Facing Race: A National Conference in St. Louis, MO — November 20-22, 2024

Kerry Mitchell Brown

Senior Vice President of Finance and Operations | Race Forward

Dr. Brown has extensive experience in issues of racial equity, organizational development, and capacity building and has supported numerous organizations that center and prioritize confronting racism, specifically anti-Black racism, in analysis and action. As a scholar-practitioner, she puts management theory, organizational theory, and social movement theory into practice to construct a multidimensional framework for racial equity and organizational transformation.

“I approach my work by drawing on the complicated connections and complex architecture between local and national politics, racial inequalities, and the myriad of ways in which these realities manifest in organizations while accurately assessing organizational needs, key issues, and factors that influence organizations’ responsiveness to social issues affecting organizational and leadership performance. I look forward to the opportunity this role provides to bring this approach organization-wide to Race Forward,” states Dr. Brown.

Dr. Brown holds a Ph.D. in Organizations and Management, an M.B.A., a BSBA in Finance, and is a Gestalt OSD Certified Practitioner. She leads an organizational development consulting firm, kmb, that partners with leaders and organizations to solve complex organizational and people challenges that interfere with strong, sustainable results and long-term organizational health. 

Prior to kmb, Dr. Brown was instrumental in leading the second largest labor union’s organizational transformation in the way they approached race and accumulated close to two decades of strategic business experience in various domestic and international Finance, Organizational Development, and Operations roles with increasing responsibility at various organizations like Prudential Financial, Walt Disney Company, and Dartmouth College.

Presentations from Facing Race 2022

What’s Next (Race Forward Direction)

This panel will look at the evolution of the racial justice movement with a focus on current trends. The objective is to understand how the racial justice movement is evolving, what new frameworks and analyses are being posited, and what promising practices and bright spots are informing the work of Race Forward moving forward.

Speakers: Glenn Harris, Charlene Sinclair, Eric Ward, Julie Nelson, Faron McLurkin, Kerry Mitchell Brown