All New Virtual Events Series

Courageous Conversations is a virtual series produced by the Walter Kaitz Foundation. These virtual webcasts feature timely and informative discussions with experts and thought leaders in media and entertainment.

Attendance is offered on a complimentary basis.  Each attendee must register individually in order to attend and will receive a unique registration confirmation.

Virtual Backstage Passes will be offered to select sponsors for an exclusive, post-event meet-and-greet with panelists.

Episode 2 – “BROKERING REAL CHANGE: Roundtable Discussion on the Landmark CBS/NAACP Partnership”

 Special Event Edition in partnership with Entertainment Speakers Bureau


December 18, 2020 – 2:00 pm E.T. (11:00 am P.T.)

Changing the landscape of diversity and accountability in Hollywood is a social imperative.  This round-table conversation touched on a landmark new deal that represents real change.  We heard from two of the integral dealmakers behind the multi-year CBS/NAACP Production Partnership, national thought leaders Derrick Johnson, NAACP President & CEO, and Darrell D. Miller, Esq. Partner, Fox Rothschild, on the timeliness of the collaboration and significance of the deal. We topped off the discussion with newly installed president of the venture, Sheila Ducksworth, President, CBS/NAACP Production Partnership, who spoke on content initiatives and what the public can expect to see from the partnership. The discussion was moderated by Darold Cuba, Journalist & Center for Public Leadership Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School.

Speaker Bios:

Derrick Johnson, President & CEO, NAACP

Darrell D. Miller, Partner & Chair, Entertainment & Sports Law Department, Fox Rothschild

Sheila Ducksworth, President, CBS/NAACP Production Partnership

Darold Cuba, Center For Public Leadership Fellow, Harvard Kennedy School (Moderator)

Episode 1 – “To be Young, Gifted & Black: Inclusivity in STEM” 


October 27, 2020 – 2:00 pm E.T. (11:00 am P.T.)

The first episode featured Dr. Rahsaan Harris, CEO of Citizens Committee for New York City and Nicholas Johnson, Ph.D. Candidate in Operations Research at MIT and the first black Valedictorian at Princeton University.

Opening remarks were provided by Dr. David M. Porter, Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.  Panelists spoke about their experiences in navigating STEM, highlight the many lessons learned and provide key takeaways for interns and young professionals alike.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. David M. Porter

Dr. Rahsaan Harris

Nicholas Johnson