Leadership Thurston County honors Juneteenth in partnership with



Join us on Wednesday, May 25th for an interactive virtual workshop from 11am-12:30pm.

Please register to attend here.

What is Juneteenth?

Juneteenth is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the emancipation of enslaved African Americans. It is also often observed for celebrating African American culture. Originating in Galveston, Texas, it has been celebrated annually on June 19 in various parts of the United States since 1865.

What will I learn during the interactive workshop?

You will learn the roots of Juneteenth, its connection to the end of enslavement of African- Americans in the U.S., why and how we honor the day, and how this historic moment changed American history.

Connect the dots to how a lack of information leads to a lack of understanding that negatively affects people of African descent.

  • Action steps toward creating a more inclusive lens within your personal and professional worlds.

Who will present this critical information?

Equity Through Action will guide you on a journey through history about this moment and its connections to the present day.

Meet the Presenters

Betsy Griffith (She/Her) is a historian who teaches the past to improve the future. She has an M.B.A. from the University of Virginia and a doctorate in liberal studies from Georgetown University. She was a nonprofit executive at Monticello, the Phillips Collection, and National Public Radio; dean of the M.B.A. Evening Program at Georgetown University; and a partner at Venture Philanthropy Partners. She has previously taught history for adult learners at Georgetown's Liberal Studies program, the Smithsonian, and on shipboard with Vikings.

C. Marie Taylor (She/Her) is the President of Equity Through Action and leadership, diversity, and race equity consultant with more than 25 years of expertise in guiding organizations to establish safe, equitable, inclusive, and people-centered work environments. In Ms. Taylor's immediate past role as the President & Chief Executive Officer of Leadership Montgomery, she served as the organization's prominent thought leader - creating racial equity training and technical assistance programming. As a skilled facilitator, dynamic executive coach, and an adept racial equity consultant, Ms. Taylor is also credited with igniting Adventist HealthCare to integrate a race equity focus into their work, which led to their reconfiguration of business processes using a racial equity lens, including changing practices, policies, and procedures. Ms. Taylor holds a B.A. in human relations and an M.B.A. in nonprofit management from Trinity Washington University.

Special thank you to WSECU for partnering with Leadership Thurston County to bring this workshop to our community.