ywca Minneapolis

It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race™

Break through the barriers that perpetuate racism.

2018 Event Registration Now Open!

Thursday, October 25, 2018
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Minneapolis Convention Center

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Research shows the foundation for sustained change is engaging dialogue.

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

  • Hearing a powerful keynote speaker
  • Enjoying lunch with industry leaders
  • Participating in facilitated dialogue at their table about lived experiences of race and racism in Minnesota

About the Event

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.

Sponsorships and Hosted Tables

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 Racial Justice and Public Policy Department.

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Keynote Presentation: Caroline Wanga

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This year's event features Caroline Wanga, Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer and Vice President of Human Resources at Target Corporation. She leads Target's strategic intent to champion an inclusive society with accountability for inclusive guest experiences, a diverse and inclusive work environment and societal impact.

As a cultural catalyst, Caroline fuels Target’s business objectives through the company’s first-ever performance based diversity and inclusion goals. Launched in 2015, supplier diversity, marketing, philanthropy, retention, hiring, representation and engagement have significantly improved.

Caroline began her Target career in supply chain in 2005, serving in a variety of transformational leadership roles, including modernizing supply chain, business intelligence, digital and strategy capabilities prior to joining the diversity and inclusion team in 2014.

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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.

The 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, facilitated dialogues in the workplace, and inclusion and engagement planning.

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Proceeds raised from It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race support YWCA Minneapolis Racial Justice programs—providing community workshops that explore topics on race, equity and social justice issues. Workshop participants are provided with a deeper level of understanding of these areas and an increased level of community engagement.   



For more information about attending It's Time to Talk: Forums on Race or sponsoring a table for your organization, contact IT2T@ywcampls.org


Media Inquiries 

View the press release. Contact Cori Mattli at cmattli@ywcampls.org or 612-215-4107.