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Vernā Myers

2017 Speaker

VERNĀ MYERS rose out of Baltimore’s working class to become a Barnard-educated and Harvard-trained lawyer, entrepreneur, author, activist, and cultural innovator. She is the founder of The Vernā Myers Company, a boutique consulting firm committed to eradicating barriers of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation in the workplace. Myers has delivered inspirational keynotes at The World Bank, National Geographic, 21st Century Fox, NASA, Warner Bros., the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and tech companies such as Qualcomm and others. Notably, she was a recipient of The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business. Myers’ appearances and transformative message of power and possibility have touched millions of lives including her TED talk, How to Overcome Our Biases? Walk Boldly Toward Them, which has reached over 1.5 million views. Myers is also the author of two best-selling books, a contributor to Refinery 29 and Huffington Post, and a cited expert for The Atlantic, Forbes, the Harvard Business Review, and TED NPR Radio. In July 2017, she appeared on The Bachelorette in support of her nephew who was a participant. Because she openly spoke about race and breaking barriers on national television, Myers went from CEO to #AuntVerna and trended worldwide within minutes across all time zones. Currently, she serves on the board for The Center for Urban Families, Thread, and UC Hastings College of Law’s Work Life Law Program. @vernamyers