Featured Speakers

Lauren UnderwoodCongresswoman Lauren Underwood
U.S. House of Representatives
D-Illinois 14th District

Congresswoman Lauren Underwood serves Illinois’ 14th Congressional District and was sworn into the 116th U.S. Congress on January 3, 2019. Congresswoman Underwood is the first woman, the first person of color, and the first millennial to represent her community in Congress. She is also the youngest African American woman to serve in the United States House of Representatives.

Congresswoman Underwood serves on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs, and the House Committee on Appropriations. Congresswoman Underwood co-founded and co-chairs the Black Maternal Health Caucus, which elevates the Black maternal health crisis within Congress and advances policy solutions to improve maternal health outcomes and end disparities. She also serves on the House Democratic Steering and Policy Committee.
 Rep. Underwood is a member of the Future Forum, a group of young Democratic Members of Congress committed to listening to and standing up for the next generation of Americans, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC), and the LGBT Equality Caucus. As a strong supporter of addressing the gun violence epidemic, Congresswoman Underwood is a member of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force.

Prior to her election to Congress, Congresswoman Underwood worked with a Medicaid plan in Chicago to ensure that it provided high-quality, cost-efficient care. She served as a Senior Advisor at the U.S. Department of Health and Human   Services (HHS), helping communities across the country prevent, prepare for, and respond to disasters, bioterror threats, and public health emergencies. As a career public servant at HHS, she helped implement the Affordable Care Act —   broadening access for those on Medicare, improving health care quality, and reforming private insurance. Congresswoman Underwood also taught future nurse practitioners through Georgetown University’s online master’s program.   Congresswoman Underwood is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from Neuqua Valley High School and is a lifelong Girl Scout. She resides in Naperville, Illinois.    


Glenn SingletonGlenn E. Singleton
President & Founder
Courageous ConversationTM

Glenn Singleton has devoted over thirty years to constructing racial equity worldwide and developing leaders to do the same. Author, thought leader, and strategist, he is the creator of Courageous Conversation™ a protocol and framework for sustained, deepened dialogue, and Beyond Diversity™, the curriculum that has taught hundreds of thousands of people how to use it. Glenn is the Founder and President of Courageous ConversationTM, an agency that guides leadership development in education, government, corporation, law enforcement, and community organizing. He is the award winning author of Courageous Conversations About Race; A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools, Third Edition; and of MORE Courageous Conversations About Race.

Glenn has consulted executives at Wieden + Kennedy (W+K) Advertising, Google, Amazon, Procter & Gamble, the New York Department of Education, the New Zealand Ministry of Education, Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library and the Bill and Melinda Gates foundations. Along with W+K, he received the 2017 Most Valuable Partnership (MVP) Award by AdColor. He is the recipient of the George A. Coleman Excellence in Equity Award by the Connecticut State Education Resource Center. Cited in the June 2018 edition of the Hollywood Reporter for his work with 21st Century Fox Animation, most recently, Glenn was awarded the AdWeek/AdColor 2020 Champion Award, the 2021 Ad Age Creativity Awards Diversity & Inclusion Champion of the Year, and the 2020 National Speech and Debate Association Communicator of the Year Award. In 1995, Glenn founded the Foundation for A College Education and continues to serve on its Board of Advisors. He is also the founder and Board Chair of the Courageous Conversation Global Foundation, which develops partnerships to promote racial justice, interracial understanding and human healing worldwide. In 2020, Glenn became Partner with WorkWider, a professional community dedicated to the advancement of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Glenn has trained law enforcement leaders with the U.S. Embassy in Western Australia, and established the Courageous Conversation South Pacific Institute in Auckland, New Zealand. For eight years, he served as an adjunct professor of educational leadership at San Jose State University. Glenn has been a guest lecturer at Harvard University and has instructed faculty, students and administrators at the University of Minnesota, New York University School of Medicine, and the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, Glenn Singleton is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and 100 Black Men. He currently resides in Washington, D.C.


Angela AmarAngela Amar, PhD, RN
Dean
University of Las Vegas, School of Nursing

Angela Amar joined the University of Las Vegas (UNLV) School of Nursing as its Dean during January 2018.  Prior to her new role, Dean Amar led the undergraduate programs including pre-nursing courses, nursing, and accelerated programs at Emory University. Through her vision and innovation, the Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing advanced the learning and leadership among undergraduate students, particularly within forensic nursing and cultural diversity. Her funded projects included an NIH-sponsored Bridges to Baccalaureate Program and an HRSA funded Nursing Workforce Diversity grant. Dean Amar dedicates her career to enhancing diversity within nursing leadership and improving care and support for survivors of violence and trauma when they enter the health care system.  Dean Amar is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Advanced Practice Adult Psychiatric and Mental Health, and as an Advanced Forensic Nurse.


Marcus HendersonMarcus D. Henderson, MSN, RN
Lecturer
University of Pennsylvania, School of Nursing

Marcus is a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where he teaches undergraduate psychiatric and community health nursing. He also maintains an active clinical practice as a psychiatric-mental health nurse for adolescent services at Fairmount Behavioral Health System in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Previously, he served as the co-founder and the executive director of Up and Running Healthcare Solutions, a Philadelphia-based organization that provided nurse-led case management by community health workers and other supportive services to homeless individuals in Philadelphia. His work on health for homeless individuals and community health workers was funded by the 2017 President’s Engagement Prize from the University of Pennsylvania and has been presented at local, state, and national conferences. For his work in the Philadelphia community, Marcus was recognized as a Community Champion for Positive Change by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation in 2018. Marcus is an elected board member of the American Nurses Association and served as a member of the Committee on the Future of Nursing 2020-2030 at the National Academy of Medicine. In 2021, Marcus was appointed to serve as a member of the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing and trustee of the ANA-Political Action Committee. He holds a BSN and MSN in Health Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, and he also holds a certificate in Health Care Innovation from the Perelman School of Medicine. Marcus is currently a PhD student at the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing.