2022 FORUM/Diversity

I AM:

Multifaceted Approaches to Inclusion and Belonging

I AM: Multifaceted Approaches to Inclusion and Belonging

Virtual Professional Development SymposiumJanuary 24-28, 2022

Worldwide Virtual Hiring EventJanuary 27-29, 2022

Access to the professional development content closed on April 28, 2022.


2022 Keynote Speaker

Austin Channing Brown

Austin Channing Brown is a speaker, writer and media producer providing inspired leadership on racial justice in America. She is the author of I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made for Whiteness and the Executive Producer of web series The Next Question.

Her workshops and lectures are incisive, fun, disarming and transformative. By using an intentional mix of humor, pop culture, storytelling, and audience engagement, she awakens people to the current realities of systemic racism and the everyday actions which allow racism to thrive. Austin evokes thought, feeling and action as she celebrates Blackness and the possibility of justice in our organizations and communities. Her book shot to the top 20 of Amazon’s bestsellers list, leading in its categories for months. I’m Still Here has received acclaim from KirkusPublishers WeeklyBooklist, and more. It has also been featured in OnBeing, The Chicago Tribune, WNYC, The Religion News Service, with Shondaland declaring it, “[a] deeply personal celebration of blackness that simultaneously sheds new light on racial injustice and inequality while offering hope for a better future.” It was also selected as the book of the month for Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine book club.

As a media producer, Austin creates content that centers the experiences of Black women, dismantling the foundations of white supremacy. Her nationally-celebrated first season of The Next Question included Macarthur Genius Nikole Hannah-Jones, NYT bestselling authors Brene Brown, and Jasmine Guillory, and more. Alongside her co-creators Chi Chi Okwuand Jenny Booth Potter, the hosts examine complex topics affecting social justice while simultaneously celebrating the humanity of their guests.

Austin has a Bachelor of Arts in business management from North Park University as well as a Masters in Arts in social justice from Marygrove College in Detroit. Austin’s professional career began in the non-profit sector including homelessness/housing, youth engagement, fund development, and church operations.

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Boston | February 10, 2023 – February 11, 2023 FORUM/Boston

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New York City | March 3, 2023 FORUM/New York City

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San Francisco | March 17, 2023 FORUM/San Francisco

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Washington, D.C. | April 14, 2023 FORUM/Washington, D.C.

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Philadelphia | January 27, 2023 – January 28, 2023 FORUM/DEIB

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Boston | February 10, 2023 – February 11, 2023 FORUM/Boston

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New York City | March 3, 2023 FORUM/New York City

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San Francisco | March 17, 2023 FORUM/San Francisco

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Colorful sunset over the Capitol building
Washington, D.C. | April 14, 2023 FORUM/Washington, D.C.

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