Diversity Insights Breakfast

The Blue Print for Organizational Change: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Minnesota’s Capital City

Featuring: City of Saint Paul, MN Mayor Melvin Carter

with Toni Newborn (City of Saint Paul) & Andrea L. Turner, J.D. (City of Saint Paul)

When: Wednesday, October 31
Time: 8-10 am
University of St. Thomas | Opus Hall 201 | 1000 LaSalle Ave | Mpls, MN 55403
Cost: $29 General Public | FREE to University of St. Thomas staff and students (ID required)

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Session Details

The City of St. Paul is facing high rates of retirement and a disconnect in diverse representation between its citizens and public servants. The new mayor, Melvin Carter, wants to change this.

Joins us as the City’s leadership discusses the strategies it has employed to diversify its workforce, to retain people of color and women, and to authentically build relationships with community organizations through a lens of equity and inclusion.

Participants will learn about the city’s equity framework and its approach to:

  • Community driven hiring process for its leadership
  • Community engagement
  • Training and development
  • Recruitment strategies

Program Schedule

8 – 8:30 am – Breakfast
8:30 – 9 am – Welcome
9 – 9:55 am – Program/Workshop
9:55 – 10 am – Q&A and Close

About Mayor Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter is a fourth-generation Saint Paul resident, Saint Paul public school graduate, former Saint Paul City Councilmember, father, and Saint Paul’s Mayor.

Carter grew up in the Rondo neighborhood as the son of one of Saint Paul’s first black police officers, and a teacher (who now serves as a Ramsey County Commissioner). He attended Saint Paul public schools, ran track at his neighborhood rec center, and graduated from Central High School. He currently lives blocks away from where he grew up with his wife, Dr. Sakeena Futrell-Carter, and the youngest three of their five children.

Carter has been working to engage, enfranchise, and uplift people not only in Saint Paul, but also across the state and nation. Most recently, he served as Executive Director of the Minnesota Children’s Cabinet, advising Governor Mark Dayton on early childhood policy. Prior to joining state government, Carter represented Ward 1 on the Saint Paul City Council from 2008 to 2013.

About Toni Newborn

Toni Newborn serves as the Chief Equity Officer for the City of St. Paul.

In her role as the Chief Equity Officer, Newborn leads the Equity Steering Committee, Equity Design Team and Department Equity Change Teams to provide support and guidance in integrating equity into the City’s services, engagement, policies and practices. The Chief will work in partnership with Departments to develop educational opportunities for City staff and residents to advance city-wide equity initiatives.

Newborn began her career at the City of Saint Paul in 2015, where she served as the Diversity and Consulting Services Manager in the Human Resources Department. In this role, she was tasked with managing the recruitment and selection process, organizational development and administering and developing recruitment strategies to diversify the city’s workforce. Prior to joining the City of Saint Paul, Newborn served as the Assistant Director of Civil Rights for the Complaint Division of the Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights which enforces Minneapolis’ anti-discrimination laws and policies. Newborn also serves as an adjunct professor at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Mrs. Newborn’s educational background commenced in Birmingham, Alabama, her home town, where she graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2003 with a B.A in Political Science. In 2007, she obtained a Juris Doctorate degree from William Mitchell College of Law in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Shortly thereafter, Ms. Newborn became a licensed attorney for the State of Minnesota in 2008.

Mrs. Newborn currently serves on the following boards and commissions: Douglas Dayton YMCA and the Minneapolis Charter Commission.

About Andrea L. Turner

Andrea L. Turner is an experienced Executive Level Human Resources professional and leader. She is the Director of Human Resources at the City of St. Paul. She has conducted training sessions on many topics from discrimination, sexual harassment, diversity and inclusion as well as management and leadership development. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Swarthmore College and a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University School of Law. Ms. Turner is driven by a passion to have human resources serve in a partnership capacity to help drive organizational effectiveness through innovation, technology, talent management and development.

Diversity Insights Breakfasts workshops are a great way to engage scholars and thought leaders in conversations that generate questions and insights about the diversity, equity, and inclusion landscape.

The Forum on Workplace Inclusion® Diversity Insights Breakfast happen three times a year — October, February, June — located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota.