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It’s Time To Talk 2019

February 15 @ 8:30 am - 1:30 pm EST

Join YWCA Greater Cleveland on Friday, February 15th, 2019 for our 5th Annual It’s Time to Talk (ITT) forum on race. This year’s event will ask the question, “Can humor heal?”

Our Keynote Speaker is Founder and CEO of Haha Institute, Karen Williams. Karen graduated summa cum laude from Cleveland State University with a personally-designed major in “Humor and Healing.” She earned a Master of Education degree from CSU’s Adult Learning & Development program. Karen will be exploring the theme of humor and diversity with our guests.

ABOUT ITT: It’s Time to Talk (ITT) is a unique one day forum on combating racism and unconscious bias. ITT features a keynote, a gallery walk, small group circle conversations, as well as a World Cafe. ITT gives participants the opportunity to share their lived experience, learn from others, and begin the work of finding solutions that will allow us to begin to heal our community from the harm caused by racial profiling and unconscious bias.

PURPOSE: To expand racial understanding and cultural competency through dialogue among community and business members of different races with the ultimate goal of eliminating barriers that foster racism and discrimination. We do this by creating a safe space for dialogue where community participants can actively work through the issues of racism and discrimination.

STRATEGY: Create opportunities for significant dialogue and conversations that move beyond the superficial. Invite people from every ethnicity and community to participate in a dialogue to affirm how important diversity is to Greater Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.


February 15
8:30 am - 1:30 pm


YWCA Greater Cleveland
4019 Prospect Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44103 United States
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