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Wade Davis is the NFL’s first LGBT inclusion consultant, and has consulted for numerous professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection of sexism, racism and homophobia. He is also currently the Vice President of Inclusion Strategy for Product at Netflix and has consulted with Google, MTV/VH1, 21st Century Fox, AppNexus and others to co-create transformative solutions to build inclusive corporate cultures. Understanding the importance of engaging men around gender equity and equality, he has also built a ‘Men’s Gender Equality Development’ leadership program that launched with the United Nations 2018.

Luke Charles Harris is the co-founder and Director of Programs of the African American Policy Forum. Harris is also an Associate Professor of American Politics and Constitutional Law at Vassar College where he teaches American Politics, Black Feminist Legal Theory, Constitutional Interpretation and Critical Race Theory. An expert in the field of Critical Race Theory, Dr. Harris has authored a series of influential articles on questions of racial and gender equality in the U.S. Recently he co-authored, the edited volume Seeing Race Again: Countering Colorblindness Across the Disciplines.


Kiese Laymon is the Ottilie Schillig Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Mississippi. Laymon is the author of the novel, Long Division and a collection of essays, How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America, and Heavy: An American Memoir. Heavy, winner of the Andrew Carnegie Medal, the LA Times Isherwood Prize for Autobiographical Prose and Audible’s Audiobook of the Year, was named one of the Best Books of 2018 by The Undefeated, New York Times, Publishers Weekly, NPR, Broadly, Library Journal, The Washington Post, Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly, San Francisco Chronicle, and The New York Times Critics.


Marlon Peterson is founder and president of Precedential Group, a social justice consultancy that works to address the trauma revolving around the intersections of race, gender, violence, police violence and community violence. He is also the host of the DEcarcerated podcast which highlights the journeys of resilience, redemption, and success of formerly incarcerated people. Marlon has spearheaded the creation of two youth development programs in New York City, How Our Lives Link Altogether (H.O.L.L.A!) and Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets (YO SOS). With a focus on gun violence prevention and youth advocacy, both programs have provided programming for hundreds of young people. He has written extensively and his pieces have been featured in USA Today, The Huffington Post, The Nation, Ebony, and Gawker. Marlon has been honored by Ebony Magazine and was a 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational Behavior & Change from New York University and Associate of Applied Science in Criminal Justice from Ashworth University. Marlon is a Fellow of the inaugural class of the Civil Society Fellowship and a Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Institute. Marlon's first book, titled: Bird Uncaged: An Abolitionist's Freedom Song will be released with Bold Type Books in Spring 2021.

Alvin Starks is director of the equality team of Open Society-U.S., overseeing grant making related to racial justice and racial narrative. Most recently, he was director of strategic initiatives at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, which received a National Medal from the White House during his tenure. He sits on several nonprofit boards and has received numerous awards and fellowships for his leadership in philanthropy and racial justice.