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Wednesday, February 28 • 11:15am - 12:45pm
President’s Choice: "Moving from Diversity on Paper to Equity in Action"

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A common thread throughout the conference has addressed the Society’s core values including diversity and inclusion, as well as advocacy for our profession, for our community and the arts. In this session, we’ll engage with the summary of data collected at the 2018 ARLIS/NA Leadership Institute and explore ways to embody empowerment toward personal and shared tools to design a proposal for next steps from the Society’s leadership. The session will be co-facilitated by Nasha Taylor and Melinda Brown who will guide us in inclusive and interactive methods for advocating for ourselves, our profession, and our communities.

Nasha Taylor's work centers on community building and empowerment towards self-realization.  She's trained in grassroots community organizing, youth leadership development, and nonprofit program management. She's played a lead role in initiatives to bridge the digital divide, promote media literacy, and design a poverty reduction pilot project.  The common thread through her more than 10 years of service and professional experiences is practicing reflective inquiry, for self and within relationships, to heal, harmonize, and build communities who learn, grow, and share. In previous roles, she helped to found the Binghamton Neighborhood Assemblies, Binghamton Youth Bureau, Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative, Technology Learning Collaborative. Most recently she co-led the founding of the Binghamton-Broome Anti Poverty Initiative and helped introduce the first Collective Impact Conference to stimulate a cross-sector, inclusive economic development culture with equity at the center.  Nasha grew up in Binghamton, NY and earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications and Media at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She's employed as a Program Manager at Year Up Greater Philadelphia to close the opportunity divide. Find Nasha online on LinkedIn @NashaTaylor or email nashataylor@gmail.com

Meeting Melinda Brown is meeting pure positive energy. She’s a speaker, trainer, executive, and expert in workforce development. Her passion is empowering people and teams, her impact optimizes systems, and her legacy is breaking cycles of poverty in minds and in communities. Melinda has taken her life from growing up in a low-income South Philadelphia neighborhood, to sought-after thought partner, business leader, entrepreneur, and teacher. As a talent developer, she knows how to build and lead teams through start-up, change management, revitalization and turnaround. Her professional partnership increases revenues for businesses through executive-level consultation, workshops, and events. Her current leadership pushes the opportunity movement forward by creating diversified teams and in-demand leadership across the business sector. Her results are proven in how she co-led Year Up to expand its professional training corps from Philadelphia to launch a new site in Wilmington, DE in partnership with a local college and one of the largest financial corporations in the United States. In responding to market needs, she’s piloting an innovative JAVA programming apprenticeship with national nonprofit and corporate partners for job growth. She is also appointed as an Official Member of the Forbes Nonprofit Leadership Council. Her advocacy for diversity, equity and inclusion can be seen with her inaugural membership in both the DiverseForce and Fels Institute Board Governance Program at University of Pennsylvania and the Committee for the Women’s Way Economic Security Initiative. Beyond Year Up, she’s the Founder and CEO for MB Legacies, LLC, a platform for motivational speaking and personal/professional development training.
Find Melinda online www.melinda-brown.com, on LinkedIn @melinda-brown, on Instagram and Facebook @melindamotivates.

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Eumie Imm Stroukoff

Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Research Center, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
I look forward to discussing how ARLIS/NA's strategic directions and core values can help us explore and discover new ways of working together. See you in NYC!

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Melinda Brown

Site Director, Higher Education Programs, Year Up Greater Philadelphia
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Nasha Taylor

Program Manager, Year Up Greater Philadelphia

Wednesday February 28, 2018 11:15am - 12:45pm EST
Hilton: Nassau