THE ORGANIZER JESSE LIPSCOMBE WELCOMES YOU TO THE MIA #MAKEITAWKWARD SUMMIT. IT'S A ONE-OF-A-KIND EXPERIENCE THAT WILL INFORM, EDUCATE, EQUIP AND INSPIRE ITS PARTICIPANTS. MIA IS BRINGING TOGETHER GLOBAL LEADERS CHAMPIONING INCLUSIVITY, DIVERSITY AND LOVE IN ORDER TO DISRUPT THE STATUS QUO AND CREATE LASTING SOCIETAL CHANGE. JOIN US FOR THREE IMMERSIVE DAYS OF MULTIFACETED PROGRAMMING, DYNAMIC SHARED EXPERIENCE AND ARTISTIC EXPRESSION IN THE HEART OF THE CITY WHERE IT ALL BEGAN: EDMONTON.
Dates: Thursday Feb 1 - 3, 2018 Website:miasummit.com Location: The Westin Edmonton, 10135 100 St NW, Edmonton Passes: 1 Day or 3 Day Admission Pass
Note: A member of the MIA team will contact you via email to provide additional MIA Summit details.
SCAACHI KOUL Scaachi Koul is a Culture Writer at BuzzFeed News and the author of the bestselling One Day We’ll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matter. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Globe And Mail and The Walrus.
DON IVESON Since his election as Edmonton’s 35th Mayor in 2013, Mayor Iveson has set his sights on transforming Edmonton into a highly uplifting, more resilient, globally competitive, well-governed city that is recognized as one of Canada’s very best places to build something great.
JANE ELLIOTT Jane Elliott is an American former third-grade schoolteacher, anti-racism activist, and educator, as well as a feminist and an LGBT activist. She is known for her “Blue eyes–Brown eyes” exercise. She first conducted her famous exercise for her class the day after Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated. When her local newspaper published compositions that the children had written about the experience, the reactions (both positive and negative) formed the basis for her career as a public speaker against discrimination. Elliott’s classroom exercise was filmed the third time she held it with her 1970 third-graders to become The Eye of the Storm. This in turn inspired a retrospective that reunited the 1970 class members with their teacher fifteen years later in A Class Divided. After leaving her school, Elliott became a diversity educator full-time. She still holds the exercise and gives lectures about its effects all over the U.S. and in several locations overseas.
QUINTON AARON Quinton Aaron is best known for his portrayal of Michael Oher, aka Big Mike, alongside Oscar winner Sandra Bullock, in the Academy Award winning hit movie, The Blind Side (2009), which has grossed over $300 million in U.S. box office alone. Quinton is dedicated to advocating for the fight against bullying. He began The Quentin Aaron Foundation, whose mission is to provide hope, encouragement, confidence and resources to children on the brink of suicide or battling the damaging effects on self-esteem and confidence caused by the actions or words of others.