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Inclusion and Innovation: A Virtual Roundtable Discussion

March 24, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



On March 24, at Noon Eastern, ITT and the National Women’s Hall of Fame are collaborating to hold a virtual panel discussion emphasizing the themes of Innovation and Inclusion.

The prestigious panel consists of 3 Inductees into the Hall, and the grand-daughter of deceased Inductee Henrietta Lacks.  Two of the Inductees, Jean Kilbourne and Carlotta LaNier were inducted in 2015; Sarah Deer was inducted in 2019, and Henrietta Lacks, represented by Jeri Lacks-Whye, was inducted in 2020. All Inductees have played a major role in both elements of this panel’s theme.

Jean Kilbourne transformed the image of women in advertising in the 1960s, connecting public health issues with a lack of media literacy, paving the way for the solution of issues such as violence against women, and addiction.

Carlotta LaNier was the youngest member of the Little Rock Nine, who integrated the Little Rock, Arkansas central school in 1957. This was a catalyzing event in the Civil Rights movement of that era, presaging Brown vs. the Board of Education.

Sarah Deer , a Native American lawyer, advocates on behalf of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence in Native American communities, and is credited for her role in the 2013 reauthorization of the “Violence against Women Act”.

Henrietta Lacks, suffering from terminal cancer in 1951, had her “HeLa” cancer cells removed and without her or her family’s knowledge sent to a tissue lab, where they doubled every 2 days unlike other cells which died.  They have been used for research since, enabling crucial studies and developments. Henrietta’s granddaughter Jeri Lacks-Whye keeps the legacy of her grandmother active while fighting for patient rights, health disparities, trustworthiness between communities and medical establishments, among other issues.

Beverly Ryder, our panel moderator, was President of the Hall’s Board of Directors from 2011 to 2012, then co-President in 2013.  She was a founding board member of the African American Board Leadership Institute, and is a retired executive with more than 35 years of corporate experience in the utility and banking industries.

The moderator will introduce the panelists, who will each say a few words concerning their background for this panel.  Then the rest of the hour will be devoted to questions from the participants and discussion by the panelists on the topics of Innovation and Inclusion.

The link to register for the event is:



We encourage you to submit questions to the individual panelists in advance. Our team will select questions to ensure equal time to each panelist, and no overlap.

Please send questions to jlpipher@pas.rochester.edu



March 24, 2021
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm