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Kristin Thorne

Kristin Thorne

Reporter, WABC Channel 7 Eyewitness News

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Christie Lindor

Christie Lindor

Founder and CEO, Tessi Consulting

Christie Lindor is a Principal Consultant & CEO of Tessi Consulting, a boutique virtual consulting firm focused on diversity, equity, inclusion, talent strategy, and digital workforce transformation.  Prior to Tessi, Christie was a seasoned management consultant advising Fortune 500 clients at some of the world’s top consulting firms such as IBM, Deloitte, & EY. In the span of her 20 years in corporate consulting, Christie has partnered with 100s of organizations within 23 industries/sectors in 10 countries across 4 continents at the intersection of IT, strategy, M&A, business operations, and human capital.  A TEDx and keynote speaker, podcaster, & avid writer on workforce related topics, her work has been featured in publications such as Forbes, Fast Company, and Time Magazine. Christie currently sits on the Board of The Women’s Lunch Place, women’s homeless shelter in Boston. Christie has a Master’s in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College and a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Computer Science from Bentley University.  She is a bestselling, award-winning author of The MECE Muse: 100+ selected practices, unwritten rules, and habits of great consultants, and currently writing her third non-fiction book.

 Adrian Shackelford

Adrian Shackelford

Director & Senior Vice President, Sterling National Bank

Adrian Shackelford is a Global Talent and HR Leader with experience in diversity, leadership development, organizational development/effectiveness, workforce analytics, and creating strategy to tackle large workplace initiatives. Driven and passionate about helping organizations achieve their goals and lessen challenges with Talent, Adrian is a dedicated equity professional who provides mentoring and business consulting to those she serves. Known as an innovative thinker with deep knowledge of change management, business process improvement and talent acquisition and management, Adrian’s expertise and competency in the D&I space make her a leader in corporate environments seeking to create an “employer of choice” environment.

Marcia Smith

Marcia Smith

President, Firelight Media & Films

Marcia Smith is President and co-Founder of Firelight Media, which produces documentary films, provides artistic and financial support to emerging filmmakers of color, and builds impact campaigns to connect documentaries to audiences and social justice advocates. Under her leadership, Firelight Media was honored with a MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. The flagship Documentary Lab program has supported more than 80 emerging filmmakers over the past decade, who have premiered at festivals such as Sundance, and gone on to earn numerous festival, Peabody, and Emmy awards. 

She has written several films alongside documentarian Stanley Nelson including: ​Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities​; ​Through the Fire: The Legacy of Barack Obama;​ ​Freedom Riders​; Jonestown: The Life and Death of the Peoples Temple​; Marcus Garvey: Look for Me in the Whirlwind;​ and ​The Murder of Emmett Till​. Marcia received a Primetime Emmy nomination and won the Writers’ Guild Award for best nonfiction writing for her work on ​The Murder of Emmett Till​, and was honored with a 2016 Muse Award from New York Women in Film & Television, as well as the 2019 Luminary Award from BlackStar Film Festival. Marcia will also serve as the writer for Firelight’s upcoming 4-hour documentary series, ​Creating The New World​, on the transatlantic slave trade. 

Marcia is a member of AMPAS, currently sits on the Peabody Board of Directors - East Coast, and is a member of the Board for Martha's Vineyard Film Society.

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