CEOs and Leadership Teams around the world are exploring the ways in which they can undertake anti-racism work at every level of their organization. There is a balance between engaging people of color in the conversations around systemic racism and the understanding that systemic racism is not something people of color should be tasked with dismantling. During this conversation, Kit Hughes and Tim Cynova discuss their own journeys towards identifying their unique roles as white, male leaders of their organizations in creating meaningful change towards equity. Join this session if you've been asking yourself, "I know I want to contribute to a more equitable society, but I just don't know where to start or where to go from where I am right now".
Tim wears a multitude of hats, all in service of creating anti-racist workplaces where people can thrive. He currently is co-CEO of the U.S.-based non-profit Fractured Atlas, a 20-year-old organization that in 2013 committed to becoming anti-racist and anti-oppressive in its work and operations. Relatedly, he is a Principal of the consulting group Work. Shouldn't. Suck. that assists organizations of all sizes and sectors with the “how” of creating anti-racist workplaces. Tim serves on the faculty of Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts & Creativity and New York's The New School teaching courses in People-Centric Organizational Design; he's a trained mediator, and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He also co-hosts a popular podcast under the Work. Shouldn’t. Suck. moniker. Earlier in his career, Tim was the Executive Director of The Parsons Dance Company and of High 5 Tickets to the Arts in New York City, had a memorable stint with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, was a one-time classical trombonist, musicologist, and for five years in his youth he delivered newspapers for the Evansville, Indiana Courier-Press. Also, during a particularly slow summer, he bicycled 3,902 miles across the United States.
Kit Hughes is a conscious capitalist first, technology entrepreneur second. As the CEO of Look Listen, a digital marketing agency, he believes his role is to elevate others — his partners, clients and employees — in order to sustain a thriving, responsible business. Hughes has dedicated his time to partnering with like-minded entities and advising young, aspiring entrepreneurs — not just for financial gain, but to improve humanity. With a creative outlook on business strategies (and an eccentric road to success), Hughes aligns his decisions with the health, happiness and mentorship of others.
Prior to Look Listen, Hughes was a two-time research fellow at the University of Georgia, leading experimental technology research projects exploring mobile computing and connected devices. He credits his business smarts to his studies in strategy and innovation at MIT, and his computer systems knowledge to his studies in cybersecurity at Harvard in 2019. Alongside his bandmate, Paul Sternberg, Hughes founded Look Listen in 2007 as a mash-up of a digital studio and a consulting company working at the intersection of creativity, data, and technology. Look Listen was recognized as one of the fastest growing privately held companies in the US by hitting the Inc. 500 in 2015 and has been in the top 100 fastest growing companies in Atlanta two years in a row, according to the Atlanta Business Chronicle Pacesetter Awards. Throughout his marketing career, Hughes has helped a variety of B2B and B2C brands across multiple industries, including Anheuser-Busch, Char-Broil, Coca-Cola, Flextronics, GE, Rinnai, Philips, and Steve Harvey. Hughes speaks regularly on topics of Digital Marketing, IoT, Entrepreneurship and Innovation.
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