DR. KEISHA N. BLAIN
CO-EDITOR OF FOUR HUNDRED SOULS
AUTHOR OF SET THE WORLD ON FIRE
8:00 -8:05 AM
Chair, The Governing Board
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Delores is Vice Chairwoman for d.e. Foxx & Associates, where she acts as a key strategic leader, ambassador, and advisor for the company and is responsible for driving the structure that facilitates the success of the organization’s strategic initiatives through established and emerging partnership. Before stepping into this role, she was President & Chief Operating Officer of XLC Services, a company she co-founded in 1986. Delores is a distinguished community leader serving as a Board Member for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Board Member for ArtsWave, Vice-Chair of Development for the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, and Chair of Greater Cincinnati Foundation Governing Board, to name a few.
8:05 -9:15 AM
SESSION I - Is Racism A Public Health Emergency?
DARLENE HIGHTOWER, J.D.
Community Health Equity
Rush University Medical Center
Darlene is Vice President of Community Health Equity for Rush University Medical Center, where she oversees a team of 40 staff who work to improve the health of individuals in Rush’s community areas by implementing three school-based health clinics, community outreach programs, community benefit reporting, and Rush’s cradle to career healthcare pipeline program. Darlene is also a member of the senior leadership team for West Side United, a cross-sector, collective impact collaborative aimed at improving health and economic vitality on Chicago’s West Side, as well as the Mayor’s newly formed Racial Equity Rapid Response Team to address the disproportionate impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on Black communities.
DR. ROBERT KAHN, MD, MPH
UC Department of Pediatrics & Executive Lead
Population and Community Health
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Rob is a general pediatrician and child health researcher. His main interest lies at the intersection of poverty and child health and how community organizations might intervene most effectively. He focuses on the most common pediatric conditions, such as asthma and ADHD and his work includes both NIH-Funded research and a focus on building collaborations with effective community agencies. He is the Associate Chair of Community Health and Professor at the University of Cincinnati, Department of Pediatrics and the Executive Lead for Population and Community Health at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. He helps direct the Community Health initiative in the Strategic Plan and is co-director of the Cincinnati Child-Health Law Partnership.
Chief Financial Officer
St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Lori is the Chief Financial Officer for St. Elizabeth Healthcare, a non-profit, safety net, AA rated billion dollar healthcare system in Northern Kentucky, with a mission to provide comprehensive and compassionate care that improves the health of the people it serves. It is sponsored by the Diocese of Covington and provides more than $100 million in uncompensated care and benefit to the community each year. Lori is responsible for the oversight of all financial services operations and financial strategy, including budgeting and financial planning, accounting, tax, treasury management, operations finance, supply chain operations, internal and external audit work, revenue cycle, managed care, and information systems throughout the St. Elizabeth system.
Director for Healthcare Engagement
& Director, Healthcare Anchor Network
David is the Director for Healthcare Engagement with the Democracy Collaborative & Lead for the Healthcare Anchor Network, a collaboration of more than 50 health systems focused on improving community health and well-being by building inclusive and sustainable local economies. His work focuses on how to use the enormous economic impact of hospitals and health systems as anchor institutions embedded in local communities. By leveraging the everyday business practices of hospitals and health systems, such as hiring, purchasing, and investing, this network is helping to transform the economic and consequent health well-being of socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals and neighborhoods.
9:25 -10:35 AM
SESSION II - Black Lives Matter
President & CEO
Greater Cincinnati Foundation
Ellen is the President & CEO of Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF), where she and her team have increased net assets by 40% and doubled annual contributions. With a laser focus on culture and strategy, she has led the charge to invest millions in the economic advancement of women and people of color, aligning all the foundation’s activity to ensure greater racial equity and growth potential for the Greater Cincinnati community. Earlier this year, GCF announced the expansion of its focus to advance justice and fairness through its newly formed Fund for Racial Justice with an initial commitment of $5 million. The GCF team will co-design the work of the fund with community partners and individuals directly impacted.
President & CEO
Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio
Eddie serves as the President & CEO of Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, an organization that transforms generations by promoting personal empowerment and economic self-sufficiency. In July, the Urban League launched The Center for Social Justice to create a deeper and sustained focus on social justice, advocacy, and policy issues, especially surrounding policing and police reform, and ultimately eliminate racially biased policing from the culture of police departments in the region. Prior to serving in this role, Eddie was the Chief Impact Officer for Mile High United Way in Metro Denver, where he led the organization’s $18 million in investment strategies and programming.
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
& Vice President of Human Resources
Max is the Chief Diversity & Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources for the Cintas Corporation, a $7 billion business services company. He joined Cintas in 2006 as in-house legal counsel and managed labor & employment and litigation matters for the company and later advanced through Human Resources. Max has served on the Board of Directors for a number of non-profit organizations, including the Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, the American Red Cross Greater Cincinnati Chapter, and the Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance, to name a few. In 2018, he received the Leader of Distinction Award from HRO Today Magazine and in 2019, received its Chief Human Resource Officer of the Year Award.
Chief Executive Officer
Democracy for America
Yvette is a lawyer, MBA, and former Cincinnati City Council President Pro Tempore. She served as the Federal Electoral Manager for Democracy for America (DFA) during the second half of 2018, helping to flip control of the US House with historic victories electing the most progressive and diverse coalition of candidates in America’s history. In January 2019, Yvette became the first woman to serve as a Chief Executive Officer at DFA as well as the first woman of color in executive leadership. DFA is a member-driven, people-powered political action committee. Its mission is building and empowering a broad coalition of grassroots organizers to elect people of color and white progressives to fight for inclusive populism at all levels of office in all 50 states.
10:45 -11:55 AM
SESSION III - Forty Acres & A Mule
Senior Director, Supplier Citizenship
The Procter & Gamble Company
Nalini is Senior Director, Supplier Citizenship for Procter & Gamble, where she amplifies P&G’s Citizenship strategy via its suppliers and supply chains through Supplier Diversity and Responsible Sourcing. Since 2008, P&G has spent more than $2 billion per year with diverse-owned businesses globally. The company continues to invest in this work by building capabilities of all its supply partners and leveraging their strengths to develop and manufacture superior products for its five billion consumers around the world. Previously, Nalini served as a Group Manager, where she developed a global strategic sourcing approach for nonwoven material needs across five P&G businesses.
President & CEO
Molly is the President & CEO of Al. Neyer, a commercial real estate developer. Prior to her current role, she served as the company’s CFO and has extensive experience in sophisticated capital instruments and is especially passionate about urban redevelopment and projects that foster diversity and inclusion at every level, including minority investment. Molly is also heavily engaged in the community and currently serves as the board chair of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber and is on the boards or is an active member of ArtWorks, Hamilton County Land Reutilization Corporation, REDI Cincinnati, Cincinnati Regional Business Committee, Young Presidents’ Organization, and the Cincinnati Women’s Executive Forum.
Associate Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer
MD Anderson Cancer Center
Calvin is the Associate Vice President & Chief Procurement Officer for The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he is responsible for Supply Chain Management, including procurement services, sourcing and contract management, clinical resource management, materials management operations, systems and administrative support, and supply chain analytics. Prior to joining MD Anderson, he was the Senior Vice President for Solutions Management for Intalere and held executive positions in supply chain management at Mercy Health, Vanguard Health Systems, and HCA Healthcare. Calvin is also Past President of the Nashville Chapter of the National Association of Health Services Executives.
Digital Inclusion + Internet Essentials
Karima is Vice President for Digital Inclusion + Internet Essentials at Comcast, where she leads the company’s signature digital inclusion initiative, which has connected more than eight million low-income people to the internet at home. In June, Comcast announced a $100 million, three-year plan to fight injustice and inequality in several key focus areas, including a deeper commitment to addressing digital inequities, which disproportionately impact communities of color. Under Karima’s leadership, Comcast is scaling up its pledge to provide digital skills training to young people and to upskilling adults with the aim of improving economic mobility. It will also support organizations such as Black Girls Code and BUILD, which serve under-sourced communities.
Call To Action
11:55 -12:00 PM
President & Chief Operating Officer
Ohio National Financial Services
In November 2018, Barbara became the eleventh president and first woman and person of color to serve as President & Chief Operating Officer of Ohio National Financial Services. She joined the company in 1997 and steadily rose in a variety of executive positions. Barbara attended the University of Cincinnati and is a graduate of the SIFMA/Wharton Securities Industry Institute. She has received numerous awards and recognitions and is very active in the community, serving as a member of the Cincinnati Regional Business Committee and Executive Leadership Council. She is also Vice Chair and Board Chair Elect of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati and on the boards of Cincinnati State Technical & Community College and Cincinnati Regional USA Chamber.