Speakers

We hope you'll join us at PoCC and SDLC to see this wonderful lineup of speakers! General Session speakers will appear in the main hall of the conference center for all attendees. Featured Workshops are smaller break-out sessions led by the featured workshop speakers. 

General Sessions

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Kimberlé Crenshaw

Thursday, November 30, 8:00-9:15 AM
General Session

PoCC Opening Speaker
American civil rights advocate Kimberlé Crenshaw is a leading scholar of critical race theory. She is a full professor at the UCLA School of Law and Columbia Law School, where she specializes in race and gender issues. Crenshaw is known for introducing intersectional theory, the study of how overlapping or intersecting social identities—and particularly minority identities—relate to systems and structures of oppression, domination, or discrimination.

Sponsored by gold-level sponsor Strategenius

Intersectional Paradigm: Race & Gender in Work, Life, and Politics
Eric Liu

Eric Liu

Thursday, November 30, 11:15 AM-12:15 PM
General Session
Featured Speaker
A dynamic author, educator and civic entrepreneur, Eric Liu inspires and energizes audiences everywhere. He is the founder of Citizen University, which promotes and teaches the art of creative citizenship. In settings ranging from the World Economic Forum to the Seeds of Compassion event with the Dalai Lama, from college campuses to corporate boardrooms to grassroots community organizations, Liu brings a message of possibility and connection that is unique and powerful.
Who is Us: The Future of American Identity
Natalie Nixon

Natalie Nixon

Thursday, November 30, 3:45-4:45
General Session
Featured Speaker
Natalie Nixon is a design strategist and a hybrid thinker with a background in anthropology and fashion. At Figure 8 Thinking, LLC she helps organizations accelerate innovation and growth by developing meaningful strategy through design thinking and ethnographic research. She’s the editor of Strategic Design Thinking: Innovation in Products, Services, Experiences and Beyond and a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dalia Mogahed

Dalia Mogahed

Thursday, November 30, 5:00-6:15 PM
General Session

Dalia Mogahed directs pioneering research and provides thought leadership on American Muslims. With John L. Esposito, she coauthored Who Speaks for Islam? What a Billion Muslims Really Think. Director of research at the Institute for Social Policy and Understanding, Mogahed is a frequent contributor of commentary to global media outlets and international forums. 

Sponsored by bronze-level sponsor Educator's Ally

Islamophobia: A Threat to All
Anita Sanchez

Anita Sanchez

Friday, December 1, 9:15-10:30 AM
General Session
Anita Sanchez—a transformational leadership consultant, speaker, and coach—is the author of the new book The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times. She bridges indigenous teachings with the latest science to inspire and equip women and men to enjoy meaningful, empowered lives and careers. Sanchez is also a member of the Transformational Leadership Council with luminaries such as Jack Canfield, Marianne Williamson, and John Gray.
The Four Sacred Gifts: Indigenous Wisdom for Modern Times
Maria Teresa Kumar

Maria Teresa Kumar

Friday, December 1, 5:30-6:45 PM
General Session
Recognized as one the most influential American Latinos under 40 and as a top Latina in government and politics, Maria Teresa Kumar is the founding president and CEO of Voto Latino. It’s a national civic-engagement organization that targets acculturated American Latino youth. Kumar is also an Emmy-nominated contributor to MSNBC and host of MSNBC.com’s new show Changing America.
Ta-Nehisi Coates

Ta-Nehisi Coates

Saturday, December 2, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM
General Session

PoCC Closing Speaker
Ta-Nehisi Coates is the author of the No. 1 New York Times bestseller Between the World and Me, winner of the National Book Award. A national correspondent for The Atlantic, Coates won the National Magazine Award, the Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism, and the George Polk Award for his Atlantic cover story “The Case for Reparations.” He is also a recipient of the MacArthur Fellowship known as the genius grant.

Moderated conversation focusing on Coates’s work and upcoming book, "We Were Eight Years in Power"
DeRay Mckesson

DeRay Mckesson

Friday, December 1, 8:30-9:30 AM
SDLC
General Session
DeRay Mckesson is an organizer, activist, and educator focused primarily on issues of innovation, equity, and justice. Born and raised in Baltimore, he has served as an educator, student leader, and founding director of an after-school/out-of-school program. Spurred by the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent protests in Ferguson, Missouri, Mckesson has become a leading voice in the effort to confront the systems and structures that lead to the mass incarceration and police killings of black and other minority populations.

DeRay Mckesson is the SDLC keynote speaker and is only part of SDLC programming.

Featured Workshops