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Kamilah A’Vant leads Color, D&I event based and online publication based in Boston, Massachusetts. Color provides premiere events focused on empowering professionals of color and diverse communities. Color’s unique events address diversity and inclusion (D&I) issues, shares tools for personal and professional enrichment, fosters long-lasting network connections and recognizes the achievements of D&I leaders. In addition to its events, the online publication is committed to celebrating corporate America’s diverse workforce and working to empower communities.
She also serves as the New England chapter President for the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC). NAMIC is a non-profit, professional, media trade association with a mission to educate, advocate and empower for diversity and inclusion in areas of communications, media and entertainment. NAMIC offers diverse networking opportunities, mentorship and leadership development programs for its members and partners with other non-profit, academic, community, private and industry organizations in New England to promote its diversity and inclusion goals.
Stephanie Patton is currently serving as the head of school of an all-girl middle school. Stephanie has been in education over 25 years, the last 16 of those years serving in an administrative role. Her approach to education is reshaping how Black girls learn, lead, and leverage their voice. She was featured in the film PUSHOUT – The Criminalization of Black Girls in Schools for her widely respected transformative leadership. Along with transforming the way girls are educated in school, Stephanie has also worked for the Ohio Department of Education as a turnaround specialist where she transformed low performing schools to high performing. She received her Bachelor’s from The Ohio State University, a Master’s Degree from Xavier University, and is currently pursuing her doctorate from Concordia University in Educational Leadership. She also has her superintendent’s licensure from The Ohio State University.
Dr. Barbara Mullen is currently serving as the Chief Equity and Diversity Officer for Providence Public Schools. As the Chief Equity and Diversity Officer, Dr. Mullen’s main role is to ensure that equitable practices are at the core of each system throughout PPSD in order to address and redress long standing inequities and opportunities in student outcomes. Previously, she was the Director of the Learning Leader Network for the Center for Leadership and Educational Equity. Dr. Mullen supported Rhode Island School Districts with continuous improvement toward equitable outcomes. She is the author of Secure Your Oxygen Mask First: Strategies to Prevent Burnout in Special Education Practitioners and numerous publications both digital and print. She currently lives in North Providence, RI with her family.