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Urban League Announces More Speakers, Panelists for May Summit

Ritika Singh of Associated Bank will be a speaker at the Madison Region Economic Development and Diversity Summit May 17 at the Monona Terrace.

The Urban League of Greater Madison has announced more speakers for the 2019 Madison Region Economic Development and Diversity Summit, one of Wisconsin’s largest convening of business and community leaders committed to workforce diversity and economic inclusion.

The summit will be on May 17, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Monona Terrace Convention Center. Over 600 business executives, community leaders, economic development professionals, educators, elected officials and entrepreneurs are expected to attend.

Danyelle E. Granger

On April 12, Urban League announced that Danyelle E. Granger of Old National Bank, Sarah Treuhaft of PolicyLink, and Ritika Singh from Associated Bank will speak during the May 17 conference at the Monona Terrace.

Granger is the Senior VP and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion officer at Old National Bank. She leads the development and execution of diversity and inclusion strategies including talent development programs, training and education, communication plans, outreach and inclusion.

Treuhaft oversees equitable economy work at the nation’s leading economic and social equity is research and action institute. She oversees their work to advance policy solutions for racial and economic equity. She also leads the National Equity Atlas research partnership with USC. She has authored numerous reports and written for publications including The New York Times.

Singh has over a decade of diversity and inclusion experience with Fortune 50 and Top 10 Diversity Inc. companies. In addition to Associated Bank, she has worked with leading companies as Northwestern Mutual, ESP, Walt Disney Company, and others to facilitated D&I strategy and build enterprise-wide diversity and inclusion programs.

Former Google executive Paulita David and former NFL Player Wade Davis will be the keynote speakers during the conference.

David spent over a decade at Google, where she made the company truly multicultural. She redesigned the company’s online experience to make it more diverse. David now is the Director of Multicultural Strategy at McPherson Strategies.

Wade Davis is the NFL’s first LGBTQ inclusion consultant and works with professional sports leagues on issues at the intersection of sexism, racism and homophobia.

The Summit will also feature breakout sessions. Some of this year’s topics will be “Equitable Development in Opportunity Zones,” “Promoting Racial Equity through Community Development,” “Advancing Racial and Economic Equity Through Policy,” “Building a Diverse Workforce: Inclusion in K-20 Education in Wisconsin,” and “Unconscious Bias in the Workplace.”

The Summit is being sponsored by Alliant Energy, UW Health, UnityPoint Health and Quartz.