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2021 It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race™

Keynote Address: Thursday, October 28, 11:00 am – 12:20 pm
Facilitated Dialogues: Thursday, October 28 – Friday, October 29 (various times available)
Location: Virtual
Cost: $25-50

We are excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker: Ijeoma Oluo!

Join us as we hear from writer, speaker and internet yeller Ijeoma Oluo (Eee-joh-mah Oh-lou-oh). She is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller, “So You Want to Talk About Race,” and most recently, “Mediocre: The Dangerous Legacy of White Male America.” She was named to the 2021 TIME 100 Next list and has twice been named to the Root 100. She received the 2018 Feminist Humanist Award and the 2020 Harvard Humanist of the Year Award from the American Humanist Association. See more of Ijeoma’s work here.

Registration is now closed. See you next year!

Research shows the foundation for sustained change is engaging in dialogue.

At It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race attendees will build their foundation through:

  • Hearing a powerful keynote speaker
  • Connecting with other professionals doing racial justice work
  • Participating in facilitated dialogue about lived experiences of race and racism in Minnesota

Join us to break through the barriers that perpetuate racism.

Event Details

New for 2021! This year’s virtual event will take place on Cadence, an all-in-one event platform where participants can connect with one another, watch the keynote address, participate in facilitated dialogues and access helpful resources.

For the first time ever, you can participate in the facilitated dialogue at a time that works best for you. One-hour facilitated dialogues will be offered at four different times:

  • Thursday, October 28, 12:30 – 1:30 pm
  • Thursday, October 28, 5:00 – 6:00 pm
  • Friday, October 29, 9:00 – 10:00 am
  • Friday, October 29, 1:00 – 2:00 pm

In mid-October, registrants will receive an invitation to join the event from Cadence. We encourage participants to log in right away, set up a profile and register for a facilitated dialogue session. You will see multiple “room” options at the dialogue session times.

Table hosts and groups that wish to participate in the same session are encouraged to sign up for the same room. Reserve your spot as soon as possible!

Cadence support staff will be available during the event to assist with any technical issues.

About the Event

It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race fosters a space for racial justice engagement that is open to all people, no matter where they are in their racial justice journey. Participants connect with a network of people committed to racial justice and attendees leave the event ready to advance inclusion at work, in the community and with family and friends.

Over 1,000 diverse leaders from business, education, arts and community service will come together to move Minnesota forward through honest conversation about race.

  • Educates about facets of racism, equity and inclusion
  • Engages in dialogue, discussion and self-reflection
  • Empowers communities to lead sustainable change

The strength of our future depends on our ability to develop new skills around inclusion and equity, understand the realities of racism today and commit ourselves to action.


Proceeds raised from It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race support YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice programs, which empower communities and workplaces to stand against racism, embrace new perspectives and promote justice for all people.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Event sponsorship connects your organization to this powerful racial justice program. Sponsors of the event will receive opportunities for customized consulting services by YWCA Minneapolis Inc.lude™ Equity and Inclusion Consulting.

For more information on 2021 sponsorship opportunities, please contact

Scholarships Available

Full and partial scholarships are available for this event. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis for a limited number of scholarships. Please direct any questions to

About YWCA’s Racial Justice and Public Policy Work

YWCA Minneapolis is a national leader in the field of racial equity; facilitating change and generating meaningful action in the workplace and the community.

YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice and Public Policy Department works within the community to eliminate inequities on interpersonal, institutional and systemic levels through a continuum of moving from knowledge, awareness and skills to action. We do this through assessment, inclusion planning and facilitated dialogues in the workplace.

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For more information about attending It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race or sponsoring a table for your organization, contact


Media Inquiries

Contact Cori Mattli at or 612-460-1125.