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Then. Now. When.

An Educational Experience

For Leaders Closing the Racial Equity Gap

Transform your leadership practice to one that embraces racial equity as you seek to understand your role in creating a different future. The Then. Now. When. Educational Experience will give leaders a foundation in history, an understanding of local issues, encourage brave conversations, and result in meaningful action. 

Here’s how we’ll do it:

  • Then. We will use The New York Times’ 1619 Project and other resources to provide a look at our history through the critical lens of chattel slavery – the practice of enslaving people to be bought and sold. Lean into your discomfort to gain an understanding of how this practice created systems of oppression.
  • Now. Experts from Iowa and across the country will provide perspective on the beliefs and systems of oppression that continue to exist in Greater Des Moines today. Prepare for the picture of our community’s issues to become clearer.    
  • When. You will be challenged to identify how you can use your personal and professional influence to intentionally help our community close the racial equity gap. Make a commitment to turning when into our new now.  

The 1619 Project was created by Iowa-native and New York Times journalist, Nikole Hannah-Jones. The Then. Now. When. Educational Experience will culminate on April 8th when Hannah-Jones will speak in a virtual presentation to the community. 




Jan. 20, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Setting the Stage

Jan. 27, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Feb. 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.


Feb. 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Wealth Gap

Mar. 10, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Undemocratic Democracy

Mar. 24, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Mass Incarceration

Mar. 31, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Taking Action

Apr. 8, time TBD

Virtual presentation by Nikole Hannah-Jones, Iowa native and creator of the 1619 Project

Registration is Now Closed

To reduce barriers to participation, this program (valued at $500) is being made available at no cost.

Please consider donating to the Leadership Institute, an independent 501c3, to help reduce barriers and support leaders on their

equity and inclusion journeys.

Thank you to our Supporting Sponsor

And to our Session Sponsors

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