Summit on Race and Inclusion 2017
May 23rd
Frauenthal Center - Muskegon, MI

Keynote Speakers
Dr. Phil Goff, National Expert on Policing and Race 

Dr. Phil Goff has emerged as one of the most influential thinkers, scholars, and reformers on topics of policing and race, as well as the challenges facing policing organizations. He is on the faculty at UCLA and has been a visiting professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. In March 2016, Dr. Goff became the first named professor of the new City University of New York (CUNY) Franklin A. Thomas Professorship in Policing Equity, and is co-founder of the influential Center for Policing Equity.

As a research-driven and practice-centric reformer, Dr. Goff brings his extensive yet focused experience to address difficult issues facing our communities today. He is committed to reaching and implementing realistic solutions to ensure equity in police procedures and interactions with the public. Dr. Goff’s dynamic message will bring a timely and pressing topic to the forefront at the 2017 Summit.


Dr. Charles H.F. Davis III, National Expert on Strategies for Achievement for Students of Color

Dr. Charles Davis is the Director of Higher Education Research and Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania Center for the Study of Race & Equity in Education, where his work includes developing diversity trainings for college faculty and administrators. Dr. Davis has extensive research experience surrounding the intersections of race, gender, and education, including achievement strategies for K-12 students of color as well as the college experiences of African American men.

A standout scholar on the topics of race and education, Dr. Davis collaborated as a host and producer for “Saving Tomorrow, Today,” a 22-minute documentary on challenges facing black youth in schools and innovative solutions to support and sustain their academic success. Dr. Davis is excited to bring his unique approach to addressing the salient issue of equity in education to the 2017 Summit.




Sector-Specific Breakout Experts
Summit attendees will hear from sector-specific experts who work hands-on in the areas of business, community, faith, health, education, economics, and government & public policy.  Dr. Goff and Dr. Davis will each be leading the government and education breakout sessions respectively.  Below, we are happy to introduce and share brief bios for the rest of our Summit speakers!

Gloria Cousar - Community

Serving as Executive Director of the Neighborhood Associates Corporation—a non-profit that builds capacity for resident leadership and positive community relationships—Gloria Cousar enlists and trains community-coordinators to work with affordable housing developers and civic leaders to improve and maintain their communities. Her organization currently works in ten affordable housing communities spread over seven cities: Pittsburgh PA, Washington D.C., Baltimore MD, Arlington VA, Bradenton FL, San Francisco CA, and Louisville KY. Over the years, this work has shown her that involuntary displacement from speculative gentrification or well-intended revitalization programs can be prevented and minimized when communities collaborate and become involved politically, leverage economic resources and opportunities to anchor themselves culturally and socially, and can live within their means. Preserving affordable housing in the long term requires a unified and supportive effort by all parties involved—the ownership, the property management, the resident households and their neighbors, and the larger encompassing governmental authorities.



Ron White - Faith
 

Ron White holds an M.A. in Comparative Religion from Miami University (OH) and has done graduate work in Administrative Leadership at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Combined with twenty-five years of consulting work with and for grantmakers from a variety of foundations--private, religious grantmakers, family foundations, individual donors, and public charities--Ron has held several positions in the field, including senior program officer, program director, executive director, and board trustee.  His work for the Catholic Church at the diocesan and national levels evaluating and recommending grants for community organizing groups across the midwest and west initiated his career in social justice philanthropy.  Ron says that his long-term practice of mediation has accompanied him in a lifelong pursuit of blending spirituality and social justice.  Currently serving the board of the PICO National Network, Ron brings a wide array of experience working in and with faith communities.





Heather McGhee - Economic Equity

 

Heather C. McGhee is President of Demos, a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy. With a B.A. in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, McGhee is considered a national thought leader in the public and economic policy sectors.  She frequently appears on programs such as Meet the Press, Real Time with Bill Maher, and Hardball with Chris Matthews.  Likewise, her writing and research has appeared in publications such as The New York Times, The Nation, and The Hill.  Currently a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Civic Participation and serving the boards of the Center for Working Families and Consumer Reports, she has vast experience working on issues of economic equity and discovering solutions through domestic policy.




Kenyatta Brame - Business

 

Kenyatta Lumumba London Brame is Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the Cascade Engineering - Family of Companies. Kenyatta is responsible for directing Cascade’s cross-organizational services, which include legal/risk management, human resources, benefits, marketing, talent management, IT, corporate quality, ESS (environmental, safety and sustainability) and Lean/CES (Cascade Enterprise System). Earlier in his career, Brame was an attorney with Miller, Johnson, Snell & Cummiskey, PLC, a leading Grand Rapids, MI employment and labor law firm. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley law school where he taught employment law. Kenyatta’s extensive community affiliations include co-founding the Tipping Point Initiative, a non-profit focusing on reducing barriers for education and employment for inner-city youth and other disenfranchised people. He also serves on Michigan Governor, Rick Snyder’s Talent Investment Board.




Wayne Boatwright - Health

 

Wayne Boatwright is Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion at Meridian Health, where he leads the company’s diversity initiatives for six hospitals and Meridian Partner Companies, which include home health services; skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient rehabilitation facilities; ambulance services, physician practice management and support services, and ambulatory care and services located throughout central New Jersey. Wayne has over 20 years of experience partnering with senior management in ensuring the most productive use of human assets. His areas of focus include diversity management, employee relations, strategic planning, and fostering a culture that makes growth possible.  Because of this expertise, Wayne is often called upon for speaking engagements and interviews.  He has appeared as a keynote speaker at the National Leadership and Education Conference for the Institute for Diversity in Health Management, and as a guest speaker for the Massachusetts Hospital Association’s annual conference, the New Jersey State Association Medical Staff Services Education Conference, the MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, the South Florida Hospital & Healthcare Association’s Annual Dinner and the Connecticut Hospital Association’s Regional Health Equity Council.