Session 1:  Bold

9:00am - 10:30am 

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Nkechi Taifa

Talk Title:  Reparations: An Issue Whose Time Has Come

Nkechi Taifa is an attorney, activist, academician and author. A passionate and visionary professional, she enjoys decades of experience as an accomplished justice system reform strategist and advocate. Taifa excels at advancing creative, cutting edge approaches that encourage out-of-the box thinking and action. The wealth of her experiences has allowed her to pursue justice from different vantage points -- as a litigator, lobbyist, scholar, advocate, policy analyst, community organizer, convener and grant-maker.

Twitter: @Nkechi_Taifa      Facebook:@ntaifa
Instagram: @nkechitaifa       LinkedIn: nkechitaifa
Medium: nkechi-taifa.medium.com

Nicole Lester -Arrindell

Talk Title:  Everyday People Can Be Everyday Leaders

Nicole is the Senior Director & Government Relations Counsel at Equitable Holdings. She was previously Associate General Counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the New York City Dept of Consumer Affairs where she supervised attorneys and non-attorneys in the Consumer Protection Unit. Before joining city government, Nicole was a Senior Staff Attorney in the Consumer Rights Project at Mobilization for Justice, where she represented low-income New Yorkers in state court on consumer law issues including, unfair debt collection practices, identity theft, and foreclosure rescue scams. Nicole speaks on various topics including consumer law and leadership development at colleges, conferences, and continuing legal education programs. Nicole is the Founder and CEO of NLA Strategies LLC, a consulting firm focused on helping high-achieving rising leaders. She is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law and was Chief of Staff for Brian Kavanah (now State Senator).

LinkedIn: nicolelesterarrindell Instagram: @nicole_arrindell
Twitter: @NicArrindell77

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Jori Mundy

Talk Title: Without this One Thing, Your Career Will Hit a Brick Wall

Jori currently serves as a Director with the Texas Health and Human Services Commission. She is responsible for inspiring and developing a highly engaged team to achieve program outcomes. In addition, she is charged with finding opportunities to maximize program income, improve processes through automation and program related provider enrollment. Even with the myriad of duties, the common denominator remains with helping and inspiring people.

She is a past Board member of the Executive Women in Texas Government Organization. She is a 2019 graduate of the prestigious
National Leadership America program. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Indiana University and a Master of Public Affairs from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs - one of the top public universities in the country. In 2020 she was featured in The Evolving Woman e-magazine. She has spoken on a variety of platforms, for varying organizations to both large and small audiences.

Instagram: officialjorimundy. Facebook: officialjorimundy
Linkedin: jori-m-4056aba6