Featured Speakers

Linda Fisher Thornton

Sunday, April 19 | 5:00-6:15 p.m. 

Linda Fisher Thornton is an innovative leadership development consultant and author of 7 Lenses: Learning the Principles and Practices of Ethical Leadership, which introduces a practical 7-lens model for seeing ethical complexity and 14 guiding principles for learning ethical leadership. A former bank senior vice president and now CEO of Leading in Context, LLC, Fisher Thornton has been in the leadership development field for over 25 years and is redefining “leadership” at a higher level with ethical values built in.

She is on Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership Speakers list and has worked with leaders across industries, including Global Fortune 500 companies, nonprofit organizations, government entities, healthcare and education. She also teaches leadership and applied ethics as an adjunct associate professor for the University of Richmond School of Professional and Continuing Studies.

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Dr. Kand McQueen

Monday, April 20 | 8:45-10:30 a.m.

Dr. Kand McQueen studies issues of the transgender experience, intersexuality and the inadequacies of our current two-and-only-two sex/gender way of thinking. As a nationally-known keynote speaker and advocate for transgender awareness, Dr. McQueen will make the case for a greater acceptance of all human beings.

He received his Ph.D. in educational psychology — inquiry methodology from Indiana University and developed the Attitudes Toward the Atypically Gendered Inventory (ATAG-I), an instrument designed to gauge such attitudes. After spending more than 12 years as a university professor, Dr. McQueen now works as a full-time public speaker.

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Phyllis Braxton-Frierson

Tuesday, April 21 | 8:45-10:15 a.m.

Phyllis Braxton-Frierson, who has worked in diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for more than 20 years in educational institutions, healthcare, community organizations and other nonprofits, will share how we can build a common foundation of understanding around DEI in our campus communities. Braxton-Frierson is the CEO and founder of PINK Consulting, LLC, and The PINK Brand.

In addition to her work at PINK Consulting, she also currently serves as co-director and team leader for Minnesota S.E.E.D. (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity); as a training team member of the Blandin Foundation’s Leading in Ethnically Diverse Communities; as a certified administer and member of the Intercultural Development Inventory Training Faculty, Intercultural Conflict Styles, Cultural Detective, Myers-Briggs Type Inventory and The Leadership Circle Profile (a 360-degree feedback leadership tool); and as a contract clinical therapist at Arubah Emotional Health Services, where she serves and supports women and girls with an emphasis on females of color effected by personal, cultural and environmental adverse experiences with trauma-informed and evidence-based treatment.

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