October 19-20, 2023

National and local speakers will offer participants compelling perspectives on racial equity, racial justice, and tangible ways of taking action and getting involved. Participants can choose from learning paths designed for varying knowledge levels and experiences. This conference will provide leaders with up-to-date information on key issues related to racial equity and equip them with motivation, tools, and support to advance racial equity individually and collectively. This will be a collaborative space to address today’s critical issues with the goal of sprouting a collective vision for creating a region, nation, and world free of racism.

Keynote speaker, journalist, and Pulitzer Prize winner Nikole Hannah-Jones, (best known for founding The 1619 Project, a long-form journalism endeavor developed by Jones and writers from The New York Times, and The New York Times Magazine).

A message from New Detroit’s President & CEO, Michael Rafferty

“The national conference brings together leaders across business sectors because the work for racial equity and justice means combating systemic racism in every sector,” said New Detroit President and CEO Michael Rafferty. “As the nation’s first racial justice coalition, the Second Annual Just Lead: Advancing Racial Equity Conference hosted by New Detroit attracts leaders from across the country, anyone who works in DEI; anyone interested in bringing equity in their sector; and leaders who are responsible for dismantling systemic racism – because it still exists in every single facet and industry in our nation,” – Michael Rafferty