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Equity Summit 2018
April 10, 2018 - April 13, 2018

Even if you’re unable to make it to Chicago for Equity Summit 2018 (April 11-13), we’ll be live broadcasting select programming throughout the week from #EquitySummit2018, via our website and Facebook pages. Be sure to share the livestream and check out our social media toolkit for sample tweets, posts, and images.



Thursday, April 12, 8:00 a.m. CT to 10:00 a.m. CT

Our Power: Radical Imagination Fueling Change (Opening Plenary)
Moderator: Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO, PolicyLink


  • Gerry Hudson, Secretary-Treasurer, SEIU
  • María Teresa Kumar, Executive Director, Voto Latino
  • Rashad Robinson, Executive Director, Color of Change
  • Linda Sarsour, Executive Director, MPower Change
  • Jose Antonio Vargas, Founder & CEO, Define American
  • Edna Chavez, Community Coalition
  • Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Defense Fund

Friday, April 13, 8:00 a.m. CT to 9:45 a.m. CT

Our Future: The Leading Edge of the Equity Movement
Michael McAfee, President, PolicyLink


  • Charlene Carruthers, Founding National Director, BYP100 (Black Youth Project 100)
  • Tara Houska, National Campaigns Director, Honor the Earth
  • Derrick Johnson, President and CEO, NAACP
  • Ai-jen Poo, Executive Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance
  • Rip Rapson, President and CEO, The Kresge Foundation
  • Lata Reddy, Senior Vice President, Diversity, Inclusion & Impact, Prudential Financial, Inc.; Chair and President, The Prudential Foundation
  • Carmen Rojas, CEO, The Workers Lab

Friday, April 13, 1:30 p.m. CT to 3:00 p.m. CT 

Our Nation: Transformative Solidarity in a Divided Nation (Closing Plenary)
Moderator: Manuel Pastor, Director, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration


  • Deepa Iyer, Senior Fellow, Center for Social Inclusion
  • Tiq Milan, Author, Advocate, and Co-Founder, Milan Media Arts Productions
  • Vanessa Moses, Executive Director, Causa Justa: Just Cause
  • Carmen Perez, Executive Director, The Gathering for Justice/National Co-Chair, Women’s March
  • Lori Pourier, President, First Peoples Fund
  • Michael Tubbs, Mayor, City of Stockton, California
  • Manuel Pastor, USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity, USC Center for the Study of Immigrant Integration
  • Mitch Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • john a. powell, Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California, Berkeley


Thursday, April 12, 11:00 a.m. CT to 12:15 p.m. CT  

Inclusive Gender Justice and the Movement for Racial Equity
Moderator: Darnell Moore, Editor-at-Large, CASSIUS (an iOne digital platform)


  • Alicia Garza, Principal, Black Futures Lab
  • Edmund T. Gordon, Chair and Associate Professor, Department of African and African Diaspora Studies, UT Austin
  • Coya White Hat-Artichoker, Community Health & Health Equity Program Manager, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota
  • Krystal Torres-Covarrubias, Out for Safe Schools Coordinator, Los Angeles LGBT Center

Thursday, April 12, 3:00 p.m. CT to 4:15 p.m. CT

Messaging the Movement: Narratives for Racial and Economic Justice 
Moderator: Maya Harris, Advocate, MSNBC Political & Legal Analyst


  • Angela Glover Blackwell, CEO, PolicyLink
  • Jeff Chang, Executive Director, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, Stanford University
  • john a. powell, Director, Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, University of California, Berkeley
  • Connie M. Razza, Director of Policy and Research, Demos
  • Marc Solomon, Principal and National Director, Civitas Public Affairs Group

Friday, April 13, 10:30 a.m. CT to 11:45 a.m. CT

Reimagining Cities: Local Vanguards for National Change 
Moderator: Tracey Ross, Associate Director, PolicyLink


  • Julián Castro, Former Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Mekaelia Davis, Program Officer of Corporate Responsibility, Prudential Foundation
  • Helen Gym, City Councilmember At-Large, City of Philadelphia
  • Shané Harris, Vice-President of Corporate Giving, Prudential Financial
  • Andrea Jenkins, Councilmember, Ward 8, Minneapolis City Council
  • Mitch Landrieu, Mayor, City of New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Tanya Wallace-Gobern, Executive Director, National Black Worker Center Project

We hope you’ll tune in and encourage you to join in the conversation online using the hashtag #EquitySummit2018!


April 10, 2018
April 13, 2018