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Courageous Conversations: Black in the C-Suite

Helene GayleA sea of change around equity in the corporate landscape is on the horizon. The media is filled with announcements - and actions - from global and local companies about their strategic investments in diversity, inclusion and equality. Because of the critical roles that Black women in leadership play in today’s shifting environment, Spelman College is continuing  “Courageous Conversations: Black in the C-Suite.”

These events will feature in-depth conversations with Spelman President Helene Gayle, M.D., MPH, and distinguished guests to have candid discussions about their corporate and personal journeys, working through crisis and the opportunities for Black women leaders as equity becomes more valuable across professions.

The goal of Courageous Conversations is to inform and inspire.

Courageous Conversations: Black in the C-Suite with Errin Haines

Monday, April 22, 2024

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On Monday, April 22, President Helene Gayle was joined by Errin Haines, award-winning journalist, editor-at-large and a founding mother of The 19th News, and Dr. Cynthia Neal Spence, Spelman associate professor of sociology and director of the Spelman’s Social Justice Fellows Program, for a special edition of “Courageous Conversations: Black in the C-Suite". Titled “Power of the Black Woman Vote,” the session focused on the upcoming 2024 presidential election – described by some as the most important in our nation’s history.

View the riveting conversation where Black women's top issues in the election, how Black women have had a voice in this election, the importance of student participation, and more were discussed.  


Errin Haines speaks at Spelman for Courageous ConversationsErrin Haines is the editor-at-large and a founding mother of The 19th, a nonprofit, independent newsroom focused on the intersection of gender, politics and policy. She is also an MSNBC contributor.

Prior to joining The 19th, Haines was a national writer on race and ethnicity for The Associated Press. She has also worked at The Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times and Orlando Sentinel. Her expertise on issues of race, gender and politics makes her a sought-after voice and thought leader in her industry.

Haines has taught classes on race, gender and the 2020 election at the Georgetown University Institute of Politics and Princeton University. She is currently writing her first book, exploring the growth of Black women’s power and leadership. A native of Atlanta, she is based in Philadelphia.

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