It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race
Break through the barriers that perpetuate racism.
On October 23, 2013, the YWCA hosted the 11th Annual It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race, featuring keynote speaker Andrés Tapia. A group of diverse community leaders -- from business, education, arts and community service -- discussed ways to move Minnesota forward.
The YWCA of Minneapolis knows that the strength of our future depends on our ability to examine the reality of demographic shifts and racial disparities in Minnesota, discuss strategic solutions for improving race relations, and commit ourselves to action in creating an inclusive community. Your support of this program ensures we are able to continue this work for years to come.
It's Time to Talk is the largest forum on race in the nation. And it does not stop there.
Corporations, nonprofit organizations, religious groups and schools have found participating in It's Time to Talk to be thought-provoking and inspirational. Based on feedback from attendees at previous events, you will leave inspired to personally take action to improve race relations at work, in the community, and with family and friends.
You are invited to get involved with this powerful program:
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12th Annual It’s Time to Talk: Forums on Race
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center
Keynote Presentation: Andrés Tapia
“Diversity is the mix. Inclusion is making the mix work.”
Andrés Tapia has been one of the leading voices in shaping a contemporary, next-generation approach to diversity and inclusion. The approach is global, deeply integrated into talent systems, and focused on enabling marketplace success. He has more than 25 years of experience as a C-suite management consultant, diversity executive, organizational development and training professional, and journalist.
Andrés joined Korn/Ferry Leadership and Talent Consulting from Diversity Best Practices, a diversity and inclusion think tank and consultancy, where he acted as President and was responsible for the organization's overall vision, strategy and outcomes. Prior to his tenure there, he acted as Chief Diversity Officer and Emerging Workforce Solutions Leader for Hewitt Associates and was responsible for shaping and leading that organization's internal diversity transformation, as well as its diversity consultancy.
Throughout Europe, Asia, North America and his native Latin America, Andrés has served clients in shaping their enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion business cases and strategies across industries -- including financial, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, government, not-for-profits and education -- with dozens of Global 500 organizations, such as John Deere, Marriott, United, Target, Cigna and Novartis, as well as non-US multinationals in Brazil, South Korea and India.
Andrés, the author of a groundbreaking book, "The Inclusion Paradox: The Obama Era and the Transformation of Global Diversity," is a frequently sought-after speaker on the topic of diversity and inclusion. He is the recipient of numerous leadership and diversity awards and has served on a number of boards, including currently serving on the editorial board of Diversity Executive Magazine, the corporate advisory board for the Bentley University Center for Women and Business, and Ravinia Festival.
Andrés received a Bachelor's degree in modern history from Northwestern University with an emphasis in journalism and political science. He grew up in a bilingual/bicultural home in Lima, Perú. He’s married to Lori and they have one daughter, Marisela, who is a professional flamenco dancer.