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Cori Deterding


In our next Courageous Conversations, we will discuss the history of wealth accumulation in the US, the dysfunction that it has perpetuated, and what we can do to change it now. We’ll explore what decolonizing wealth means and why it’s important to consider when addressing social justice issues in our community. Through this discussion, you’ll learn the philanthropic community’s role in how to better address the historic impacts on communities of color and leave with strategies that foster the balance and healing needed to create economic opportunities for all.

Join us for a conversation with Christine Benero, President and CEO of Mile High United Way, and Edgar Villanueva exploring this important issue.

Edgar Villanueva, an expert in social justice philanthropy and author of Decolonizing Wealth, encourages those working in philanthropy to lean into the uncomfortable history of how wealth was accumulated and to "give money away in a way that respects history." He believes that the same wealth that inflicted trauma can also be used to facilitate healing and connection. Edgar is an award-winning author, activist and expert on issues of face, wealth, and philanthropy. he is the Principal of Decolonizing Wealth Project and Liberated Capital and author of the bestselling book Decolonizing Wealth (2018, 2021). He advises a range of organizations including national and global philanthropies, Fortune 500 companies, and entertainment on social impact strategies to advance racial equity from within and through their investment strategies. Villanueva holds a BSPH and MHA from the Gillings Global School of Public Health at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is an enrolled member of the Lumbee Tribe and resides in New York City. 

Courageous Conversations is Mile High United Way’s virtual event series that explores topics around social justice and racial equity. During each session, we host leaders in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to share their insights into the social justice issues facing communities of color. Each event is intended to encourage collective understanding and action and to explore how, as an organization and as individuals, we can work to build greater equity in our community.


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Date & TimeTue, Mar 30, 2021 12:00pm - 1:00pm


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