In the wake of two wrongful, racially motivated arrests in their store, Starbucks entrusted HEATHER C. MCGHEE and her team at Demos to create and implement a groundbreaking racial bias training strategy. Now Lavin’s latest speaker, McGhee is a policy expert and natural storyteller who draws from her research and experience to help kickstart transformative organizational change. Everyone can do it, it just takes work.
Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy, racial healing, and transformative organizational change. More than that, McGhee is a storyteller. Her talks ask audiences to consider—at a time of increasing diversity—who is an American, and what are we to one another? For McGhee, America’s racial and cultural diversity is its greatest asset, and she helps audiences—in corporate board rooms, the halls of Congress, and in the streets—learn how to realize this potential through compassionate education and concrete actions.
As the former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, she drafted legislation, testified before Congress, and became a regular contributor on shows like Meet the Press and Real Time with Bill Maher. She also led Demos’ own racial equity organizational transformation, resulting in a doubling of the organization’s racial diversity and growth across all measures of organizational impact. McGhee’s riveting talks communicate this with passion and seriousness, “challenging the paradigm of racial competition in this country.”