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Appreciating the Contributions of African American Artists

As a founding member of the Black Alumni Council (BAC) at Pepperdine University, I was recently invited by BAC co-founder Ronald Berryman to a private luncheon in honor of Bernard and Shirley Kinsey.

Ronald, who was also the first Black graduate of Pepperdine’s MBA program, was co-hosting the event with University President Jim Gash to celebrate the installation of the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection at the university’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

Phoebe Beasely posing with her artwork at the Pepperdine installation of the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection
Phoebe Beasely posing with her artwork at the Pepperdine installation of the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection
Members of the Black Alumni Council (BAC) at the exhibit opening.
Members of the Black Alumni Council (BAC) at the exhibit opening.

I had the honor of meeting Phoebe Beasely, one of the contributing artists who graciously posed for a photo in front of her artwork.

The Kinsey African American Art & History Collection celebrates African American achievement and contribution from 1595 to the present day. Currently the largest private collection of African American art and historical artifacts, this exhibit has traveled to over 30 venues around the world. Highlights from the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection will be on display through March 2022 at Pepperdine University’s Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.

An opening celebration for the collection will be held on February 19. Check out this month’s Simply Good article to see where else the Kinsey Collection is being showcased this month (hint: think the biggest football game of the year!).

Plus, feeling like you need to hammer out the details of your DEI strategy before getting the ball rolling? STOP! This month’s Simply Diversity article shares why a tightly-knit plan may actually be detrimental to the efficacy of your efforts.

Finally, join us for a discussion about celebrating and elevating Black entrepreneurs and their businesses in an exclusive and biased marketplace. You can find the details for this event in our What’s Happening section.

With appreciation,

Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO

SIMPLY DIVERSITY

When It Comes to DEI, Are Most Leaders Planning to Fail?
You can’t see the view from the tower when you’re standing on the ground. When it comes to DEI, some leaders try to plan for all the things they can’t see yet! Learn why it is important to start DEI work without a full plan (even if it make you anxious).

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SIMPLY GOOD

So-Fi Stadium Will Host Kinsey African American Art & History Collection in February
The largest private anthology of African American Art is coming home to Inglewood. Opening to the public on February 23—the Kinsey African American Art & History Collection Experience will span 100,000 square feet of SoFi Stadium for its exhibition of masterful works of art, sculptures, photographs, rare books, and letters.

WHAT’S HAPPENING

Black Entrepreneurship Summit Allyship In Action – Unconscious Bias
We know that Black entrepreneurs face disproportionate challenges in starting their own businesses. Join host Trish Lindo and me in celebrating those charting their own path and unraveling unconscious biases that prevent the inclusion and equity of Black businesses. I will share my story and delve into how I built my business, ways to help you do the same, and means for allies to recognize unconscious biases to build an inclusive future. Join the discussion on February 22, from 12:00 to 2:00 p.m. (PST).
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