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Keynote Speakers

James Burroughs

James Burroughs

James Burroughs is the Chief Equity and Inclusion Officer at Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. 

#EquityActions = #PostiveResults

What is equity and inclusion? What are equity actions?

Besides being very popular buzz words, it seems most organizations understand the value of discussing equity, diversity and inclusion, but few have created sustainable actions with long term strategies and goals to help create positive outcomes. 

How do we change culture and strive for health, economic and social equity? How is success measured and what difference will it make?  How do we hold ourselves accountable?  

We will explore #EquityActions and how they lead to transformative change.  We will address these questions and more, creating a child life toolkit and learning how to become and Equity Action Champion!

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Michelle Kim

Michelle Kim

Michelle Kim (Pronouns: she/her) is the Co-Founder and CEO of Awaken, a leading provider of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion training programs that go beyond just “checking the box.” Michelle believes in creating compassionate space for uncomfortable conversations in order to build connections and inspire lasting change. 

Michelle has consulted hundreds of organizations on their diversity and inclusion strategy and education journey, working with top executives from Fortune 500 to tech giants to influence change.

Michelle is a recognized thought leader and her work has appeared on world renowned platforms such as Forbes, The New York Times, and NPR, and she was named Medium’s Top Writer in Diversity. 

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