January 28, 2021 10:00 am
Justice, Equity & Inclusion Series
Black Fatigue: Racism And Its Impacts On Mental Health
in partnership with the Massachusetts Conference for Women and State Street
About the Event
Racism erodes the mind, body and spirit having lasting impacts on the health, productivity and overall success for those on the receiving end and resulting in Black intergenerational fatigue. Led by Mary-Frances Winters, this session will focus on the impact of Black fatigue not only on Blacks but on society as a whole. We will explore the physiological and psychological impacts of racism, offer strategies to manage in this current racial climate, provide ways to ensure self-care is a priority for Blacks and people of color, and identify actions for allyship. Following her presentation, Mary-Frances will be joined by Kim Atkins for a thought-provoking conversation to discuss the perpetuation of racist systems, the racial disparities on Blacks and people of color, and the critical state of mental health as a result of social and racial injustice.
MARY-FRANCES WINTERS is the founder and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc., a global organization development and diversity and inclusion consulting firm with over 36 years of experience. Dubbed a thought leader in the field, for the past three decades she has impacted over hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals with her thought-provoking message, and her approach to diversity and inclusion. Winters is a master strategist with experience in strategic planning, change management, diversity, organization development, training and facilitation, systems thinking and qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has served on national not-for profit, corporate and university boards, and has received many awards and honors including the ATHENA award, Diversity Pioneer (Profiles in Diversity Journal), The Winds of Change (Forum on Workplace Inclusion) and Forbes Top 10 diversity trailblazers. She is the author of six books, including the recent release of Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit and Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity Empathy and Belonging Across Differences. @maryfwinters
KIMBERLY ATKINS is a senior opinion writer at The Boston Globe. She is also an MSNBC contributor. Previously, she was the first Washington, DC-based news correspondent for WBUR. She has also served as the Boston Herald’s Washington bureau chief, guest host of C-SPAN’s morning call-in show Washington Journal, and a Supreme Court reporter for Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly and its sister publications. She began her journalism career as an intern at The Boston Globe. She has appeared as a political commentator on a host of national and international television and radio networks, including CNN, Fox News, NBC News, PBS, NPR, Sky News (UK), and CBC News (Canada). Before launching her journalism career, she was a trial and appellate litigation attorney in Boston. Atkins is a native of Michigan, and a graduate of Wayne State University, Boston University School of Law and Boston University College of Communication, and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. @kimberlyeatkins
KEM DANNER is a senior vice president with State Street Corporation. She is the global head of enterprise talent acquisition, employee relations, talent development and learning functions. Additionally, she is the global head of human resources for State Street Global Advisors, the asset management division of State Street Corporation. Danner joined State Street in late 2015 after 18 years at Bank of America, where she served in various roles starting as a member of Bank of America’s Management Associate Rotational Program and served in various key business initiative change management roles in the retail, preferred and small businesses including the launch of the company’s online banking and bill pay initiatives. For most of her career, Danner has served as strategic advisor to senior business leaders in various senior HR business partner, talent development, talent acquisition and diversity and inclusion roles. She has also served in roles leading people related initiatives on several company mergers and acquisitions at both Bank of America and State Street including the Bank of America Merrill Lynch merger through the 2008 financial crisis and most recently, the acquisition of GE Asset Management by State Street Global Advisors in 2016. Danner is actively involved in various charitable organizations relating to childhood education and development, as well as extensive mentoring and sponsorship efforts. She is also a member of various employee resource groups and the Global Inclusion and Diversity council within the company as well as several external networks focusing on professional and personal development. Danner attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Appalachian State University for undergraduate and graduate studies.