Closing Headliner: Thursday, Oct. 14
Bestselling Author of The Sum of Us
A renowned expert on the American economy, Heather McGhee is one of the most brilliant and influential thinkers exploring inequality today. Both her viral TED talk and her instant New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us reveal the devastating true cost of racism—not just for people of color, but for everyone. Deeply stirring, intelligent, and compassionate, McGhee’s talks offer us an actionable roadmap during one of the most critical—and most troubled—periods in history.
Her deeply personal experiences come together in her new book The Sum Of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. In it, she illuminates how racism is at the root of some of our most vexing public problems, from collapsing infrastructure to rising student debt. The book has been endorsed by New York Times bestselling authors Ibram X. Kendi and Elizabeth Gilbert, as well as and Black Lives Matter co-founder Alicia Garza.
As the former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, McGhee has drafted legislation, testified before Congress, and become a regular contributor on shows like Meet the Press and Real Time with Bill Maher. She also led Demos’ own racial equity organizational transformation, resulting in a doubling of the organization’s racial diversity and growth across all measures of organizational impact.
McGhee holds a bachelor’s in American Studies from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley School of Law. She is the board chair of Color of Change, the country's largest online racial justice organization, and serves on multiple other boards of trustees, including the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Demos.
For the latest updates, visit her website.