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Minnesota PRSA Diversity and Inclusion Forum

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, 7:30 AM until 12:00 PM
Medtronic Headquarters
710 Medtronic Pkwy NE
Fridley, MN  55432
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Diversity and Inclusion Forum: Communicators Creating Change Through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Join us for a deep dive conversation in a live recorded podcast between Chanda Smith Baker of "Conversations with Chanda", KARE 11 journalist Lindsey Seavert, and Minneapolis Public Schools Media Relations Coordinator Dirk Tedmon about the powerful documentary, "Love Them First: Lessons from Lucy Laney Elementary." Breakout sessions feature Insight News Managing Editor Harry Colbert; The Ordway Center for the Performing Arts Director of Communications and Inclusion Toya Stewart Downey; and Children's Minnesota Director of Communications Jocelyn Parker. We'll also hear from Medtronic's Chief Communications Officer Rob Clark and Medtronic ERG representative Samir Mody.

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Registration and Networking
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Forum

Members: $50
Non-Members: $60
Event pass eligible.

Medtronic Headquarters
710 Medtronic Pkwy NE
Fridley, MN 55432
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Lindsey Seavert, Emmy award-winning KARE 11 Journalist and filmmaker

Chanda Smith Baker
Chanda Smith Baker of Conversations with Chanda

Who is Chanda? Chanda Smith Baker is The Minneapolis Foundation’s Senior Vice President of Impact. She has over 20 years of experience working in, for, and with underestimated communities. Chanda is committed to helping us break out of our silos, talk about critical issues together, and be a catalyst for collective change.

Dirk Tedmon, Media Relations Coordinator, Minneapolis Public Schools
Dirk Tedmon is the Media Relations Coordinator for Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS). Serving with the district since 2015, he focuses on working collaboratively with the media to keep the district’s 36,000 families, 7,000 staff, and Minneapolis community informed about what’s happening in MPS schools. He also manages crisis communication and supports internal communication with a focus on openness, transparency, and accessibility. Prior to coming to MPS, Dirk served in the Obama White House where he coordinated messaging and led a team of writers who used the power of stories to engage constituents, help shape President Obama’s policies, and inform national discussions.

Want to join in on the conversation? Submit any diversity and inclusion related questions you'd like addressed during the conversation between Chanda and Lindsey. You can submit these during the registration process or send an email to

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