Make Room at the Table

Thursday, Jul 30, 2020, 12:00 PM

Thursday, July 30 · Noon · BYOL(unch)

Diversity is one of the greatest gifts in our society. It brings about unique perspectives, experiences, challenges; fosters iron-sharpening dialogue; and catalyzes change. But how is it that some perspectives are denied, forgotten or unknowingly excluded when it comes to certain industries and C-suites? Join AAF Memphis for this life-changing virtual panel where we will celebrate diversity, uncover the benefits of an inclusive workplace and explore how we can make our work environments more inclusive, and thereby more successful for us all.

Nicole A. Thomas, Diversity & Inclusion practitioner will moderate a panel of experts: Whitney Hardy, Belo Cipriani and Pam Johnson. Thursday, July 30, 12pm CST. This is one FREE virtual event you, your colleagues AND your leadership do NOT want to miss! 

ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/2115952803557/WN_yO3vqpLORtmuvtqboHzOIA

Meet Our Panelists

Dr. Belo Miguel Cipriani:

Dr. Belo Miguel Cipriani  is a digital inclusion consultant whose books and articles have been recognize nationally and internationally for their contributions to the technology, diversity and disability advocacy fields. He is the CEO and founder of Oleb Media – a digital access firm – and the publishing house Oleb Books. In 2020, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz appointed him to the state’s Council on Disability. Learn more at belocipriani.com.

Whitney Hardy:

Whitney Hardy founded 3RDSPACE in 2014 to strengthen the relationship between the arts, communities, and economic development/government agencies. In 2020, 3RDSPACE will launch the inaugural Memphis Art + Design Week, an event to amplify the role of Memphis’s underestimated art and culture scene to a national audience.

Whitney is an award-winning entrepreneur, cultural architect, and business strategist. As an executive she applies +10 years of start-up, business development, public accounting, and information technology experience to solve problems, find opportunities, and help businesses and cities grow. 

She serves as the Director of Entrepreneurial Programs for Epicenter where she manages a portfolio of Memphis-based businesses in the sectors of community business, food-agriculture, maker products, music, film, and creative innovation.

Hardy was born and raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She is national speaker and and has written for publications such as Vice and Americans for the Arts.

Pam Johnson:

Pam Crittendon Johnson is a 19-year employee of FedEx and is currently an Advisor in the Global Citizenship group.  Her specific responsibilities include managing strategic programs and philanthropic relationships with national and international non-profit organizations.  She is the lead for the Global Entrepreneurship giving pillar, working with organizations focused on developing and growing minority- and women-owned businesses around the world. 

She also works with major institutions and non-profits focused on Diversity and Inclusion, such as National Cares Mentoring, The Trevor Foundation, and the Executive Leadership Council.  

A 2005 winner of the FedEx Five Star Award (the company’s highest honor) previous roles include Manager of the FedEx video production team, and Senior Communications Specialist on the Community Relations and Issues and Crisis Management teams. 

She is familiar face many throughout the Memphis, TN area because of her many years in radio and television broadcasting – 18 of those years as an award-winning anchor/reporter at the CBS affiliate, WREG-TV.  Other professional experience includes radio journalist, advertising, public relations, voice-over talent, freelance writing and video production.  

Pam has been involved in numerous civic and community organizations over the years including the Memphis Urban League, United Way, Girls Inc., Memphis Association of Black Journalists, March of Dimes, and Leadership Memphis.  She has been involved in numerous community service activities as a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. 

Moderated by Nicole A. Thomas

Nicole A. Thomas is a Marketing & Communications Strategist and Founder of the Nicallyss Creative Group. She has led diversity and inclusion efforts, community investments, and employee engagement, as well as corporate philanthropy and volunteerism for Fortune 500 companies. She earned her certification in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University. Her focus is fostering inclusive environments,  collaboration and innovation.

Special thanks to Pretty Useful Co for the creative for this luncheon!