February 25, 2021
7:30AM-9AM

Join us in honoring the individuals and organizations who have invested their energy, talent, and resources to champion diversity and inclusion in Milwaukee and beyond.

This virtual event will feature a keynote address from Nontombi Naomi Tutu, followed by a live panel discussion with our award winners moderated by Dominique Samari of P3 Development, plus plenty of time for networking. Don't miss it!


Featuring Guest Speaker
Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu!

We’re so excited to announce our special guest at this inaugural event, Rev. Nontombi Naomi Tutu. Tutu is an educator, lecturer, and human rights activist who has spread her message on the topics of race and gender relations to audiences around the world. As the daughter of 1984 Nobel Peace Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, she has made it her life’s mission to promote human rights and help women and people of color rise above discrimination.


Ex Fabula connects community through the art of true, personal storytelling, with a particular emphasis on centering and elevating the experiences of women, people of color and those with disabilities. 

Tenia Fisher is an accomplished distance runner whose F.E.A.R. (Forget Everything and Run) program aims to give people of color a welcoming support group and safe group to participate in their favorite sport. 

Pardeep Kaleka has channeled personal trauma into bringing people together, including leading the Interfaith Conference of Greater Milwaukee and The Zeidler Group.

Nurturing Diversity Partners specializes in beginning difficult conversations with lectures, workshops and a dialogue series to cross racial, ethnic, religious, generational and other cultural divides.

Jose Trejo, principal of South Division High School, has dedicated his career to ensuring people immigrating to Milwaukee have equal rights to education. 

alida cardós whaley is a grassroots coalition builder, helping to organize Ayuda Mutua MKE as well as coordinating maker markets, doula training, cultural performances and more.