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If you missed the Arts & Tourism Summit on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion , August 11 - 12, 2021 at the Palm Beach County Convention Center, we now have posted our keynote speaker presentations below.  

Donna Walker-Kuhne: Building a Culture of Equity Diversity and Inclusion



Elliott Ferguson: Leading a Destination Towards Change 


Summit Agenda
August 11, 2021
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM Registration & Coffee
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM Event Welcome
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Building a Culture of Equity Diversity and Inclusion
Today’s arts organizations are challenged with building a responsive organization that disrupts racism and develops a respectful way of presenting and producing art through the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion. The workshop will share strategies and techniques as well as explore language that helps to build an understanding in this area.
Speaker: Donna Walker-Kuhne - President, Walker International Communications Group
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Session 1: Dreaming Out Loud and Imagining the Future of Equity Diversity, and Inclusion
Speaker: Donna Walker-Kuhne - President, Walker International Communications Group 

Session 2: Top 10 Micro-Inequities: The Barriers to Inclusion in the Workplace
Speaker: Natalie Holder-Winfield - Equity and Inclusion Officer of the Stanford National Accelerator Lab (SLAC)

Session 3: Workforce Development - Building a More Inclusive Team - Panel
Moderator: Julia Dattolo CareerSource Palm Beach County

  • Michelle Landery - Senior Director of Engagement, Diversity & Inclusion at NextEra Energy
  • Ricky Wade - Owner & Operator, “B”ing the Best, Inc., McDonald’s Franchisee
  • Dr. Elsa DeGoias - Disability Services Manager, CareerSource Palm Beach County
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch & Learn with Mayor Keith James, City of West Palm Beach
1:45 PM - 2:15 PM Networking Break
2:15 PM - 3:45 PM Session 1: Brave Conversations: Implicit Bias
Speaker: Carla Harris - CEO, The People Institute

Session 2: Authentic Programming and Partnership: Moving from Risk to Reward
Moderator: Dave Lawrence - President & CEO, Cultural Council for PalmBeach County

Session 3: A Framework for Change - How to Establish Benchmarks and Reporting for Your Organization
Speaker: James Green - Director, Palm Beach County Community Services Department

3:50 PM - 4:15 PM Wrap - Up & Cultural Performance
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Reception
August 12, 2021
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM Registration & Coffee
9:15 AM - 9:30 AM Morning Welcome
9:30 AM - 10:45 AM Leading a Destination Towards Change 
Gain insight on meeting the challenges of leading Washington, DC’s DMO during the pandemic, racial injustice, political unrest, and more. 
Speaker: Elliott Ferguson - President & CEO, Destination DC (DDC)
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM Networking Break
11:00 AM - 12:30 PM Session 1: Transforming Conversations about Race throughCandor, Compassion, and Courage
Speaker: Dr. David Campt - Founder and Principal of The Dialogue Company

Session 2: Creating Equity through Placed-Based Philanthropy
Moderator: Daryl Houston - Interim VP for Community Impact, Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties​

  • Lauren Zuchman, LCSW - Executive Director, BeWellPBC
  • Armando Fana - Assistant City Administrator, City of West Palm Beach
  • Upendo Shabazz - Regional Vice President, Allegany Franciscan Ministries
  • Alisha R. Winn, Ph.D. - Applied Cultural Anthropologist, Consultant & AdjunctProfessor, Palm Beach Atlantic University

Session 3: Beyond the Box: Messaging in an Increasingly Inclusive Era
Moderator: Marsha Guthrie - Community Planning and Partnership Lead, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Lunch & Learn with Angela Adams Suggs - President & CEO, Florida Sports Foundation
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Networking Break
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Striving for Change: A Community Conversation on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Moderator: Nancy Proffitt- CEO, Proffitt Management Solutions

  • Julie Seaver - CEO, Compass Community Center
  • Kimberly McCarten - President & CEO, The Arc of Palm Beach County
  • Maria Antuña - Executive Vice President, Central Palm Beach County Chamber of Commerce
  • Soulan Johnson - VP of Development and Communications, Urban League of Palm Beach County
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Wrap-Up
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KEYNOTE Speakers

Elliott Ferguson Headshot
Elliott Ferguson
President & CEO 
Destination DC
Donna Walker-Kuhne
Walker International  



Dr. David Campt
Dr. David Campt

The Dialouge
Natalie Holder Winfield
Natalie Holder-Winfield

Stanford National Accelerator Lab 
Carla Harrise
Carla Harris 

The People
James Green
James Green

PBC Community Services Department
Mayor Keith James
Mayor Keith James
City of West Palm Beach
Angela Adams Suggs
Anglea Adams Suggs

Florida Sports Foundation

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