Grounded in our shared goals to advance equity, the Excelerator’s three-day opening ceremony will feature national speakers focused on the state of equity around the nation. The one and only Cornel West will kick off the event as our first headliner on Oct. 20. 

A prominent and provocative democratic intellectual, West is sought after as the conscience and compass of the American collective. He is professor of the practice of public philosophy at Harvard University and professor emeritus at Princeton University. West has also taught at Union Theological Seminary, Yale, and the University of Paris.

The author of 20 books and editor of 13, West is best known for his classics, Race Matters and Democracy Matters, and for his memoir, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud. His most recent book, Black Prophetic Fire, offers an unflinching look at 19th- and 20th-century African American leaders and their visionary legacies.

By registering for the opening and closing ceremonies, you will not only hear from Cornel West but also Bakari Sellers, political analyst at CNN, on Oct. 21 and Vu Le, blogger of Nonprofit AF, on Oct. 22.

Are You Ready?

Following the three-day opening ceremony that promises to energize participants, Excelerator will convene the human services ecosystem to connect, share, and collaborate. Explore the program to discover five weeks of multisession learning series, networking events, and wellness activities.

We can’t wait for Oct. 19, and we’re looking forward to having you join the conversation. Your voice matters, and your voice is needed.


Any Questions?

Contact our Excelerator support team via email or by calling 800-221-3726, option 3 or 414-359-6578. Our hours of operation are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CT.