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Join VISIONS for our 2022 Spring Summit, Equity in Action, where we will be conversing with a diverse network of field experts and community leaders about the policies and practices that have made a lasting impact within their institutional structures.

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** KEYNOTE SPEAKER: REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER II **

Topics:

  • Board & Governance
  • Recruitment & Hiring
  • Retention and Belonging
  • Strategic Planning

Why attend:

With an influx of organizations looking to prioritize DEI, how do businesses best implement structural changes that not only meet the needs of the industry but are actionable, sustainable, and reliable to the diverse individuals that enhance it.

Attending the summit will:

  • Offer meaningful and practical take-aways you can implement right away that align with your priorities.
  • Connect you with like-minded individuals, share learnings, and unlock new insights.
  • Equip you with the knowledge and strategies that will aid you in shifting systems, mindsets, processes, and policies.

Who is invited: All are welcome!

NOTE: Discounted tickets available for students, non-profits, and individuals on a sliding scale. Please reach out to office@visions-inc.org.

2022 VISIONaries Award recipients are:

Gwen Morris - The Renae Gray Award - Nonprofit leader; Juanita Rodrigues - The Mabel Williams Award - Educator; Yasmin Cruz Ferrine - The Martha White Warren Award - Young Professionals of Color; Amy Lynn Alexander - The Jo Bowens Lewis Award - Culturally Sensitive Mental Health Services; Josie Greene & The Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation - Larsson-Danforth Family Foundation Award - Culturally Responsive Foundation of the Year; Sabina Gonzalez-Erana - Larsson-Danforth Family Foundation Award - Culturally Responsive Philanthropist of the Year; Donna Latson Gittens - The Mary Ann Gale Award - Community Business Leader

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Sponsor $2,000+

  • Verbal recognition of your company by event host during keynote speech
  • Company logo placement during event
  • Company logo on promotional material (digital, social media, & press)
  • Acknowledgement placed on VISIONS website for 12 months+

Silver Sponsor $1,000+

  • Company logo placement during event
  • Company logo on promotional material (digital, social media, & press)
  • Acknowledgement placed on VISIONS website for 12 months+

Bronze Sponsor $500+

  • Company logo on promotional material (digital, social media, & press)
  • Acknowledgement placed on VISIONS website for 12 months+

Inclusion Sponsor $250

  • Help VISIONS to make our programs available to all. Sponsor the costs to provide accommodations for CC, ASL and language interpretation.

 

**Thank you to our current sponsors. We appreciate your support**

Gold: Fenwick Foundation

Silver: C.L. "Max" Nikias

Bronze: Wadye Morton and Gayle Blatt

 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER: REV. DR. WILLIAM BARBER II

Rev. Dr. Barber is the President and Senior Lecturer of Repairers of the Breach; Co- Chair of the Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival; Bishop with The Fellowship of Affirming Ministries; visiting Professor at Union Theological Seminary; and Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary. Rev. Dr. Barber served as president of the North Carolina NAACP and is a former Mel King Fellow at MIT. He is currently Visiting Professor of Public Theology and Activism at Union Theological Seminary and Senior Fellow at Auburn Seminary.

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Jamila Capitman - Retention & Belonging - Panelist

Jamila Batts Capitman, MA, is the Program Innovations Associate and diversity, equity, inclusion consultant at VISIONS Inc . A graduate of the Temple University Africana Studies department, Jamila is the former Director of Multicultural Student programming at Milton Academy and founder of the VISIONS Legacy Project, a national youth development program which empowers participants to view themselves as catalysts for change and social justice. Jamila is an actress, playwright and producer/director, currently who completed her Master’s degree in Drama Therapy at Lesley University in May 2021, where she founded the Lesley University Drama Therapy Black Student Union and the Expressive Therapies Change Team.

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Vernā Myers - Retention and Belonging - Presenter

Vernā Myers is an inclusion strategist, cultural innovator, thought leader, and social commentator. A Harvard-trained lawyer and founder of The Vernā Myers Company, Vernā was recently made VP, Inclusion Strategy at Netflix. In this inaugural role, she helps devise and implement strategies that integrate cultural diversity, inclusion and equity into all aspects of Netflix’s operations worldwide. Vernā is the author of Moving Diversity Forward: How to Go From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing and What If I Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People. Her inspiring TED talk, “How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them,” has been viewed almost 3 million times.

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Gregg Ward -  Retention & Belonging - Panelist 

Gregg Ward is the Founder and Executive Director of the Center for Respectful Leadership and a best-selling, award-winning author, speaker, facilitator, and executive coach with over 25 years of experience serving global companies, governments, and non-profits. Gregg is on a mission to transform lives and organizations through respect and Respectful Leadership TM , psychological safety, emotional, social, and cultural Intelligence, and creating Actively Respectful Cultures (ARC’s).

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Jeremy Thompson Sr. - Retention & Belonging - Panelist

Jeremy is an entrepreneur connecting DEI, financial, and innovative concepts through his startup Little Liberty. He is a lifelong activist dedicated to bridging equity concepts and corporate culture within his lifetime.

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Jude Goldman - Board & Governance - Panelist

Jude is a consultant to grassroots, social justice nonprofits, sharing her expertise in fund & board development through facilitation, training, and mentoring. She served as the Executive Director for The Lenny Zakim Fund for fourteen years and was, previously, the Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Age Coalition. A ‘corporate refugee’, Jude was the Vice-President for Communications Products at Staywell (formerly Madison Publishing). She is a member of the VISIONS, Inc. Board of Directors, and the Fund Development committee chair for Neighborhood School. A graduate of Emerson College, she is a long-time Roslindale resident.

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Angela Dixon - Board & Governance - Presenter

As Berkshire’s Chief Diversity Officer, Angela is responsible for driving Berkshire’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) strategy in collaboration with executive management and each of Berkshire’s lines of business. She also works to enhance the impact of Berkshire’s existing diversity initiatives and programs.

Before joining Berkshire Bank, Angela owned and operated Dixon Consulting II, LLC, a management consulting firm focused on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), and Talent Management. Her company helped organizations create and cultivate DEI initiatives that align with business strategy, expand opportunities for diverse communities, and produce sustainable, measurable impact. Previously, Angela served as Vice President for Talent & Inclusion with the Capital Region Chamber of Commerce in Albany, NY, and served as Deputy Comptroller for Human Resources and Administration at the New York State Comptroller's Office from 2008-2018.

Angela has a BA in Political Science and MBA from the University at Albany. She is also a Senior Certified Human Resources Professional through the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM-SCP).

Angela serves on the boards of Northern Rivers Family of Services and WMHT. She also serves on the Weekend MBA for Executives Advisory Board for the University at Albany. She resides in Albany County with her husband, Terry, and dog, Bella and is the proud mom of two adult children.

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Kurt Madden - Board & Governance - Panelist 

Prior to serving as CEO of Career Nexus, Kurt was the Chief Technology Officer for Fresno Unified School District for 14 years. He has also held several leadership positions including CEO of One by One Leadership, a community leadership development organization, a Corporate VP for a Fortune 1000 technology firm and President and Founder of two local technology companies. He is the author of two books: Leadership Questions and Synergetic Follower.

Kurt serves on several boards and councils including the Fresno Business Council Board, the Economic Development Board of Fresno County, Fresno State University Alumni Board and the Cradle-to-Career (C2C) Leadership Council. Kurt is a long-time adjunct professor at Fresno State University. His focus has been on increasing student growth and success by synthesizing learning, experience and technology.

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Dr. Darin Gray - Recruitment & Hiring - Panelist

Dr. Darin Gray is the Co-Director of the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center. Darin is an alumnus of USC. He has earned a Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical and Electrical Engineering from USC Viterbi School of Engineering, a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, a Master’s degree in teaching with an emphasis in mathematics from USC Rossier School of Education, a Master’s degree in Cybersecurity from Cal State San Marcos and a Doctorate in Education Technology from Boise State University. He also holds teaching credentials in math and science.

As the Co- Director of the K-12 STEM Center, Darin oversees Center logistics and operations, supervises STEM outreach to K-12 students, forges new partnerships with STEM organizations within and outside of the University, and oversees data driven program analyses. He teaches an introduction to engineering course and a cybersecurity seminar at USC. Darin is also a Master sergeant in the California State Guard where he assists with IT and cybersecurity of State systems and provides training for service members.

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Brandon Jacobs - Recruitment & Hiring - Presenter

Prior to joining CS&A, Brandon served as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at The Shipley School (PA) where he led the development and implementation of policies, procedures, and programs that sustained an inclusive school community and curriculum and fulfilled the School’s diversity and inclusion goals. Working closely with school administrators, he directed recruitment and retention initiatives to broaden the diversity of the student body and among faculty and staff.

Previously, Brandon held various roles at The Hill School (PA), including Director of Inclusion and Diversity, Director of Student Activities, Class Dean, and Assistant Director of College Advising. He was an online course facilitator in school culture and inclusivity for Global Online Academy, Dean of Student Advisement for the New Jersey SEEDS program helping high-achieving students from low-income families, and served as Admissions Counselor and Multicultural Recruiter for Rider University.

Brandon has presented at the NAIS People of Color Conference, as well as the Hawaii, Association of Delaware Valley Independent Schools, and Pennsylvania Association of Independent Schools conferences. Other conference attendance includes National SEED Project seminars, the NAIS Diversity Leadership Institute, the NAIS Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Design Lab, and the 6th World Congress on Positive Psychology.

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Greg Gale - Recruitment & Hiring - Speaker

Greg recently joined Greatheart as a Senior Consultant after nearly 7 years as VP and Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Liberty Mutual Insurance. There he was responsible for designing and implementing a DEI learning strategy for 50,000 employees across the US and 13 countries. The learning design included an award winning video course called Inclusion in Action, virtual and in person experiences for all managers, and coaching for C-Suite executives. Greg was a DEI advisor, trainer and coach to HR and business executives. He regularly presented at team and departmental meetings across business units where he was able to engage and inspire others in their DEI learning journey and create plans for driving DEI deeper into their organizations.

As a white male leader Greg values engaging other white men to take action as allies. At Liberty Mutual he designed and lead the Men as Allies strategy which included a Summit for over 400 senior male leaders, a Council that engaged majority group members, and an ally curriculum taught by business leaders to other employees. He received a Chairmans Award, the company’s highest honor, for this work and is eager to support other companies in engaging white men as key partners in the DEI strategy.

Prior to Liberty Mutual Greg was a Senior Consultant and Program Director for VISIONS, Inc., a pioneering woman of color lead organization specializing in DEI impact and change at both the personal and institutional level. Greg consulted across the corporate, healthcare, education and faith based sectors as well as coaching mid level and executive leaders. He was in charge of curriculum development, client engagement, and lead over 40 consulting teams in assessment, training and evaluation services.

Greg has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from Colorado College, an M. Div. from Harvard Divinity School and teaching certification from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During college and graduate school and for years after he was involved in youth leadership development and sustainable agriculture as a founding staff member of The Food Project in Boston. The organization brought together urban and suburban youth and communities to create a more sustainable food system. It was here Greg built foundational skills in bringing people together across differences to envision and achieve a common purpose. He remains committed to these values today as he supports others to build diverse, equitable and inclusive organizations that can achieve breakthrough results.

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Dr Elliott Coney - Strategic Planning - Panelist

Dr. Coney is a versatile and equity-minded community college professional with demonstrative success in supporting and engaging underrepresented, racially-minoritized, and at-risk community college student populations. As a first-generation graduate from South Central Los Angeles, he is student-first oriented with special interest in the collegiate access, transition, and success of men of color in the community college.

He previously supported dual-enrollment students with college preparation services as a member of the Los Angeles Valley College ACE counseling faculty. He has additionally spent three years in various student success and support functions focusing mainly on the Student Success Act SB-1456 at West Los Angeles College.

His community college background includes instruction, transfer, special populations, learning communities, Summer Bridge, and Student Success and Support Programs.

Dr. Coney has also conducted, authored, and presented research on transitional challenges of African American athletes at predominantly white institutions (PWI), and the administrative perspectives of best practice contingencies for Active Shooter readiness in community colleges. Additionally, he has recently published an article in the Journal of Applied Research in the Community College on the effects of institutional services on persistence of African American males.

He is an alumnus of San Diego State University, University of Southern California, and Hampton University, where he was also a student-athlete.

Beyond the scope of the academy, Coney’s greatest passion is to support youth sports programs and athletes in his community with academic readiness through general education courses as the Director of his own non-profit. He is an ENTP, avid lover of boxing, and excited to join the LAVC team.

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Lawrence Alexander - Strategic Planning - Presenter

Lawrence serves as the practice leader for Carney, Sandoe & Associates' Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Practice. The practice is responsible for leading retained searches for school DEIB leaders and providing consultative support for boards, executive leadership, and faculty and staff. To date, Lawrence has conducted anti-bias training with more than 50 colleges and universities, more than 30 independent schools, and a host of corporate and community-based organizations. He provides guidance related to board governance, strategic planning, climate assessment, and inclusive hiring.

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Lauríndo García - Retention & Belonging - Speaker

Lauríndo García leads Inclusion Strategy for Netflix in the Asia-Pacific region. He has been a global thought leader on inclusion and social entrepreneurship since 2007 who founded the Inclusive Business Pledge programme in Singapore before joining Netflix. 99.co, Google, HSBC, J&J, Netflix and Visa are among the companies who are pledge signatories. Companies such as Levi Strauss & Co, Fitbit, PayPal and Salesforce have sought his services as an workplace inclusion practitioner in Asia.

Laurindo's career began as a online, radio and TV producer at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. He then transitioned to community organising as a full time human rights activist. Laurindo has received wide recognition from his peers: he was elected an Ashoka Fellow in 2015, a Salzburg Global Forum Fellow in 2016 and an expert judge for Community Business' 'Promoting Social Inclusion in Asia Award' 2022. He has spoken at the United Nations, international forums and shared stages with Nobel Prize winner Dr Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and U.S. President Bill Clinton.