Una Osili is a professor of philanthropy and economics at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. She is also the associate dean of the school’s research and international programs.
In 2017, Osili testified before the Senate foreign relations committee on the role of philanthropy and remittances in foreign aid. She discussed how philanthropy has increasingly become globalized, and how philanthropic investments have backed research and education sectors in developing countries.
Osili also oversees:
-Research at Giving USA, an annual report on the state of charitable giving in the nation.
Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is a postdoctoral Research Associate in theoretical physics at the University of Washington, Seattle. She is a particle physicist/cosmologist driven by a desire to understand the origin of spacetime and the particles that populate it. Prescod-Weinstein gives public talks that range from accessible science to the challenges of making scientific communities more inclusive and more reflective of society at large. She is also interested in feminist philosophies of STEM and society studies. She’s given commentary for the Washington Post, Gizmodo, FiveThirtyEight, and Smithsonian.com, to name a few.
Areas of Expertise: Astrophysics, early universe cosmology, particle physics, astronomy, dark matter, accessible science, diversity in science, equality in science
Kristen Clarke is president and executive director of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. In this capacity she is a legal advocate on behalf of the rights of communities of color, especially in the areas of social justice, equal economic opportunity, criminal justice and judicial diversity, among others.
Before joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Clarke spent several years at the NAACP’s Legal Defense and Educational Fund where she helped lead the organization’s efforts in voting rights and election law reform across the country. Before joining the LDF, she worked at the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, where she served as a federal prosecutor, handling cases of police brutality, hate crimes, and human trafficking. Clarke is a regular contributor to a number of outlets including CNN, MSNBC and TV One as well as a 2017 recipient of Quinnipiac University’s Thurgood Marshall Award, among others.
President and Executive Director, National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Areas of Expertise: Criminal justice, police brutality, civil liberties, hate speech, civil litigation, diversity
Ellen Wu is an associate professor of history and director of the Asian Studies program at Indiana University. Her research interests include race, identity and immigration in the context of the Asian-American experience. Her book, The Color of Success: Asian Americans and the Origins of the Model Minority tracks the changing attitudes towards Asian immigrants to the United States towards the middle of the 20th century from the “yellow peril” to “model minority” ideologies.
Wu’s commentary has been featured by a number of outlets including the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post and NPR’s Code Switch. She is currently in the process of writing another book entitled Overrepresented: Asian-Americans in the Age of Affirmative Action, which sheds light on Asian-American politics from the 1960’s.
Associate professor of history and director of Asian Studies program, Indiana University at Bloomington
Location: Bloomington, Indiana
Areas of Expertise: Asian-American history and culture, race and identity, immigration, diversity, higher education
Francis Su is the Benediktsson-Karwa professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and past president of the Mathematical Association of America. He has received numerous grants from the National Science Foundation to advance his research interests, which involve applying advanced mathematical principles to the social sciences.
Su has a passion for popularizing mathematics and has co-authored a number of publications with his students. He is the author of the website Math Fun Facts and creator of MathFeed, an app for mathematics-related news updates. In 2013 he was awarded the Haino award for distinguished teaching and in 2001 he received the Hasse prize for expository writing.
Professor of Mathematics, Harvey Mudd College
Areas of Expertise: Mathematics, Technology, Diversity, Higher Education
Tristan Walker is a technology entrepreneur who aims to diversify the tech industry by recruiting top young black and Latino/a talent to Silicon Valley. In 2012, he left his position as director of business development at Foursquare to found Walker & Company, a company that creates beauty products for people of color. Its flagship brand the shaving kit Bevel, which is designed for people with coarse, curly hair.
Walker has been named one of Ebony Magazine’s 100 Most Powerful people, Fortune Magazine’s 40 Under 40, Vanity Fair’s “Next Establishment” and was a USA Today Person of the Year in 2014. He is a graduate of Stony Brook University, where he graduated as valedictorian, and the Stanford University School of Business.
CEO, Walker & Company Brands
Areas of Expertise: Technology, Diversity, Education, Branding, Marketing and Communications
Daisy Auger-Dominguez is the Global Head of Diversity Staffing at Google where she provides strategic direction, implementation, and alignment of Google’s global diversity hiring. Dominguez also serves on the board of directors of the Council of Urban Professionals. She was recently named a 2016 Top Executive in Corporate Diversity by Black Enterprise. She is based in San Francisco, CA.
Daisy Auger-Dominguez’s work is funded entirely by Google.
David A. Thomas is Dean of the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. During his administration, Dean Thomas has made a number of contributions to the School, including major redesign of the MBA curriculum, expansion of the MBA career management activities, and enhancement of academic and professional opportunities for undergraduate students. Dean Thomas has also increased the diversity of the school’s faculty among women, underrepresented minorities, and international faculty.
Before becoming the Dean at the McDonough School, Thomas taught business administration at Harvard University and finance at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2014, the Washington Business Journal recognized Thomas as one of the top Minority Business Leaders.
Dean and William R. Berkley Chair, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business
Areas of Expertise: leadership, cultural diversity in organizations, organizational behavior, strategic human resource management, executive development, and organizational change
Angela Rye is principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political consulting firm based in Washington, DC seeks to empower young professionals in economic development, civic engagement, and political involvement. As the former Executive Director and General Counsel to the 112th Congressional Black Caucus, Rye is an expert on political strategy, public engagement, and issue advocacy.
Rye serves on the boards of the Congressional Black Caucus Institute and National Bar Association, and her law background allows for a range of dialogue from political campaign to legislation that bears national and international implications. She is a proud graduate of the Seattle University School of Law, and serves on the University’s board of alumni.
Principal and CEO, IMPACT Strategies
Areas of Expertise: Government contracting, political campaigns, issue advocacy, strategic communications, political fundraising
Location: Washington, DC
Contact Information: Please contact her associate, Taylor Wills.
Kathy Martinez is senior vice president of Disability Market Segment & Strategy for Wells Fargo where she works to expand the company’s capabilities and programs dedicated to serving customers with disabilities and their families.
Martinez is the former assistant secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy (ODEP) for the U.S. Department of Labor. She led ODEP in putting policy priorities into practice through several innovative grant programs. These include Add Us In, through which a nationwide consortia worked to increase the capacity of small businesses to employ people with disabilities. The grant program also included the Employment First State Leadership Mentor Program, through which several states received support to promote community-based, integrated employment as the primary outcome for people with significant disabilities.
A graduate of San Francisco State University, Martinez speaks and publishes on a wide array of topics related to disability employment, including the emergence of disability as an essential component of workplace diversity and inclusion and the importance of expectation in ensuring youth with disabilities grow up with an assumption of work—a topic on which Martinez, who herself was born blind, offers compelling and personal perspective.