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August 28, 2020

Powerhouse speaker lineup to have hard conversations, unpack systemic issues, create action plan for equity

In direct response to social unrest, the virtual 2020 Racial Equity Forum, hosted by Janet M. Harvey and inviteCHANGE, provides a safe space to create solutions and committed action for ongoing equity building. The forum will convene on Wednesday, Sept. 9, 2020 at 1pET.

The 2020 Racial Equity Forum will host a diverse legacy line up of speakers who are on the front lines of addressing inequities in key areas creating systemic issues including: economics, the criminal justice system, white privilege, education, media and deep-seated bias.

“Awareness requires more than conversations and statements—it’s now time,” said Janet M. Harvey, forum host and CEO of inviteCHANGE. “Time to move from talking at each other to talking with each other, then go beyond talking to co-created plans of action.”

Speakers Include:

Dr. Yusef Salaam: One of the "Exonerated Five" as told in Ava DuVernay's "When They See Us," criminal justice system reform advocate, board member of the Innocence Project

Robin DiAngelo, PhD: Professor, New York Times Bestselling Author of "White Fragility: Why Its So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism"

James H. Pogue, PhD: Thought Leader, Researcher: Unconscious Bias, Diversity & Inclusion and Multi-Generational Intelligence

Ron Busby, Sr.: President/CEO of the U.S. Black Chambers, Inc. (USBC,) Entrepreneur, White House African American Leadership Council

Janet M. Harvey, MCC: FORUM HOST, President & CEO of inviteCHANGE, LLC

Zakiya E. Larry: FORUM MODERATOR, CEO of Quest Media Training, Media and Brand Expert

Forum Topics Include: Unconscious Bias, Recognizing Privilege and Leveraging For Good, Criminal Justice System Reform and Group Discovery Sessions. Group discovery sessions allow attendees to decompress, reflect and share ideas for solutions.

Post-forum, the host and attendees will activate solutions to global societal issues, identified at this inflection point, and track results over the next two years. This forum is a bold kick-off to the 2020 Global Leaders Conference, a 3-day virtual social progress event. The full virtual social progress event will run Sept. 9th-11th, 2020. The one-day 2020 Racial Equity Forum will be held Sept. 9th, 2020 at 1pET.

- For more information about the 2020 Racial Equity Forum, visit

- To learn more about the 2020 Global Leaders Conference, visit

- Pre-Event Interviews and Virtual Media Credentials are Available.