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NHRC PDE - 9-10-20 Being "Resourceful" in the Community
Thursday, September 10, 2020, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM CDT
Category: NHRC PDE

Our communities, cities, and many of the countries where we operate are currently being confronted with the stark realities of racial inequities that have become more apparent with the crises in recent months. Companies are familiar with employing DEI strategies internally, but what about our role externally, in communities where we operate and/or where our employees live. During this roundtable we will briefly discuss corporate social responsibility with an equity lens.

Dr. Harriet Lewis is the Founder and Chief Visionary Officer of Konesens Development, a boutique consultancy that supports equity and inclusion by fostering community and economic development through corporate social responsibility (CSR), international trade, tourism promotion, technology, and capacity building. Dr. Lewis has worked in the research, and community and economic development spaces for over 25 years conducting business and tourism research studies, and leading organizations that served women, refugees, youth, and small business owners, including an international volunteer association and a chamber of commerce. Most importantly, she has led teams through staffing transitions and client opportunities that resulted in greater inclusion, stronger teams, and increased access to services for marginalized people.Dr. Lewis has an academic background in communications, public administration, philanthropy, and social policy and planning. She is a member of the Chicago International Trade Commissioners' Association and the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM); is the United Nations Representative for the Nigerian NGO, New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation; and also serves as the Honorary Consul for the Republic of Cabo Verde to the State of Illinois.

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