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Live at the Virtual Barbershop: Black Men in Leadership—From Conversation to Sustainable Action

April 8, 2022 @ 2:00 pm 3:30 pm EDT


Join us at the virtual barbershop as we talk about life … REAL life. Being Black in America means many things, but one of the most prevalent issues is experiencing racism daily on multiple fronts. From standard microaggressions on up to direct confrontations, the men who’ll be waiting on their haircuts at our barbershop have experienced it all.

Black Men in Leadership: From Conversation to Sustainable Action

In a climate where awareness around diversity, equity, and inclusion conversations has heightened, Black men are still few and far between in high-level leadership positions. Further, the limited number of Black males in leadership roles experience tremendous pressure characterized by fear, anxiety, and stress. Black males are often challenged with needing to comply with the cultural status quo and mask their authentic identities.

At this virtual barbershop, Black male executives across the U.S. will examine and discuss their leadership journeys. To drive toward meaningful change, we’ll uncover practical recommendations and strategies. During this conversation, we’ll discuss:

  • How we can recognize the real experiences and challenges many Black men face in leadership positions
  • The factors that influence the professional journey of Black males to the C-suite
  • How best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion can guide sustainable positive impact for Black men in leadership

About the Virtual Barbershop

The barbershop is the one of the few safe places where Black men feel very comfortable in having candid conversations on just about anything. All over America, the barbershop continues to serve as a second home and place of refuge, healing, and compassion for Black men.

This virtual space will feature several Black male executives from around the country, sharing their experiences and recommendations for advancing anti-racist leadership and championing equity-focused action in human services organizations. Just like in any barbershop, anyone is welcome to drop in at any time based on their availability and interest.

Catch Up with the Barbers on Previous Visits


  • How dominant culture challenges Black males in leadership roles
  • How best practices in diversity, equity, and inclusion can guide sustainable positive impact for Black men in leadership
  • Strategies that positively impact Black men currently in leadership roles and create pathways for additional Black men aspiring to leadership

Who Should Participate

  • Executives
  • Directors
  • Program managers
  • Human resources staff
  • Board members

The Barbers


Undraye P. Howard

Senior Director and Special Advisor to the CEO for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Social Current

Romero Davis

Romero Davis

Senior Program Manager for Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Engagement
Social Current

Waiting on a Haircut

Raphael Holloway

Gateway Center in Atlanta

Claude A. Robinson Jr.

Executive Vice President of External Affairs and Diversity
UCAN in Chicago

George Winn

The Children’s Center in Detroit

Jesse McLean

Executive Director of Western Pennsylvania and Northeast Ohio
Pressley Ridge in Pittsburgh

Jonathan Palmer

Executive Director
Hallie Q. Brown Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota

Julius Mullen Sr.

Executive Director
BASSE in Georgetown, Delaware

Reyahd D.J. Kazmi

Director of Business and Government Strategies
National Youth Advocate Program in Columbus, Ohio