"For there is always light, if only we’re brave enough to see it, if only we’re brave enough to be it."
The Rhetoric to Action webinar series brings together leaders from across sectors to have candid, and sometimes difficult, conversations, with the aim of providing information and resources to help leaders take meaningful actions toward dismantling structural racism and ending social injustices. Many corporations have issued statements on their promise to move the needle on racial justice, and we want to help them to deliver on their commitments.
Rhetoric to Action: Disrupting Beliefs & Changing Systems to Transform International Development. Fadzi Whande, from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Indira Ahluwalia, Founder and President, KAUR Strategies, LLC, joined Renay Loper in a candid conversation that explored the roots and current economic and political benefits of international development, what it means to disrupt beliefs to change systems, as well as how to recognize racism in international development while taking take steps toward change as an active actor.
Commitments in Action: Delivering on Statements Toward Achieving Racial Justice. In this candid conversation, 3M’s Garfield Bowen, Director of Social Justice Strategy & Initiatives and Scott Morris, Strategist for Diversity & Inclusion, along with Dr. Robin Coger, Dean of the College of Engineering, and Dr. Kevin James, Dean of the College of Business and Economics from North Carolina A&T State University (designated as an HBCU – Historically Black College/University) joined Renay Loper to discuss how 3M is bringing its racial and social justice commitments to life through partnerships, and how HBCUs are an integral part of their journey.
Global Perspectives Part II: Building Inclusive Approaches to Racial Equity and Social Justice Beyond
the United States. In the second part of the webinar, Dr. Ambily Banerjee , Rebecca Stevens, and Bruno
Honorio joined Ms. Loper once again to explore what social injustices have occurred in the United Kingdom,
Switzerland, and Brazil since the first conversation, what governments should consider by way of policy, as
well as what individuals can do to affect change.
Global Perspectives Part I: Building Inclusive Approaches to Racial Equity and Social Justice Beyond
the United States. In the first discussion of a two-part webinar, Dr. Ambily Banerjee, Director, GSK (based in
the United Kingdom), Rebecca Stevens, Head, Global Health Partnerships, Novartis (based in Switzerland),
and Bruno Honorio, Researcher and Content Analyst, Social Listening, QuintoAndar (based in Brazil) joined
Renay Loper to explore how other countries learn from the United States and what multinational corporations
can do to scale their efforts, impacting marginalized communities on a global scale.
Rhetoric to Action: How Corporations Can Dismantle Structural Racism. Marcus Allen, CEO of Big Brothers
Big Sisters Independence Region, joined Renay Loper, PYXERA Global’s Vice President of Program Innovation
in a candid conversation, from a trusted community leader’s perspective, around what companies should know
and do toward dismantling structural racism.
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As an organization, we are committed to taking concrete actions to what we can to become an anti-racist organization that addresses—and seeks to dismantle—structural racism in all its forms.
Renay Loper dives into the new initiative by NBCUniversal that deployed over 60 NBCUniversal employees from their legal division to collaborate virtually with 11 social justice driven nonprofits from the United States and Puerto Rico.
Amirah Ahmad summarizes the key takeaways from our first webinar, “Rhetoric to Action: How Corporations Can Dismantle Structural Racism.” The webinar explored the needs of communities of color and what corporations can do to fulfill their commitments to racial justice.
Kristina Frye summarizes the nine key points from the webinar, “Part 1 - Building Inclusive Approaches to Racial Equity and Social Justice Beyond the United States”, including the necessity for leaders to lead from where they are, not a title; being intentional about cross-sectoral and cross-border partnerships; and investing in education and training programs in communities to further develop the future workforce.
Kristina Frye summarizes the five key ideas from the webinar, “Part 2 - Building Inclusive Approaches to Racial Equity and Social Justice Beyond the United States”, including listening to your body in how it responds to conversations and events that involve race and social issues; paying attention to word choice and conversations around race; and forging unlikely partnerships to learn about social justice issues and enact change.