The “Next Level: Distinguished Speaker Series” provides attendees with an opportunity to hear from best-selling authors, prominent executives, and leaders in the community who will address topical, challenging, relevant, and varied diversity, equity, and inclusion topics.
Join Us for a Virtual Book Discussion and Q&A with Attorney and Author Brittany Barnett
Tuesday, July 13, 2021
Please join Sidley partner Donielle McCutcheon for a conversation with Brittany K. Barnett, award-winning attorney, entrepreneur, and author. While working several years as a corporate attorney, Brittany was committed to pro bono representation of clients buried alive in federal prison under draconian drug laws. Her dedication to this life changing work paid off tremendously, resulting in freedom for numerous people serving fundamental death sentences for federal drug offenses, including seven clients who received executive clemency from President Barack Obama. The first 100 people to register for this event will receive a copy of A Knock at Midnight.
A Knock at Midnight is Brittany’s riveting, inspirational memoir, at once a coming-of-age story and a powerful evocation of what it takes to bring hope and justice to a system built to resist both at every turn.
Brittany K. Barnett
Attorney and Author
The Power of People with Disabilities: Celebrating the 31st Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Presented by Kareem Dale
Monday, July 26, 2021
Join us for an enlightening and entertaining presentation from Kareem Dale, the former White House top advisor to President Barack Obama on disability policy. Kareem also worked very closely with then Vice President Biden during the Obama administration. His presentation will highlight the arc of the disability movement, provide perspective on the Americans with Disabilities Act in 2021, and discuss practical tips for employing and retaining people with disabilities. Given his nearly five years in the White House working closely with President Obama and Vice President Biden, his presentation is sure to include some fascinating stories, celebrity sightings, and interesting antidotes that you will not want to miss.
Former Advisor to President Obama
Introduction by Beth Hardcastle
Reckoning with 2020 and the Road to Recovery: A Fireside Chat with Audra Wilson, President & CEO of the Shriver Center
Wednesday, June 2, 2021
Please join us for a conversation with Audra Wilson, President and CEO of the Shriver Center on Poverty Law. A renowned champion and advocate for economic and racial justice, Ms. Wilson will reflect on the challenges presented in her first year leading the Shriver Center in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis and the movement for racial and social justice that gripped the nation. She will also address health and well-being and the importance of self-care, especially as we continue to navigate blurred lines between work and life in the virtual environment.
President and CEO, Shriver Center on Poverty Law
Annie C. Wallis