"By definition, JUSTICE is fairness in the way people are treated. We invite you to attend our highly acclaimed JUSTWise Talk Series to learn about creating systemic change that truly moves the needle.” Dr. Stephan M. Branch, CEO, World Trade Resource

SERIES II SESSION 2: How are the biases being perpetuated by the entertainment industry affecting your workforce, and what you can do about it: A Courageous Conversation with an Academy Award-winning Director

Date: Mar 11, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

A Courageous Conversation with an Academy Award-winning Director

It is clear that film reinforces and even creates unconscious biases around gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age, etc. The characters that are brought to life on the screen drive and reinforce conscious and unconscious biases, as well as the macro and microaggressions that show up in the workplace. How can companies mitigate this and even demand better from the film industry? How can we, as corporates, begin to create real systemic change in this significant space that commands such a powerful influence over our society and our workplace?

In this session, we will have a courageous conversation with an industry leader about the entertainment industry and how that corporate and consumer habits play in what gets made.

We will:

  • Understand how data influences our corporate and entertainment industry leaders and their thoughts on the future
  • Debate how the events of 2020, including Black Lives Matter, a Pandemic, and the election of Joe Biden will impact our workplace in 2021 and how that will impact the movies being made
  • Discuss how diversity influences or impedes the ability to create bankable movies


Panel Moderator
T. Oliver Reid WTR Board Member Award-winning Broadway performer & founder of The Black Theater Coalition


SERIES II SESSION 3: Exploring the Dimension of Diversity Through Data and People: Generational Perspectives

Date: Apr 8, 2021, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Generational Perspectives

Since the 1960s, organizations have been reporting data on race and gender via the EEOC and AAP to help drive informed decisions and set policy. We display data in a binary way – black or white, male or female, gay or straight, old or young, wealthy or poor. Yet today, we talk about living in the “age of data.” We may know how many blacks or women under the age of 23 live in a particular country, but there is a lot more that shapes diversity. Even with the concept of intersectionality, which describes two-dimensions, such as black and female, it is not easy to find research and data. And it is near impossible to find data once the dimensions of diversity become even more complicated, such as black and female and gay and GenY.

Join us for JUSTWise Talk Series II that explores the framework for discussing and measuring people’s complex multi-dimensions today. If we do not have the framework, how are corporations and policy setters creating fact-based and data-based policies and programs? And how do we ensure that the people with converging dimensions are being represented and understood?

In this session, we will have an interactive discussion with Gen X, Y, and Z diversity & equity leaders to gain their generational perspectives on the definition of diversity, why each generation has a new and different lens and their insights on the impact of data on policy and programs in their future.

We will:

  • Gain a generational perspective on diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Discuss how diversity influences or impedes, the ability to live an authentic life
  • Explore ways in which the complexity of data influences our leaders and their thoughts on the future
  • Understand the hopes and dreams of our future diverse leaders

Featured panelists:

Jordan Thomas Rhodes Scholar, Chief of Staff to Ray Chambers, and Board of Directors PALCUS

Eric Gonzalez Mercedes Sr. Director, Global Head of D&I, Audible

Omari Head Director, Paramount Lodging Advisors

Panel Moderator
Patricia A. Lee President & Founder, P.A.L. Coaching & Consulting