UNITE will feature keynote speakers from diverse backgrounds and expertise to inspire you, help you lead, and show you how thinking outside of the box can help you manage your local government in today’s complex environment.

The center and kick-off to each day’s UNITE schedule of events, each keynote general session is a presentation of a compelling, timely topic by one of the world’s most inspired thinkers.

Robin DiAngelo – Thursday General Session

Robin DiAngelo is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism, which has been on the New York Times bestseller list for almost two years and been translated into multiple languages. Her book is widely considered an essential guide for white people seeking to understand and challenge racism. Her research has been the subject of conversations taking place in business and organizations worldwide and has influenced the international dialogue on race. In her talks, Dr. DiAngelo, an academic, author, and facilitator, explains systemic racism with clarity and accessibility. She has the exceptional ability to speak directly about what has traditionally been a deeply challenging and taboo conversation in a way that opens and engages her audience. In so doing, she provides the questions and perspectives needed to develop more racially-just practices.

Robin DiAngelo – In the News: 

CBS News special “Justice for All” explores nationwide fury over racism and brutality in policing – CBS News

Robin DiAngelo: How ‘white fragility’ supports racism and how whites can stop it – CNN

Debunking The Most Common Myths White People Tell About Race | Think | NBC News – NBC News THINK

Thank you to our Thursday General Session sponsor