10-DAY EQUITY CHALLENGE

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

Thank you to everyone that joined us for the 10-Day Equity Challenge February 1-12. In case you missed it below are recordings of the event kick-off and summit as well as some ways to get involved with DEI work around the community. Stay tuned for future DEI opportunities from United Way.

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.

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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. Amy Beasley | Panelist
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant

Dr. Amy Beasley is the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Consultant to the Midland Public School District (MPS). In this 12-month seconded assignment, Beasley is lending her leadership, expertise and insights to the MPS team, partnering with internal and external stakeholders to develop and accelerate the district’s strategy of building inclusive culture. She is responsible for developing inclusive leaders, implementing strategic actions, connecting and activating stakeholders, managing complex issues, and engaging the community in the district’s DEI efforts.

Previously, Dr. Beasley served as the Inclusion Leader for Dow’s North American Region. In this role, Dr. Beasley was responsible for implementation of global strategies across the United States and Canada to cultivate a more diverse workforce and inclusive culture. She provided expertise and leadership to accelerate key outcomes in the region as a member of the North America Leadership and Commercial Leadership teams.

Dr. Beasley joined Dow in 2015 as a scientist in the Environmental Health and Safety(EH&S) organization and consultant to various business divisions within Dow. In this role, she provided technical expertise in human and environmental risk assessment, exposure assessment, and biocidal product safety. She represented Dow externally with the Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry and the Health and Environmental Sciences Institute. working with international teams to advance the science in animal alternatives and big data innovation. Prior to joining Dow, Dr. Beasley held positions in sales leadership, training, and project management.

Dr. Beasley earned a Bachelor of Science in biology/genetics in 2011 and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biosciences with a concentration in eco/environmental toxicology in 2015,both from Middle Tennessee State University. She has authored a number of external publications and was selected for the prestigious Pellston Workshop in 2015. Dr. Beasley serves as President of

the Board of Directors for Shelterhouse. She founded and currently co-leads the Midland County Inclusion Alliance, a group of leadership councils that drive equitable, inclusive culture throughout the Great Lakes Bay Region.

De’Ondre Hogan | Panelist
DEI Director, Midland Public Schools

De’Ondre joined MPS on January 18th after relocating from West Michigan where he has worked as a Community School Coordinator for Kent School Services Network (KSSN). In addition, he served as an influential leader on their KSSN Anti-Racism Workgroup. Prior to his work with KSSN, De’Ondre was the Equity and Inclusion Coordinator at Grand Rapids Catholic Central High School. De’Ondre will provide leadership and guidance to MPS based on his experience working on DEI-related staff development, climate surveys, student interventions, and being an influential member of the KSSN Anti-Racism Workgroup.

Diane Brown Wilhelm | Panelist
Midland City Council , We Hear You Coalition

Diane a long-time resident of Midland has served on City Council and Planning Commission for 15 years combined. She currently serves as the City Council’s Legislative Director, and represents the City on the Michigan Municipal League’s Board of Trustees. Diane is currently leading the “We Hear You” initiative; a collaborative community effort to identify strengths as well as where inequity and disparity exists to bring forth positive and lasting change for this and future generations.

Diane holds leadership roles with various community nonprofit organizations, including Midland’s Shelterhouse and MidMichigan Community Family Ministries.

Diane values hard work. Diverse experiences within industry and leading strategic programs for Accenture a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations, have honed her collaborative skills, management expertise, and leadership acumen. Serving as an Employee Engagement Lead, People Lead, and Midwest Technology Development Captain allows Diane to employ the strengths she has developed in the professional world to give back and support her community.

Diane is married and enjoys capturing special moments with her husband through their love for photography!