How Can Leaders Support Racial Healing?




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Oct 22, 2020
by Louise Hallman
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How Can Leaders Support Racial Healing?

Leaders from philanthropy and finance explore how their funds can best support racial equity in second Designs on the Future webinar

The triple pandemic of racism, recession and COVID-19 hurts poor and minority communities most. Whole societies pay the cost. If racial disparities in health, education, incarceration, and employment were eliminated, the US economy could gain an extra $8 trillion by 2050.

Who and where are the leaders ready to tackle structural injustice over the next decade? How can corporations and foundations drive capital to communities of color? How might changes in the US impact – and be impacted by – other countries that also struggle to address deep-rooted inequities? 

These – and many more – were the questions facing La June Montgomery Tabron (CEO of the Kellogg Foundation) and Kirk Wickman (President of alternative investment firm Angelo Gordon & Co in the webinar, How Can Leaders Support Racial Healing?

The candid conversation was moderated by Salzburg Global Vice President Clare Shine and streamed live from Schloss Leopoldskron to an audience of Salzburg Global Fellows, donors and friends around the world. 

Watch the webinar in full

A New, Open Initiative 

Designs on the Future is a new, open initiative inspired by Salzburg Global’s radical roots and the unrivalled diversity of our Fellowship. Following in that tradition, the second webinar also featured several Fellows. In addition to Tabron (who first came to Salzburg in 1997 for another program on race and diversity, then sponsored by the Kellogg Foundation), “provocations” were submitted by several Fellows, including Bisi Alimi (Salzburg Global LGBT Forum), Susan Glisson (American Studies Program), Katrina Scotto di Carlo and Markus Diethelm (both of the Salzburg Global Corporate Governance Forum), and Omari Rush (Young Cultural Innovators Forum).

The full list of Fellows' provocations, as well the additional provocative questions posed in the chat during the webinar are all available on the program webpage

This webinar was the second in the Designs on the Future series, which was launched with the discussion Has Democracy Become a Spectator Sport? with Salzburg Global Fellows, US politician and voters’ rights advocate Stacey Abrams and journalist and writer Will Dobson, whose writing includes the book, The Dictator's Learning Curve: Inside the Global Battle for Democracy. Abrams and Dobson were in turn joined by three more Salzburg Global Fellows acting as “provocateurs”: Maria Farrell, a speaker and writer on technology, politics and the future, consultant on internet governance and infrastructure; Henry W. Leung, a poet and creative nonfiction writer from Hong Kong studying law at UC Berkeley, USA; and Chloe Hakim-Moore, founder and director of Next Memphis in Tennessee, USA.

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