dismantle unjust systems. To celebrate our 40 years in business, we're hosting our Racial Justice at Work Summit to look back on where DEI work has been, to address the issues impacting the present, and to reimagine a new future. Learn more about The Winters Group, Inc., here.

To help us celebrate this amazing accomplishment of 40 years in business, send your wishes and congratulations to Mary-Frances Winters and The Winters Group team here.