10-DAY EQUITY CHALLENGE

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Black History Month, United Way of Midland County is hosting a 10-Day Virtual Equity Challenge February 1 – 12.

“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.” -Martin Luther King Jr.

Lifting our voice to take action begins with awareness. Together, we can take steps to continue building a community that is committed to improving equity and inclusion.

We invite you to participate alongside your neighbors. This challenge is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and community. Here’s how it will work:

  • February 1| 12-12:30pm: Attend a 30-minute Virtual Challenge Kick-Off that launches our journey together.
  • February 1-11: Receive an email each weekday that challenges you to learn about a new topic, such as personal racial identity, understanding privilege, bias, segregation, and more.
  • February 12 |11am-1pm: Participate in the Virtual Equity Summit for intentional storytelling that inspires action. Community experts and leaders will join facilitators Kathy Snyder and Kimberly Houston to explore and discuss what you’ve discovered through the challenge.
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MEET THE PANELISTS

Kathy Snyder | Facilitator
Midland Area Wellbeing Coalition Coordinator

Dedicated to improving wellbeing, Kathy Snyder serves as the Midland Area Wellbeing Coalition Coordinator in cooperation with the Midland Community Success Panel. In addition to over 25 years of experience in education, she holds master’s degrees in both counseling and applied positive psychology. She is also certified in Creating Positive Change, Bounce Back Better Resilience, Flourishing Skills Group, Inclusion and Diversity, and Coaching and is trained in Design Thinking and Appreciative Inquiry.

Kimberly R. Houston | Facilitator
CEO & Principal KHP Consultants, LLC

Kimberly Houston has over 40 years leadership experience in business, philanthropy, and fund development. She has successfully led strategic initiatives as President, Dow Corning Foundation, CMU’s Director of Corporate & Foundation Relations and Interim Executive Director, YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region. Kim has generously shared her vision & passion for community leadership, governance and philanthropy as a board member and trusted advisor to Delta College, the Council of Michigan Foundations, the Michigan Non-Profit Association and the Saginaw Promise Scholarship Fund.

She initiated her consultancy with a mission to bring positive energy toward making communities stronger and is a passionate advocate for exemplary execution and performance. Kimberly is a change agent who encourages the creation of cultures which inspire and motivate the strengths and talents of all stakeholders and has received numerous awards for her exemplary leadership, professional excellence and committed service to the community. Kimberly is a lifelong learner who is grateful for all her experiences and is motivated by the spirit of Luke 12:48: “To whom much is given, much is expected.” She aspires daily to be a blessing and live with purpose and joy.

Jimmy E. Greene | Panelist
CEO & President of Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan

Jimmy E. Greene is the CEO & President of Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan (ABC): the first Black CEO in ABC’s 60-year history.

Passionate about the community and its citizens, Mr. Greene has served on the Board of Directors for over 15 nonprofit organizations and community-focused initiatives and programs. He has received numerous awards for his community involvement and leadership, including the prestigious honor of being elected by his peers of Associated Builders & Contractors chapters in the United States to lead the Chapter Presidents. Mr. Greene has founded numerous companies, initiatives and training programs throughout his career, including the Saginaw County African American Leadership Training Institute for young men. He is a graduate of The Michigan Political Leadership Program, Leadership Saginaw County, Great Lakes Bay Regional Leadership, One Thousand Leaders and The School of Banking & Finance of Wisconsin.

Born and raised in Flint, Michigan, Mr. Greene attended Washtenaw Community College and Delta College and is a graduate of the College of Banking & Finance. He is the father of six beautiful children & two beautiful granddaughters.

Gina Wilson | Panelist
Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Central Michigan University

Dr. Gina Wilson spent 20 years as a public school educator working to mitigate the effects of environmental and educational barriers for students. She is currently an assistant professor of educational leadership at Central Michigan University, where serves as faculty and program director, helping to prepare current and future school administrators. Her research focuses on understanding how teachers and school and district leaders’ mindset, relationship and collaborative practices, and self-efficacy impact social justice and equity work in schools.

Dr. Wilson is the co-chair for Central Michigan University’s College of Education and Human Services Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee; the chair for the Midland Area Community Foundation’s Cultural Awareness Coalition; a board trustee for West Midland Family Center, as well as a member of the Diversity Equity, & Inclusion Advisory Council for Midland Public Schools; Midland’s Well Being Taskforce, the Education Advisory Board for Our Community Listens – National Organization; and the Michigan Department of Civil Rights Council for Government and Education on Equity and Inclusion.

She earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership from Central Michigan University and a Bachelor of Arts in Secondary Education and a Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership from Saginaw Valley State University. She and her husband live in Midland with their two children.