Opening Keynote

Race in the Workplace
Healers, Helpers, and Jailers
Kenneth V. Hardy of Drexel University

Panel Discussion

Bringing Systems to Life
Accelerating Social and Economic Mobility on Indy’s Near Eastside


Closing Keynote

Your Work Matters
You Amazing Unicorn of Justice, You!
Vu Le of Nonprofit AF

Headshot of Kenneth HardyOpening Keynote

Kenneth V. Hardy
Professor of Counseling and Family Therapy Department 
Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions 

Race in the Workplace: Healers, Helpers, and Jailers

While many of us recognize that racism is a big problem in the U.S., we tend to be uncomfortable discussing race. This keynote will explore issues of diversity, multiculturalism, cultural competency, privilege, and oppression, helping participants to learn how to talk about race and the hidden wounds of racial trauma. Speaker Kenneth Hardy will contextualize the need for constructive and courageous conversations about race, power, and privilege in our practices, communities, and broader society.

Examine the dynamics of race and hidden trauma wounds and how they limit the life experiences and choices for many youth of color, and go on to hamper relationships into adulthood. Hardy will present his insight, as a psychotherapist and educator, on family dysfunction, poverty, and racial oppression. He identifies racial oppression as a traumatic form of interpersonal violence and will offer strategies for healing and transformation. Most importantly, Hardy will engage participants in thinking critically about our current climate, the historical context, and our individual role in racial tension and racial trauma.

Join this keynote to:

  • Learn about the influence of dominant culture on people of color
  • Increase your racial sensitivity and awareness
  • Learn how to conduct progressive conversations about race and diversity
  • Enhance your ability to develop cross-racial collaborative interactions
  • Take away culturally competent, trauma-informed, racially sensitive workplace practices

About the Keynote

Kenneth V. Hardy is a professor at Drexel University in Philadelphia and is the director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships in New York City. He is an internationally recognized clinician, author, educator, and consultant. Hardy has provided diversity and racial sensitivity training and consultations to an extensive list of health and human services agencies as well as a host of educational institutions. 

Hardy is a frequent workshop presenter, trainer, and consultant on the topics of cultural and racial diversity, trauma, and oppression. He has published prolifically and is the author of numerous articles and book chapters. He has co-authored the following books: Culturally Sensitive Supervision: Diverse Perspectives and Practical Applications; Minorities and Family Therapy; Teens Who Hurt: Clinical Interventions for Breaking the Cycle of Violence; Revisioning Family Therapy: Race, Class, and Culture; and Promoting Culturally Sensitive Supervision: A Manual for Practitioners.

Hardy is also featured in several therapy videotapes as well as a documentary devoted to slavery. His video The Psychological Residuals of Slavery has been well received by both the professional and lay communities for serving as a catalyst to promote conversations about race relationships.

Hardy has received considerable acclaim for the contributions that his publications and videos have made in challenging our field to think critically about issues of diversity, trauma, and oppression. He has been a frequent contributor to the popular media and has been featured on Dateline NBC, 20/20, the Discovery Health Channel, and the Oprah Winfrey Show. Hardy maintains a practice in New York City.

Panel Discussion: Bringing Systems to Life

Accelerating Social and Economic Mobility on Indy’s Near Eastside

Indianapolis kids holding a sign that says "We are in a great place!"

During this panel discussion, leaders from Indianapolis’ human services ecosystem will talk about the many interconnected barriers that families face to achieving economic mobility and how they are intentionally working to improve conditions in which families live, so that they can thrive. Indianapolis’ Near Eastside neighborhood exemplifies the positive outcomes that can result when human services systems work with one another and with community to affect transformational change.

Learn how Indy is accelerating social and economic mobility and breaking the cycle of poverty through two-generation solutions and strategic partnerships within the larger human services ecosystem. 


  • Susan Dreyfus, president and CEO, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities


  • Angela Carr Klitzsch, president and CEO, EmployIndy
  • Lauren Day, director of public relations, IndyGo
  • Jacob Sipe, executive director, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
  • James Taylor, CEO, John Boner Neighborhood Centers

Learn More: Visit the Near Eastside and meet directly with the people who are working to drive revitalization through resident goals and engagement during this study tour.

Closing Keynote

Vu Le
Nonprofit AF

Your Work Matters, You Amazing Unicorn of Justice, You!

Photo of Vu Le holding an inflatable unicorn

In light of the challenges facing our communities, community-based organizations continue to play a vital role. You do incredible work, made even more incredible by the barriers we face, including funding dynamics, unrealistic expectations from society, unfair comparisons to the for-profit sector, and ancient chairs we keep duct-taping together. Our work is like air; people often don't appreciate it until they need it. In this keynote—part pep talk, part comedy routine filled with pictures of baby animals—we will own our power and reaffirm the impact of our work, because we're awesome AF. 

About the Keynote

Vu Le (“voo lay”) is a writer, speaker, vegan, Pisces, and nonprofit leader who has spent over 13 years as an executive director. He is experienced in nonprofit management, capacity building, leadership development, fundraising, and funding dynamics, all done with a lens of equity, diversity, inclusion, and social justice.

Le’s passion to make the world better, combined with a low score on the Law School Admission Test, drove him into the field of nonprofit work, where he learned that we should take the work seriously, but not ourselves. There’s tons of humor in the nonprofit world, and someone needs to document it. He is going to do that, with the hope that one day, a TV producer will see how cool and interesting our field is and make a show about nonprofit work, featuring attractive actors attending strategic planning meetings and filing 990 tax forms.

Known for his no-BS approach, irreverent sense of humor, and love of unicorns, Le has been featured in dozens, if not hundreds, of his own posts at his blog Nonprofit AF. He was named as “Writer with an Attitude” by the Chronicle of Philanthropy and was named to the 2019 Power & Influence Top 50 list by The NonProfit Times