Sharing big ideas with the Public Library Association | Vernā Myers

Vernā Myers

Sharing big ideas
08 Apr 2016

Sharing big ideas with the Public Library Association

Big Ideas with Vernā Myers

Learning how to move diversity forward

April 8, 2016

Vernā Myers, an African American woman who grew up in a Baltimore working class family, graduated from Harvard Law School, and became an entrepreneur, author, and cultural innovator. For the last 20 years, she’s been working to help eradicate barriers of race, gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation at elite international law firms, Wall Street businesses, and even the New York Fire Department to help create a more productive and just status quo. She was the featured Big Ideas speaker for the Public Library Association 2016 conference.

She told the story of her first visit to China, and found herself the object of stares. Everyone was looking at her, and it didn’t feel good.

“Why are these people staring at me?” she thought.

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