2021 Equity Summit

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Workshops and Presenters

The 2021 Summit includes breakout sessions on a number of skill-building topics. This list is live and will continue to grow as we get closer to the Summit.

  • Interested in multiple workshops during the same breakout?
  • Unable to take part in all or part the 2-day Summit?

When you register, videos from the entire Summit will be available to you online for three months.

Thursday Breakout Sessions

Friday Breakout Sessions



(In alphabetical order) View detailed bios of our presenters here.

Andrea Alberti

Director, Head to Head Documentary

Mags Bouffard

Development and Program Evaluation Associate, The Lighthouse Foundation

Dr. Cheryl A. Burton

President/CEO of Cheryl A. Burton Consulting

Ellen Burton

E.J. Burton and Assoc., Board Member, Open Studio Project

Dick Co

Worker-Owner, Evanston Development Cooperative

Sarah E. Dennis, Ph.D.

Adjunct Faculty, UIC College of Education

Kimberly Ellis, Ph.D., aka "Dr. Goddess"

Scholar of American and Africana Studies, Artist, Activist, and Entrepreneur

Jamie Frazier

Executive Director, The Lighthouse Foundation

Anna Grant-Bolton

Organizer, Evanston Fight for Black Lives & ETHS senior

Glenance Green

Co-Founder of the Black Researchers Collective

Margot Greer

Founder, Woven

Caronina Grimble

Director of the Office of Strategy, Equity, and Transformation at the Illinois Department of Human Services

Kate Harrington-Rosen

Director, Equity Outreach and Education

Jerome’ Holston

Director, LGBT Chamber of Commerce of Illinois

Leslé Honoré

Blaxican Artist, Activist, and author of Fist & Fire

Maudlyne Ihejirika

President at Chicago Journalists Association Charitable Fund, Inc.

Kumar Jensen

Chief Sustainability and Resilience Officer, City of Evanston

Carol Jungman

Organization Development Consultant

Sarah Laing

Executive Director, Open Studio Project 

Bela Moté

CEO, Carole Robertson Center for Learning

Ish Orkar

Senior Equity Specialist, Northwestern University 

Geraldine Palmer, Ph.D

Community Wellness Institute

Mikaela Parisien

Mikaela Parisien, Organizer, Evanston Fight for Black Lives & ETHS senior

Kali Patrice

Founder, The Image Studios

Alyscia Raines, M.Ed.

ADR Consulting Group

Robin Rue Simmons

Strategist, civic entrepreneur and alderman of Evanston’s 5th Ward

Melanie Sampson

Content Director of the Clear Language Lab at Literacy Works

Pat Savage-Williams

President, Evanston Township High School Board

Jan Schakowsky

Congresswoman, Illinois' 9th Congressional District

Terrin Sharp

Open Studio Project/ Adler School of Professional Psychology 

Lyna Smith-Williams

Public Speaker, Instructional Designer, L&D Consultant & Facilitator

Loraine Palmer Snead

Director of Equity and Inclusion, Tabor Academy

Funded in part by a grant from Healing Illinois.

Non-Profit Partners:

Evanston Community Foundation
Evanston Public Library
Connections for the Homeless