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Monday, October 25th at 8:15am

Daron Acemoglu

Institute Professor, Department of Economics at MIT

Daron Acemoglu an Institute Professor at MIT and an elected fellow of the National Academy of Sciences, American Philosophical Society, the British Academy of Sciences, the Turkish Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Econometric Society, the European Economic Association, and the Society of Labor Economists. He is also a member of the Group of Thirty.

He is the author of five books, including New York Times bestseller Why Nations Fail: Power, Prosperity, and Poverty (joint with James A. Robinson), Introduction to Modern Economic Growth, and The Narrow Corridor: States, Societies, and the Fate of Liberty (with James A. Robinson).

His academic work covers a wide range of areas, including political economy, economic development, economic growth, technological change, inequality, labor economics and economics of networks.

Monday, October 25th at 11am

Majora Carter

Urban Revitalization Strategist at Majora Carter Group

Majora Carter is a real estate developer, urban revitalization strategy consultant, MacArthur Fellow and Peabody Award winning broadcaster. She is responsible for the creation and successful implementation of numerous economic developments, technology & green-infrastructure projects, policies and job training & placement systems.

Carter applies her corporate consulting practice focused on talent-retention to reducing Brain Drain in American low-status communities. She has firsthand experience pioneering sustainable economic development in one of America’s most storied low-status communities: the South Bronx.

She and her teams develop vision, strategies and the type of development that transforms low-status communities into thriving mixed-use local economies. Her approach harnesses capital flows resulting from American re-urbanization to help increase wealth building opportunities across demographics left out of all historic financial tide changes.

Tuesday, October 26th at 11am

Darren Walker

President at Ford Foundation

Darren Walker is president of the Ford Foundation, a $14 billion international social justice philanthropy. He is a member of the Reimagining New York Commission and co-chair of NYC Census 2020. He chaired the philanthropy committee that brought a resolution to the city of Detroit’s historic bankruptcy. Under his leadership, the Ford Foundation became the first non-profit in US history to issue a $1 billion designated social bond in US capital markets for proceeds to strengthen and stabilize non-profit organizations in the wake of COVID-19.

Before joining Ford, Darren was vice president at Rockefeller Foundation, overseeing global and domestic programs. In the 1990s, he was COO of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, Harlem’s largest community development organization.

Tuesday, October 26th at 11am

Jennifer Sampson

President & CEO at United Way of Metropolitan Dallas

Jennifer Hilton Sampson is the President & CEO of United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, the largest non-governmental funder of programs to improve education, income and health in North Texas. Jennifer’s vision for United Way includes integrating emerging fundraising markets, strategically incorporating innovative uses of technology, and strengthening collaborative partnerships throughout the region. Since her appointment as CEO and president in September 2011, Jennifer has built community confidence in United Way’s mission and impact priorities, and achieved unprecedented results in resource development. This catalytic approach to philanthropy is yielding organizational capacity, strategic value and efficiency for the donor community, while creating lasting social change.

Tuesday, October 26th at 1pm

Earlonne Woods

Co-Host & Co-Creator at Ear Hustle

Earlonne Woods is the co-creator, co-host, and co-producer of Ear Hustle from Radiotopia and PRX. In 1997, Earlonne was sentenced to thirty-one years to life in prison. While incarcerated, he received his GED, attended Coastline Community College, and completed many vocational programs. He also founded CHOOSE1, which aims to repeal the California Three Strikes Law, the statute under which he was sentenced. In November 2018, then–California Governor Jerry Brown commuted Earlonne’s sentence after twenty-one years of incarceration and Earlonne became a full-time producer for Ear Hustle. His efforts with CHOOSE1 continue, as he advocates for restorative justice and works to place a repeal initiative on the ballot in 2022. He lives and works in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Tuesday, October 26th at 1pm

Nigel Poor

Co-Host & Co-Creator at Ear Hustle

Nigel Poor is the co-creator, co-host, and co-producer of Ear Hustle from Radiotopia and PRX. A visual artist and photography professor at California State University, Sacramento, Nigel has had her work exhibited nationally and internationally, including at the SFMOMA and de Young Museum in San Francisco and the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. In 2011, Nigel got involved with San Quentin State Prison as a volunteer teacher for the Prison University Project. Nigel is also the author of the book “The San Quentin Project” (Aperture), which collects a largely unseen visual record of daily life inside of America’s oldest and largest prisons.

Tuesday, October 26th at 1pm

Krys Boyd

Host & Managing Editor, Think! at KERA

Krys Boyd is host and managing editor of Think from KERA in Dallas – a position she’s held since 2006. Since 2017, Think has aired across the state of Texas and is now heard on more than 90 public radio stations across America.

A graduate of Texas Christian University’s Bob Schieffer College of Communication, Krys began her career as a journalist along the U.S./Mexico border and returned to North Texas in 1999 to serve as News Director for Broadcast.com, and later Senior Producer of Broadcast News at Yahoo. Krys joined KERA in 2001, hosting the nightly radio talk show Conversations. Later, she wrote and produced documentary and educational television programs, including the critically-acclaimed, nationally broadcast JFK: Breaking the News in 2003, and served as producer and co-host of the Emmy Award-winning public affairs program On The Record. She also hosted a weekly television version of Think from 2007-2011. Think has been honored with numerous local, state and national awards.

Wednesday, October 27 at 11am

Catherine Coleman Flowers

Founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ)

Catherine Coleman Flowers is an internationally recognized environmental activist, MacArthur “genius” grant recipient, and author. She has dedicated her life’s work to advocating for environmental justice, primarily equal access to clean water and functional sanitation for communities across the United States.

Founder of the Center for Rural Enterprise and Environmental Justice (CREEJ), Flowers has spent her career promoting equal access to clean water, air, sanitation, and soil to reduce health and economic disparities in marginalized, rural communities. In addition, Flowers serves as Rural Development Manager for Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), is a Senior Fellow for the Center for Earth Ethics at Union Theological Seminary, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Climate Reality Project, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Center for Constitutional Rights. In 2021, her leadership and fervor in fighting for solutions to these issues led her to one of her most notable appointments yet — Vice Chair of the Biden Administration’s inaugural White House Environmental Justice Advisory Council.

As the author of Waste: One Woman’s Fight Against America’s Dirty Secret, Flowers shares her inspiring story of advocacy, from childhood to environmental justice champion. She discusses sanitation and its correlation with systemic class, racial, and geographic prejudice that affects people across the United States. She has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Guardian, and on PBS.

Wednesday, October 27th at 1pm

Katharine Hayhoe

Chief Scientist at The Nature Conservancy

Katharine Hayhoe is an accomplished atmospheric scientist who studies climate change and why it matters to us here and now. She is also a remarkable communicator who has received the American Geophysical Union’s climate communication prize, the Stephen Schneider Climate Communication award, the United Nations Champion of the Earth award, and been named to a number of lists including Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People, Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Thinkers, and FORTUNE magazine’s World’s Greatest Leaders. Her TED talk, “The most important thing you can do to fight climate change: talk about it” has nearly 4 million views and her most recent book, “Saving Us: A Climate Scientist’s Case for Hope and Healing in a Divided World,” will be published by Simon & Schuster in Sept 2021.

Wednesday, October 27th at 1pm

Dr. Robert D. Bullard

Distinguished Professor at Urban Planning & Environmental Policy at TSU

Dr. Robert D. Bullard is distinguished professor of urban planning and environmental policy at Texas Southern University and founding director of the Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice. He received his Ph.D. degree from Iowa State University and is often called the “father of environmental justice.” Professor Bullard is co-founder of the HBCU Climate Change Consortium and the National Black Environmental Justice Network. Dr. Bullard is the author of 18 books. His Dumping in Dixie: Race, Class and Environmental Quality introduced many readers to the field of environmental justice. His latest book is The Wrong Complexion for Protection: How the Government Response to Disaster Endangers African American Communities (2012). In 2019, Apolitical named him one of the world’s 100 Most Influential People in Climate Policy, and Climate One presented him with the Stephen H. Schneider Award for Outstanding Climate Science Communication.

Wednesday, October 27th at 1pm

John Schwartz

Professor of Journalism at University of Texas School of Journalism and Media

John Schwartz has been a professor of journalism at the University of Texas School of Journalism and Media since the summer of 2021. Before that, he worked for 21 years at The New York Times, where his work focused in recent years on climate change. Before the NYT, he was a journalist for The Washington Post and Newsweek.

Before taking on this environmental beat at The Times, he covered topics that included the space program, law and infrastructure. He has covered the destruction and rebuilding of New Orleans’ flood protection as well as other disasters, with assignments that have taken him from the Mojave Desert to Moscow. Schwartz’ work is also published in The New York Times Book Review, Science Times, arts and culture sections, and he wrote a humor column for the business section’s mutual funds quarterly.

Schwartz is author of “Oddly Normal,” a memoir, and “This Is the Year I Put My Financial Life in Order,” a money memoir and guide. Follow John on Twitter @jswatz

Thursday, October 28th at Paul Quinn College

Manuel Pastor, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor at Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at USC

Dr. Manuel Pastor is a Distinguished Professor of Sociology and American Studies & Ethnicity at the University of Southern California. He
currently directs the Equity Research Institute at USC. Pastor holds an economics Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and is
the inaugural holder of the Turpanjian Chair in Civil Society and Social Change at USC. Pastor’s research has generally focused on issues of the economic, environmental and social conditions facing low-income urban communities
– and the social movements seeking to change those realities. His latest book, State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Means for America’s Future, came out in 2018 and was lauded in a New York Times review as “concise, clear and convincing.”

Thursday, October 28th at Paul Quinn College

Janiece Evans-Page

CEO of Tides

Janiece Evans-Page is the Chief Executive Officer of Tides, leading the organization as it seeks to broaden the reach of its impact and deepen its commitment to social change with dynamic tools, deep expertise, novel collaborations and innovative ideas. Tides has managed more than $4B in global grantmaking and project-based initiatives since 1976 and continues to grow and mobilize to accelerate social impact. Tides has also scaled more than 1,400 social ventures and fueled social change in more than 140 countries. Ms. Evans-Page previously served as the inaugural Chief Sustainability and Diversity Officer at Fossil Group and Head of Fossil Foundation. She launched Fossil Group’s global philanthropy practice, leading the strategic modernization of Fossil Group’s global philanthropic investment portfolio and environmental impact framework. She was also the architect of Fossil Foundation’s signature initiative, empowering youth through innovative partnerships with social entrepreneurs. To date, the organization has impacted the lives of 1M+ underserved young people around the globe.

In 2018, she was honored by Ebony Magazine as one of its Power 100 awardees in the “Women Up” category. In 2021, she was honored at the 12th Annual Powerful Women of The Bay Awards Luncheon and was recently selected as one of the honorees of the San Francisco Business Times 2021 Most Influential Women in Business. During her 20-plus year tenure at Hewlett-Packard Co., Ms. Evans-Page served as vice president and general manager of HP’s Imaging and Printing Attach Organization, which she launched and grew into a $600M+global enterprise. She currently serves on several boards including Southern New Hampshire University, IDEO.org, Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights museum, AT&T Performing Arts Center, and Jesuit College Prep Foundation and other advisory councils. Ms. Evans-Page earned a B.S. in Social Sciences/Organizational Behavior at the University of California at Berkeley, and an Executive M.B.A. at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. She is supported by her loving husband, Mark, and is inspired by her two college kids.

Thursday, October 28th at Paul Quinn College

Scott Tinker, Ph.D.

Director, Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin

Scott Tinker works to bring industry, government, academia, and nongovernmental organizations together to address major societal challenges in energy, the environment, and the economy. Dr. Tinker is Director of the 250-person Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Edwin Allday Endowed Chair in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin. With Director Harry Lynch, Tinker coproduced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film Switch, which has been screened in over 50 countries to more than 15 million viewers and is used on thousands of K-through-12 and college campuses. Dr. Tinker formed the nonprofit Switch Energy Alliance in 2016 and has completed two new films: Switch On, a feature length documentary addressing global energy poverty, and Energy Makes our World, a five-minute, Hollywood-quality film made for global museums and giant screens.

Thursday, October 28th, Legacy Luncheon at Paul Quinn College Honoring

Roslyn Dawson Thompson

President & CEO at Texas Women’s Foundation

Roslyn joined Texas Women’s Foundation as president and CEO in July 2011. A lifelong advocate for women and girls, she moved from a 25-year career as owner of an award-winning national marketing communications firm to leading the organization she had supported since its inception.

Under Roslyn’s leadership, the Foundation has undertaken ambitious strategic initiatives to impact women’s economic security and women’s leadership. During her tenure, the Foundation has increased its assets by 43% to $40 million, and its grants and programs benefiting women and girls have grown by 180% to over $7 million annually. In addition, Texas Women’s Foundation is now an acknowledged leader in the gender lens investing movement and has deployed 100% of its assets in a gendered impact portfolio that yields both financial returns and social benefits to women and girls.