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Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit

This presentation focuses on the impact of Black fatigue not only on Blacks but on society as a whole. The racist system is not just literally killing Black people, it is tearing the whole nation apart. In every aspect of life from socio-economics, to education, the workforce, criminal justice and very importantly health outcomes, the trajectory for Blacks is getting worse rather than improving.

This session will:

  • Shed light on a little talked about phenomena
  • Encourage more dialogue and solutions to persistent inequities for Blacks
  • Alleviate the fear associated with cross-racial dialogue
  • Provide support to Blacks in identifying the symptoms of Black fatigue and ways to minimize it
  • Improve cross-cultural understanding


Mary-Frances Winters

President & CEO @TheWintersGroup

Mary-Frances Winters, founder and CEO of The Winters Group, Inc., a 36-year-old global organization  development and diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting firm, truly believes that diversity and inclusion work  is her "passion and calling." Dubbed a thought leader in the field, for the past three decades she has impacted over hundreds of organizations and thousands of individuals with her thought-provoking message and her approach to diversity and inclusion. Ms. Winters is a master strategist with experience in strategic planning,  change management, diversity, organization development, training and facilitation, systems thinking, and qualitative and quantitative research methods. She has extensive experience in working with senior leadership teams to drive organizational change. 

Among her many awards and distinctions, she was named a diversity pioneer by Profiles in Diversity Journal in  August 2007 and most recently received the Winds of Change award from the Forum on Workplace Inclusion in  2016. Ms. Winters was also featured in Forbes’ June 2016 publication, which honored some of the DC Metro  area’s most powerful women. In November 2019, she was named by Forbes as one of 10 trailblazers in diversity and inclusion.  

She has served as a torchbearer for the Olympics and has previously been recognized as an Athena Award winner from the Chamber of Commerce for her contributions to women and the community. 

Ms. Winters is the author of six books: Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit (September  2020), Inclusive Conversations: Fostering Equity, Empathy, and Belonging Across Differences (August 2020), We  Can’t Talk about That at Work!: How to Talk about Race, Religion, Politics, and Other Polarizing Topics (2017),  Only Wet Babies Like Change: Workplace Wisdom for Baby Boomers, Inclusion Starts With “I” and CEO’s Who Get  It: Diversity Leadership from the Heart and Soul. Ms. Winters also authored a chapter in the book Diversity at  Work: The Practice of Inclusion (2013) and numerous articles. 

She is a graduate of the University of Rochester with undergraduate degrees in English and Psychology, and a  master’s degree in business administration from the William E. Simon Executive Development Program. She received an honorary doctorate from Roberts Wesleyan College.


Wednesday Nov 4 / 11:40AM PST (40 minutes )

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