February 24, 2021 | All Access Virtual

Advocates & Allies Speaker Series

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Kirkwood Community College

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Creative sessions from today's top experts

Carla Harris

Carla Harris

Carla Harris is a Vice Chairman, Wealth Management, Managing Director and Senior Client Advisor at Morgan Stanley.  She is responsible for increasing client connectivity and penetration to enhance revenue generation across the firm. She formerly headed the Emerging Manager Platform, the equity capital markets effort for the consumer and retail industries and was responsible for Equity Private Placements.  Ms. Harris has extensive industry experiences in the technology, media, retail, telecommunications, transportation, industrial, and healthcare sectors. In  August 2013, Carla Harris was appointed by President Barack Obama to chair the National Women’s Business Council.

For more than a decade, Ms. Harris was a senior member of the equity syndicate desk and executed such transactions as initial public offerings for UPS, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Ariba, Redback, the General Motors sub-IPO of Delphi Automotive, and the $3.2 Billion common stock transaction for Immunex Corporation, one of the largest biotechnology common stock transaction in U.S. history.  Ms. Harris was recently named to Fortune Magazine’s list of “The 50 Most Powerful Black Executives in Corporate America”, U. S. Bankers Top 25 Most Powerful Women in Finance (2009, 2010, 2011), Black Enterprise’s Top 75 Most Powerful Women in Business (2010), to Black Enterprise Magazine’s “Top 75 African Americans on Wall Street” (2006 – 2011), and to Essence Magazine’s list of “The 50 Women Who are Shaping the World”, Ebony’s list of the Power 100 and “15 Corporate Women at the Top” and was named “Woman of the Year 2004” by the Harvard Black Men’s Forum  and  in 2011 by the Yale Black Men’s Forum.

Ms. Harris began her career with Morgan Stanley in the Mergers & Acquisitions department in 1987.  Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Carla received from Harvard Business School an MBA, Second Year Honors and an AB in economics from Harvard University, Magna Cum Laude.  Carla has also received Honorary Doctorates of Laws, Humanities and Business from Marymount Manhattan College, Bloomfield College, Jacksonville University, Simmons College, the College of New Rochelle, St. Thomas Aquinas College and Fisk University respectively. Carla Harris is actively involved in her community and heartily believes that “we are blessed so that we can be a blessing to someone else.”

Dr. Jennifer Ashton

Dr. Jennifer Ashton

Now in The New Normal, Dr. Jennifer Ashton offers the essential toolkit for life in this unfamiliar reality. Rooted in her reporting on COVID-19 and the understanding that the virus isn’t going anywhere overnight, The New Normal is built on a simple foundation: thriving in this evolving world demands accepting the new normal for what it is, not what we want it to be. No longer is wellness a buzzword, but an imperative for surviving this unprecedented time. Using her trademark practical, easy-to-follow advice, Dr. Ashton gives you all the necessary information to reclaim control of your life and live safely—from exercise, to diet, to general health—showing how to prepare your body and mind for challenges such as:

  • Taking proper medical precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones
  • Exercising during the pandemic, even if you no longer feel safe at the gym
  • Finding emotional balance through these uncertain times
  • Deciphering complicated medical news to learn what to trust and what to ignore

With these straightforward and accessible strategies and many more, Dr. Ashton helps empower you to make the unexpectedly hard decisions about socializing, food-shopping, seeing doctors, and most of all, finding normalcy. At once reassuring and urgent, The New Normal is a holistic roadmap through the ongoing struggles of the pandemic, providing the guidance you need to navigate this unsettling time and take charge of your future wellbeing.

Dr. Robert Livingston

Dr. Robert Livingston

Dr. Robert Livingston is a social psychologist and one of the nation’s leading experts on the science underlying bias and racism. His research has appeared in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and Harvard Business Review. For two decades, he has served as a diversity consultant to scores of Fortune 500 companies, public-sector agencies, and non-profit organizations. He has held professorships at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and the University of Sussex. He currently serves on the faculty of the Harvard Kennedy School.

Livingston’s lifework is showing people how to turn difficult conversations about race into productive instances of real change. For decades he has translated science into practice for numerous organizations, including Airbnb, Deloitte, Microsoft, Under Armour, L’Oreal, and 
JPMorgan Chase. In The Conversation, Livingston distills this knowledge and experience into an eye-opening immersion in the science of racism and bias. Drawing on examples from pop culture and his own life experience, Livingston, with clarity and wit, explores the root causes of racism, the factors that explain why some people care about it and others do not, and the most promising paths toward profound and sustainable progress, all while inviting readers to challenge their assumptions.

Jeff Schwartz

Jeff Schwartz

If you only read one book on the future of work, Work Disrupted: Opportunity, Resilience, and Growth in the Accelerated Future of Work should be it.

When COVID-19 hit, everyone had to rapidly adapt to new ways of working without a playbook. Companies had a choice: panic or pivot. Those that embraced this as an opportunity to accelerate forward are prepared to flourish; those that panicked or tried to continue down the paths they’d set out on are struggling.

But this is only the beginning of the changes to come according to Work Disrupted by Jeff Schwartz. When disruption happens, as it always will, we need new guides and maps to help navigate opportunities amid the chaos.

Additional Information

Invest 60 minutes each Wednesday in February to learn from some of our nation’s most forward-thinking leaders. Attendees for these virtual sessions receive exclusive access to all 4 sessions:

  • Feb. 3 // The Conversation: How Seeking and Speaking the Truth About Racism Can Radically Transform Individuals and Organizations with Dr. Robert Livingston
  • Feb. 10 // Work Disrupted: Opportunity, Resilience, and Growth in the Accelerated Future of Work with Jeff Schwartz
  • Feb. 17 // The New Normal: A Roadmap to Resilience in the Pandemic Era with Dr. Jennifer Ashton
  • Feb. 24 // Strategize to Win with Carla Harris

*All sessions are held over Zoom from 12-1pm

In addition to the sessions, each attendee will receive a copy of Work Disrupted: Opportunity, Resilience, and Growth in the Accelerated Future of Work by Jeff Schwartz and The New Normal by Dr. Jennifer Ashton.

The first 100 to register will also receive The Conversation by Dr. Robert Livingston.

This program is valid for 4 PDCs for the SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® (Activity 21-TE5VD).

“Livingston has made the important and challenging task of addressing systemic racism within an organization approachable and achievable.”

-Alex Timm, co-founder and CEO, Root Insurance Company

"Jeff's marvelous book is a roadmap for the new world of work with clear signposts. His insights will help readers discover opportunities, take action, and find hope in uncertain times. The ideas are fresh, beautifully crafted, and immediately applicable. This is not only a book to be read, but savored and used."

-Dave Ulrich, Rensis Likert Professor, Ross School of Business, University of Michigan; Partner, the RBL Group; Co-author Reinventing the Organization

The New Normal is a sobering, educative assessment of the changes that the pandemic has wrought on our world.

-Kirkus Reviews

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