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Equity by Design: How Humility + Vulnerability Will Move Us Toward an Equitable Future

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In a culture that promotes failing small, fast, and often as an admirable innovation practice, failures of inequity and exclusion cause greater harm and are frequently tinged with shame and blame. How might we co-create brave spaces in which people and organizations aiming to integrate equitable and inclusive practices and policies in their work can brainstorm, co-create, and share about their ideas and attempts to engage in collective learning and growth? What role can vulnerability play in accelerating our progress toward equity? Panelists from a range of backgrounds will share about their struggles and successes in promoting equitable outcomes both internally in their organizations and externally in their community work, and discuss strategies for building a culture of humility and accountability. 

This session will: 

  • Explore how we might cultivate more courageous conversations and accountability structures that support collective progress toward equity.
  • Identify strategies for translating values into concrete actions that will begin to disrupt or dismantle inequity and exclusion in our organizations.
  • Demonstrate the various ways leaders across the U.S.  are thinking about and engaging in the journey toward racial equity.

Confirmed Panelists

Moderator: Hilary Sedovic, Learning & Education Manager, Creative Reaction Lab 
Hilary Sedovic, LMSW is a social work professional specialized in planning, implementation, and evaluation of programs that promote equitable community outcomes through systems change. She earned a graduate degree focused on management and social entrepreneurship from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. As Learning and Education Manager at Creative Reaction Lab, she designs and facilitates workshops supporting institutions that are seeking to better understand and improve their relationship to equity, develops curricula and other tools for the Equity-Centered Community Design process, and manages ongoing evaluation strategy and implementation.

Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder, President and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit educating and deploying youth leadership to challenge racial and health inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations. Within this capacity, Antionette has pioneered a new, award-winning form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design (named a Fast Company World Changing Idea Finalist in General Excellence and Urban Design). Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for non-profits working for social justice, human rights, diversity, equity, and inclusion. These experiences led to her current work as a social entrepreneur, non-profit leader, and design activist.

Cristina Garza leads AVANCE-Austin, a two-generation education nonprofit focused on Spanish-speaking Latinx families in Central Texas. Prior to being the Executive Director at AVANCE-Austin, she served as Director of Social Impact for the Mission Economic Development Corporation where she curated and lead all STEAM and entrepreneurship initiatives for this EDC, and through this work committed herself improving the financial mobility of area residents, and fostering progressive and equitable economic development practices. She is Code.Org’s 2019 Champion of Computer Science. She is also a 2017 Next City Vanguard and named by CityLab Latino one of the Top 20 Young Civic Leaders of 2017. Before her career in economic development, Cristina worked in several museums in New York City including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rubin of Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Historical Society, and the Brooklyn Museum. She holds a BA from New York University, an MA from Syracuse University where she received the Florence Fellowship.

Unconfirmed Panelists


Percilla Frizzell (Diné) graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and a master’s degree in education. After Teach For America, she studied community organizing at the Harvard Kennedy School with Marshall Ganz. Percilla manages a portfolio of strategies for systems change, including teaching and leading healing spaces in prisons, consulting for education organizations and advocating for tribal communities by serving on national advisory councils for Native education. She co-founded Sacred Generations alongside her formerly incarcerated husband (Shoshone). Their personal proximity to pain and power as system-impacted Indigenous peoples of this stolen land has brought them together to lead healing and racial justice movement building in Native California. Percilla made Echoing Green history by becoming the very first second-generation Teach For America alum (former student and corp member) to join our global network of social impact leaders.

Charli Cooksey, founder & CEO of WEPOWER, is a St. Louis native who returned home in 2009 to serve as a middle school English educator through Teach For America after completing her undergraduate studies at Prairie View A&M University. In 2011, Charli co-founded an educational access venture called inspireSTL. During Charli’s tenure, each senior class of inspireSTL Scholars celebrated 100% high school graduation and four-year college acceptance rates. inspireSTL has inducted seven classes of scholars, and it is on track to serve approximately 400 scholars annually. Charli went on to serve as an Executive-in-Residence at the United Way with a focus on education innovation. Prior to WEPOWER, she served as the Interim Executive Director/Lead Catalyst of Forward Through Ferguson.

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