Expanding the Conversation Diversity & Inclusion Conference at Webster University

A powerful and insightful conference featuring a keynote address, panel discussions, interactive workshops, and theatrical performance.

February 26-28, 2019

Webster University Main Campus


Featuring Nationally Recognized Leaders in Diversity & Inclusion

Marilyn F. Booker

Managing Director & Head of Urban Markets Group, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management

A Morgan Stanley veteran of over 24 years, Marilyn Booker serves as Head of Morgan Stanley’s Urban Markets Group. In addition to running a traditional wealth management business, Marilyn also focuses on the urban community and teaches financial education programs all across the country.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Six-time Olympian; Founder & CEO, Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, winner of six Olympic medals, is considered by ESPN to be one of the 50 Great Athletes of All Time. She is the first woman to win back-to-back gold medals in the heptathlon and the first African American woman to win an Olympic Medal in the long jump.

Neal Richardson

BS '09, MBA '12

Head of Financial Education Strategy, U.S. Bank; Co-Founder & President, Dream Builders 4 Equity

In his role as Head of Financial Education Strategy, Neal develops and oversees the strategy to improve recognition and use of U.S. Bank Financial Education programs across the country, to support the needs of a diverse set of stakeholders. His passion for improving the opportunities available to underprivileged youth, and building stronger communities, coupled with his expertise in real estate finance, has motivated Neal to co-found Dream Builders 4 Equity.


Race by Jamie Pachino, Performed by Civic Arts Company

First published in 1992, Studs Terkel’s Race: How Blacks and Whites Think and Feel About the American Obsession was an immediate bestseller. Civic Arts Company will present this one-act theatrical adaptation by Jamie Pachino, which brings out the full complexity of the thoughts and emotions of both blacks and whites, uncovering a fascinating narrative of changing opinions.

2019 Conference Agenda

All sessions are free of charge

Tuesday, February 26

Luhr Building, 475 E. Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119

  • 9:00-9:30 am: Registration
  • 9:30-9:45 am: Opening Remarks
  • 9:45-10:45 am: A Conversation with Jackie Joyner-Kersee: Champion for All Winner
  • 10:45-11:00 am: Break
  • 11:00 am-Noon: What’s Up with Pronouns These Days? Insights into the Experiences of Trans Students at Webster
  • Noon-1:00 pm: Black Panther: Embracing Race & Gender in Filmmaking
  • 1:00-2:00 pm: Decolonizing the University: Towards a Culturally Responsive Curriculum
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Disabilities & Success: What the Students Say
  • 3:00-4:00 pm: Title IX Roundtable: The Evolution of Title IX and Where Do We Go from Here
  • 4:00-4:15 pm: Closing Thoughts

Wednesday, February 27

Luhr Building, 475 E. Lockwood Ave, St. Louis, MO 63119

  • 8:30-9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00-9:15 am: Opening Remarks
  • 9:15-10:15 am: A Conversation with Neal Richardson (BS ‘09, MBA ‘12) & Presentation of Young Game Changer Award
  • 10:15-10:30 am: Break
  • 10:30-11:30 am: Reflections of Women and People of Color from the Field of Media Studies and the Advertising Profession
  • 11:30-11:45 am: Break
  • 11:45 am-12:45 pm: Financial Literacy as the Great Equalizer
  • 12:45-1:45 pm: Finding Understanding in Discomfort
  • 1:45-2:00 pm: Break
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Diversity & Inclusion Dance Performance
  • 3:00-3:15 pm: Closing Thoughts

Thursday, February 28

Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts, 130 Edgar Rd, Webster Groves, MO 63119

  • 8:30-9:00 am: Registration
  • 9:00-9:15 am: Opening Remarks
  • 9:15-10:30 am: Keynote Address: Marilyn Booker, Managing Director & Head of Urban Markets Group, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management
  • 10:45-11:45 am: Navigating Corporate America as Diverse Professionals

Concurrent Events:

  • 11:30 am-12:50 pm: Revolutionary Bodies: Eighty Years of Chinese Concert Dance - Location: Browning Hall Auditorium
  • Noon-1:30 pm: Student Bazaar - Location: East Academic Building, Edward Jones Commons
  • 1:30-3:00 pm: Race, A play presented by Civic Arts Company - Location: Browning Hall, Auditorium
  • 3:00-3:15 pm: Closing Thoughts - Location: Browning Hall, Auditorium

From Webster’s inception, we have been an institution that opened worlds that were previously closed to students. Our student body has become increasingly diverse in every way. We are a microcosm of the world across the Webster campus network and within each campus.


Event Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

The Jane M. and
Bruce P. Robert
Charitable Foundation