Social Justice: How to Facilitate Positive Change with the Wharton Club of NY

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
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Join Anne Williams-Isom for this timely event focusing on social justice and what we can do to facilitate a positive change

Since the incident in Central Park with Amy Cooper and the death of George Floyd (and countless others) have been brought to center stage by the media, it has become impossible not to acknowledge that systemic racism still exists today. Many people are motivated to facilitate positive change but are not sure exactly how and what to do.
Based on Anne’s lifelong work, she will help us see what it means for the black community and black children in America today. The goal of the Harlem Children’s Zone, where Anne was most recently CEO for six years, is to help black children complete college and obtain jobs with a livable wage. 

Anne shares the statistics, insights, and tangible ideas of what it means to participate in dismantling racism. Learn how we can all play an important role in facilitating sustained change in our workplace and our communities.

About Anne Williams-Isom
Anne Williams-Isom serves as Chief Executive Officer for the Harlem Children’s Zone (HCZ), a nonprofit anti-poverty organization, through June 2020. Leading a staff of over 2,000, Ms. Williams-Isom has strengthened the organization’s use of data to improve services and outcomes for 25,000 children and families. Before becoming CEO in July 2014, she served as HCZ’s Chief Operating Officer for five years.
Prior to joining HCZ, Ms. Williams-Isom worked in leadership at New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) for 13 years, where 3,800 frontline staff members were responsible for investigating 55,000 reports of child abuse and neglect each year. She concluded her tenure at the ACS as Deputy Commissioner of the Division of Community and Government Affairs.
Ms. Williams-Isom earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and psychology from Fordham University and a JD from Columbia Law School. In May 2018, she received an honorary doctorate from the Fordham University of Graduate School of Social Service. Starting July 2020, she will be returning to Fordham to serve on their faculty as a Visiting Professor and James Dumpson Chair in Child Welfare Studies where she will devote more time to writing and speaking about these topics.

She served on the Advisory Council of the My Brother’s Keeper Alliance, was appointed to the New York City Children’s Cabinet Advisory Board and was selected to be a member of the spring 2016 cohort of the Aspen Institute Education Fellowship Program. She is on the board of directors of Child Trends, a nonprofit research organization; the Collegiate School, serves on the Board of Trustees of Central Park Conservancy and the Advisory Board for Columbia University Entrepreneurship, Innovation and Design.
She is the recipient of a Public Interest Achievement Award from Columbia Law School in 2015. In October 2019, she was chosen as one of the “Nonprofit Power 100” by City & State magazine and was chosen as one of “The 2020 Education Power 100” in February 2020.

Ms. Williams-Isom has a great connection to Penn and Wharton. Her husband Phil Isom, attorney at Willkie Farr and Gallagher LLP, graduated from Wharton undergrad in 1986. She is a Penn Parent to all 3 of her children. Her oldest daughter Aiyanna graduated from the College in 2015. Her son Phillip graduated from Wharton undergrad in 2018 and her youngest daughter Ande will be a freshman at the College in the fall.



Event Host: Wharton Club of New York
 Wednesday, July 22
Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM CT
Location: Virtual (link will be emailed to all registered guests 24-48 hours prior to the event)
Cost: Free – RSVP required and capacity is limited

Pre-registration is required.  Registration is subject to availability and will close on Wednesday, July 22nd at 8:00am CT. 

Send Your Questions In Advance:
If you have some questions that you’d like Anne to answer, please email the questions to [email protected].

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