Sunday, Oct. 24 - Julie M. Wenah
Julie M. Wenah is a Nigerian-American lawyer, executive, filmmaker, and board member from Houston. She’s a global civil rights, privacy, and product inclusion lawyer who has successfully led teams and launched products, policies, and legislation focusing on equitable and scalable solutions for domestic and international markets.
Wenah recently joined the Facebook where she serves as associate general counsel for civil rights. Her area of responsibility includes examining how Facebook applies the civil rights lens when thinking about protective classes, from race, to gender identity, to color, to religion, to ability, and supporting efforts in building products with an inclusive lens in their product development process. In Wenah’s previous role at Airbnb, she led efforts to increase transparency into how the company handled discrimination allegations.
Prior to that, Wenah held several roles in the administration of former President Barak Obama, both in the White House and the Department of Commerce, leading various manufacturing, domestic and international economic development efforts, after serving as a legal fellow at NASA.
Keynote Theme: Community
Read this recent Forbes article to learn more about Julie: https://www.forbes.com/sites/pauleannareid/2021/07/12/facebooks-associate-general-counsel-for-civil-rights-julie-wenah-reveals-the-journey-of-healing-that-led-to-her-new-position/?sh=147f6e2961af
Vernon A. Wall has accumulated over 30 years of professional Student Affairs experience at Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, UNC-Charlotte and UNC-Chapel Hill. He has experience in Greek life, new student orientation, student activities, leadership development, global education and university housing. Vernon currently lives in Washington DC where he serves as the
Director of Business Development for LeaderShape, Inc. Vernon is also President and Founder of One Better World, LLC – a consulting firm specializing in engaging others in courageous social justice and equity conversations. In spring of 1998, Vernon sailed with Semester at Sea as a member of the Student Life Team accompanying 600 students on a voyage around the world. Vernon is also a past President of ACPA – College Student Educators, International.
With degrees from North Carolina State University and Indiana University, Vernon is the consummate scholar-practitioner. Vernon is a nationally known speaker in the areas of social justice and leadership styles and is one of the founders and facilitators of the Social Justice Training Institute. Vernon has written several articles and has co-edited two books on issues of inclusion on today’s college campus. His award-winning programs and presentations have been seen by thousands of students, faculty, and staff on campuses across the country. Vernon’s passion for social justice and inclusion is grounded in a quote from his late grandmother: “May the work I’ve done speak for me.”
Keynote Theme: Career
Monday’s keynote address will be provided by Vernon Wall, President of One Better World, LLC. Vernon’s address will examine how we develop sustainable change by strengthening our roles as social justice educators.
Click here to learn more about Vernon: https://www.vernonwall.org/about
Dr. Dakota Doman joined the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board in December 2018 as the State Director for College Completion. Currently, he serves as the Senior Director for Strategy and Policy. In this role, he assists in leading various agency initiatives pertaining to Academic and Health Affairs, College Readiness and Student Success, Digital Learning, and Workforce Education.
Prior to his arrival at the Coordinating Board, Dakota served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management at Philander Smith College in Little Rock, Arkansas. He was responsible for leading a team of dedicated practitioners who increased enrollment by 34% during his tenure, while simultaneously increasing retention by 11%. Philander Smith College was ranked the number one fastest-growing Historically Black College and University by the United Negro College Fund, and recognized as the fastest-growing institution in Arkansas by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education during his time as the Chief Enrollment Officer.
Earlier in his career, Dakota served as the Director of Student Activities and Civic Engagement at Lamar University and Director of Student Life and Services at the University of Houston-Victoria, respectively, prior to joining West Virginia State University as Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.
Dakota has a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and a Master of Business Administration from Lamar University and a doctorate in higher education administration from Texas Tech University.
He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc and has served as the Director of Education Activities in two chapters.
Keynote Theme: Campus
Tuesday’s keynote address will be provided by Dr. Dakota Doman, Senior Director for Strategy and Policy from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. His address will explore how the THECB is working with campuses to create meaningful systemic change and address how higher education professionals can get involved.
Click here to learn more THECB grant opportunities: https://www.highered.texas.gov/institutional-resources-programs/institutional-grant-opportunities/