James White

Senior Vice President of Operations Equity Innovation Center

Company: YMCA of the North
Role: Session Presenter

James White is the senior vice president of Operations for the Equity Innovation Center of Excellence located in Minneapolis, Minn.

James is a senior fellow for the Sagamore Institute, a think tank that is designed to turn innovative ideas into action that will shape policy and transform communities. He has also served as a consultant for several nonprofit and for-profit companies using a narrative approach to understand culture and race. For more than 20 years, he has continued to provide sessions and lectures for numerous organizations concerned with diversity and community in the marketplace.

He is an adjunct professor at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and teaches a class on social justice and race. He is a passionate published writer whose writings focus primarily on diversity, equity, and inclusion in the community setting. In 2017, he was appointed by the governor as chairman of the North Carolina Dr. Martin Luther King Commission.

James holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology with a minor in political science from East Carolina University, and he attended International Christian Graduate University, School of Theology and has a certificate of completion from The Communication Center: CRU.

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