Diane Bell-McKoy Equity First Speaker Series
Equity First, a series of virtual empowerment clinics, consists of dialogue with key leaders from across the nation, on cutting edge topics, who recognize that sustainable change for people of color will only come when structural and institutional barriers are replaced with equitable policies, practices, and institutions. Invited speakers are those who have put equity first in their careers and their passions and who are willing to share experiences to enlighten and empower ABC’s community.
Past guests have included Alex Camardelle of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, Clarence Wooten of X (formerly Google X), and Oprah Winfrey of OWN/Harpo Productions.
Equity First with Oprah Winfrey
On Giving Tuesday 2021 we were honored to host global media leader, philanthropist, producer, and actress Oprah Winfrey in a one-on-one interview led by our former President and CEO, Diane Bell-McKoy. The evening’s conversation explored Ms. Winfrey’s experiences in Baltimore and her search for career equity, her approach to creating and maintaining authentic relationships, and her perspective on finding one’s personal value within the imposed systems of our society.
Over the course of her esteemed career, Oprah Winfrey has created an unparalleled connection with people around the world. As host of the top-rated, award-winning “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” she entertained, enlightened, and uplifted millions of viewers for twenty-five years. Winfrey’s accomplishments as a global media leader, producer, actress, author and philanthropist have established her as one of the most influential and admired public figures in the world today.
Equity at Work - Navigating the Workplace
The Equity at Work series explores the lived experiences of navigating the workplace while Black. By addressing common issues and obstacles affecting the Black worker, ABC aims to create awareness and provide tools and resources to navigate barriers successfully.
January 2023 - Confronting The Angry Black Woman Stereotype
We invited the Black community and our allies to join us as we discussed and dismantled the barriers The Angry Black Woman stereotype creates, and its implications on workplace safety and equality for Black women.
February 2023 - Woke At Work
We invited the Black community and allies to discuss the history and herstory of social justice movements within the workplace and the import of social justice commitment by Black professionals. We looked at how Black workers navigate their wokeness and their professionalism.