“Unconscious Bias – Unveiling Racism” - Equity & Inclusion in the Corporate World – A Panel Discussion Virtual Series – Sponsored by the SECT Women's Network – Free
June 10, 2021… The Southeastern CT Women’s Network is sponsoring a virtual panel discussion featuring local youth-“Equity and Inclusion in the Corporate World” as part of the "Unconscious Bias – Unveiling Racism” series - a free Zoom event on Thursday, June 10, 2021 from 7:00 p.m.to 8:30 p.m.. The panel will be moderated by Clarissa Beyah, Chief Communications Officer at Union Pacific Railroad, Professor of Professional Practice at the University of Southern California, and Founder and President of Writer's Block Ink.To join the panel discussion please register on this site. The zoom link will be included in your confirmation email. Free event and open to the public.
Clarissa Beyah is a communications executive, educator, and non-profit founder. Currently, she is the Chief Communications Officer for Union Pacific Railroad and a Professor of Professional Practice of Journalism at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School. She helps leaders, students and organizations to use strategic communications to transcend. Over the past 25 years, she has led communication organizations at some of the world’s largest companies with teams on nearly every continent. Passionate about propelling the next generation of leaders, she founded the Writer's Block Ink more than 17 years ago to ensure youth from all walks of life have a voice and a choice. As a Professor of Public Relations at USC, she equips students with the skills, expertise and confidence they need to pursue careers as storytellers in all arenas. Her expertise spans professional services, healthcare,finance, technology, transportation and utilities sectors. She has held executive roles at GE, Aon, Exelon, Pfizer, Bayer, and Northwestern Mutual. She is the President and Founder of the Writer’s Block Ink, Incorporated www.writersblockink.org – a nonprofit organization dedicated to cultivating and launching diverse young leaders using the arts. Since its inception nearly 17-years ago, the Writer’s Block has helped more than 1,000 at-risk youth use the arts to transform their lives. As a chief advisor for Fortune 50 companies, Ms. Beyah has led communication plans for international infrastructure deals, mega mergers and acquisitions,data security crisis, work force restructurings, labor union disputes and significant change management issues. Her expertise spans media relations, marketing, customer,client and employee communications. As a community activist and slam poet, she founded the Writer’s Block Ink to help at-risk youth use all aspects of performing arts to ignite social change on the page and stage. Writer’s Block productions address micro and macro social issues ranging from domestic abuse to genocide. Youth enter the program as individual artists and rise to become leaders within the organization and beyond. Past Writer’s Block participants hold community leadership roles across the nation. Ms. Beyah has received numerous professional and community service awards, am a member of the Arthur Page Society and Leadership Greater Washington. She has three children and enjoys travelling, writing and hiking.
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