From Planning to Practice: Activating Your DEI Goals for Company Good
Kelly Burton, PhDExecutive Director, Black Innovation Alliance
Thursday, January 27th10am PT/ 1pm ET
The racial injustices of 2020 led many companies to rethink the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) not only for a better workplace but also for the communities in which they do business. While many signed pledges and renewed their commitments to DEI, others struggled to get to the planning phase with limited internal buy-in.
Over a year later, as many begin to measure their progress, companies at all points in their DEI journey may still encounter challenges in putting all of their plans into practice. During this fireside chat, Kelly Burton, Executive Director of the Black Innovation Alliance, will share actionable insight into how leaders can socialize the importance of DEI within their organizations, build and maintain momentum in activating DEI strategies, and leverage DEI to meet other organizational goals.
Political scientist, serial entrepreneur, change agent, and social critic. Kelly Burton is a modern-day renaissance woman who leads with passion, purpose, and vision. She is the Founder of Nexus Research Group, a social impact firm that works with foundations and large-scale non-profits to help them catalyze change in local communities, and Founders of Color (FOC), a digital platform committed to helping minority entrepreneurs grow and scale their businesses.
Kelly's work has been featured in numerous publications, among them TechCrunch, Inc, Fast Company, and Essence Magazine. In addition to her entrepreneurial endeavors, Kelly serves on the board of directors at the Center for Action and Contemplation, as well as on advisory boards for SXSW Pitch and the Emory University Center for Ethics. Kelly was recently added to the Executive Board of Fast Company magazine, where she is a regular contributor. An active voice on social media, Kelly boasts nearly 80K followers on Linkedin alone. She has two hard-earned degrees, a BA from Clark Atlanta University and a Ph.D. from Emory University, both in Political Science.
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