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Closing Plenary: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Public Sector

Labor Law |  Labor Relations  |  Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
Kellye A. Keyes, Esq. |  Dr. Sekile Nzinga
47 Minutes
Audio and Video
Original Program Date:
Dec 02, 2022
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Sekile Nzinga, Ph.D. and Kellye A. Keyes, Esq. hold inaugural DEIA leadership positions and are part of the Governor’s senior team dedicated to enhance equity and inclusion in state workforce, hiring, and procurement. Dr. Nzinga will provide an insightful discussion about best practices to implement and sustain Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility training  and initiatives as well as navigating the current political landscape while advancing equity within state organizations. Kellye A. Keyes, Esq. will discuss the laws used by the Illinois Legislature and Governor to create the new Commission on Equity and Inclusion. She will also share the practices used to create pragmatic and sustainable change in the state’s procurement.


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Acting Chair / Executive Director

Illinois Commission on Equity and Inclusion

Accomplished, executive-level leader with a diverse professional background that includes public service, entrepreneurialism, and 10 years of private sector legal experience, including a Partner role. Process-driven problem solver, highly skilled at leveraging legal expertise and negotiation skills to effect transformational change that embraces transparency, community impact and accountability. Litigator at heart with record of success applying the rule of law to find pioneering solutions that exceed organizational objectives. Thought partner who works well with executive management to move agendas forward. Licensures and certifications: State Bar of Illinois; and Loyola University of Chicago, School of Executive Education Project Management Certificate. Treasurer, Nehemiah Trinity Rising Board. Advanced expertise with: Compliant Procurement, DEI Strategies, Restorative Justice.

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Chief Equity Officer

State of Illinois

Sekile M. Nzinga PhD, MSW was appointed by Governor Pritzker as the inaugural Chief Equity Officer for the State of Illinois. Prior to joining state government, she was a senior administrator in higher education as the former interim Chief Diversity Officer and Associate Provost of Diversity and Inclusion as well as Women’s Center Director at Northwestern University. Nzinga also worked as a professor of Social Work and Women and Gender Studies for 18 years. Her engaged scholarship and teaching have centered on the intersections of race, class, and gender in reproduction and parenting; critical feminist university studies; family centered employment policy and reproductive justice. She is the author of Lean Semesters: How the University Reproduces Inequity (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2020) and the editor of Laboring Positions: Black Women, Mothering and the Academy (Demeter, 2013). She is a former board chair and current volunteer of the Chicago Abortion Fund and serves on the boards of The Journal of Women Center’s in Higher Education and Radical Mamas. She was the 2020-21 Author in Residence at HigherEd Jobs and is the recipient of the 2019 Evanston-Northshore YWCA’s Women in Leadership Award.