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Tracy Swinton Bailey
Forever Free, Sunday, October 17 | virtual

Tracy Swinton Bailey earned a PhD in education with a specialization in language and literacy at the University of South Carolina in 2013. She began her career as a high school English instructor and went on to found Freedom Readers, an after-school and summer literacy program that was designed and implemented to support families in low-income areas and assist children in achieving their academic goals in reading. She is married to award-winning writer Issac J. Bailey and is the mother of two children.

Priscilla H. Douglas
Woke Leadership, Sunday, October 17 | virtual

Priscilla H. Douglas is an executive coach, author, speaker and newly appointed chair of the Boston Public Library board of trustees.Douglas brings over thirty years of experience from leadership roles in business, government and academics to her firm PHDouglas & Associates. An executive coach to Fortune 500 companies, she has guided thousands of leaders individually and in workshops to address the changing business landscape with energy, insight, and understanding. Douglas holds bachelor of science and masters of education degrees from Northeastern University and a doctorate of education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where her thesis “Black Working Women” was accepted with distinction. Douglas’s latest book is Woke Leadership: Profits, Prophets & Purpose.

Steven S. Rogers
A Letter to My White Friends and Colleagues, Sunday, October 17 | virtual

Steven S. Rogers retired from Harvard Business School in 2019 where he was the MBA Class of 1957 Senior Lecturer in General Management. He taught Entrepreneurial Finance and his own course, “Black Business Leaders and Entrepreneurship.”

Steve Grossman
Sunday, October 17 | virtual

As CEO of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, Steve Grossman leads a dynamic and growing team of professionals dedicated to achieving economic prosperity in America's inner cities. Prior to joining ICIC, Grossman was elected Treasurer of Massachusetts in 2010 and served in that position from 2011 until 2015. Prior to taking office, Grossman served for thirty-five years as president of Grossman Marketing Group, a fourth-generation marketing communications firm started by his grandfather. Grossman has been an active leader in many civic, philanthropic and political organizations. These positions include former board chair of Brandeis University, former national chairman of the Democratic National Committee, former president of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), founding board member of MassInc, and life trustee of the Museum of Fine Arts. He currently chairs the advisory board of Cambridge College. Grossman graduated from Princeton University and Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar.


Three authors, themselves leaders, put out a call to their friends, neighbors, and countrymen and women: it’s time to wake up and DO something. Tracy Swinton Bailey, in Forever Free: A True Story of Hope in the Fight for Child Literacy, makes an impassioned plea for literacy as the scaffolding on which success is built and describes how she started Freedom Readers, a nonprofit whose one-to-one tutoring model has succeeded in the rural South and has the potential to succeed across the United States.  Drawing on thirty years of coaching Fortune 500 executives,  Priscilla H. Douglas gleans inspiring stories of those who lead with consciousness and compassion in Woke Leadership: Profits, Prophets and Purpose. Former Harvard Business School professor Steven S. Rogers, in A Letter to My White Friends and Colleagues, uses historical research, case studies, and personal anecdotes to illustrate the causes of racial wealth disparity in the United States and presents practical solutions. You won’t want to miss this inspiring and important discussion, moderated by Steve Grossman, CEO of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. Sponsored by Other Press.

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