Shirley Leung, The Boston Globe (Moderator)
“As a columnist, I make a statement to get people to think. I am aware of the platform I have and I do push the envelope. I want to be heard and motivate people toward action.”
Shirley Leung is a columnist writing on everything from the intersection of business and politics to gender issues in the workplace. She is also a WGBH contributor to “Boston Public Radio” and “Greater Boston,” as well as a regular guest on New England Cable News. She was a finalist in 2015 and 2017 for the Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary. Previously, Leung was the Globe’s business editor, where she oversaw its award-winning coverage of the 2008 financial crisis. Prior to the Globe, Leung was a staff reporter at the Wall Street Journal. A graduate of Princeton University, Leung started her career at her hometown paper, The Baltimore Sun.
Reverend Karlene Griffiths Sekou, The Dignity Project International – #BlackLivesMatter
“Our task in the 21st century is to reimagine and elevate what it means to be human. Therefore, we must disrupt and dismantle every systemic and cultural mechanism of dehumanization and inequity. I am animated by the notion of cultural regeneration, an anti-imperial, anti-capitalist, decolonial imaginary that struggles to actively create the spiritual, political, and material conditions for the historically vulnerable and marginalized to fully flourish.”
Karlene Griffiths Sekou is passionate about the equal dignity, sacred worth and flourishing of all persons. She has over twenty years of professional experiences as a grassroots community public health practitioner, administrator, strategist, and community organizer in the areas community engagement, maternal and child health, HIV and AIDS prevention, and health equity both in the U.S. and internationally. Currently, she is a senior consultant of the Dignity Project International which focuses on human rights, public policy, and governance. In addition, Karlene is an international public speaker, public theologian, trainer/facilitator and pastoral counselor. She holds a master of public health from Boston University, a master of theological studies from Vanderbilt University, and a master of divinity from Harvard Divinity School.
Natasha Lamb, Arjuna Capital – #GenderPayEquality
“It’s not a question of being politically correct: A great deal of research shows gender pay equity is just good business. Companies that pay a competitive wage to women are more likely to attract and retain the best talent, who become the best leaders."
Natasha Lamb is one of America's most successful organizers of gender pay equity shareholder resolutions. In recent years, Natasha has convinced 11 major companies including Apple, Ebay, Expedia, Intel, Starbucks, Nike and Costco to produce wage data and commit to closing the gender pay gap. In recognition of her work on gender-pay equity, Natasha was named by Bloomberg Businessweek as one of the “Bloomberg 50” most influential people who defined global business in 2017. Natasha has been profiled in Forbes, Fast Company, and the Boston Globe, while her work has been featured in Rolling Stone, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times, as well as on NPR and CNN. In 2016, Natasha received the Upstart Business Journal Upstart 100 Award and the Aiming High Award from Legal Momentum for pioneering a shareholder campaign on gender pay equity. Her 2014 landmark negotiation with Exxon Mobil led to the company’s first public report on global warming and carbon asset risk. Natasha is a trustee of The Food Project and Chairman of the Crane Institute of Sustainability, host to the Intentionally Designed Endowments Network.
Diego Miguel Sanchez, PFLAG National – #LBGTQRights
“My job becomes to listen to all the voices and figure out what we can get and support the best minds as we try to get what we can. Movement isn’t always optimal – but movement is movement. You don’t get to climb every highest mountain with the first effort.”
Diego Miguel Sanchez made history as the first openly transgender senior staffer to work on Capitol Hill, having been senior policy adviser to Congressman Barney Frank (D- Mass) until his retirement in 2013. Diego is a staunch advocate, ally and activist for members of the transgender community. Currently he serves as the director of advocacy, policy and partnerships at PFLAG National in Washington, DC. PFLAG is the original ally organization committed to advancing LGBTQ equality through its mission of support, education and advocacy with 350 chapters and 200,000 supporters in all 50 states. In 2008 Diego testified before Congress in the historic Transgender Discrimination Hearing and that year was named as the first openly trans person ever appointed to the DNC Platform Committee. Prior to public service and nonprofit work, Diego spent three decades in the corporate world and was once named by Hispanic Business magazine as one of the 100 most powerful Latinos. Additionally he was named one of the 100 most powerful Latino/s (Poderometro) in Massachusetts by El Planeta and in 2013, and named to the Out 100 and in the Inaugural Trans 100, sponsored by GLAAD. Diego was named an LGBT Latino Hero by Washington, DC’s former Mayor Fenty.
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