Associated Black Charities (ABC) is pleased to announce a new event-based initiative for 2021 – the Equity First Speakers Series, in partnership with Comcast. Each session of the four-part series will take place online and will be ticketed, with all proceeds benefitting the programs and operations of ABC. Comcast is partnering with ABC for this interview-style event that will enrich both private and corporate audiences who are interested in developing their racial equity lens.

Equity First will consist of interviews with key leaders, from Baltimore and across the nation, who recognize that sustainable change for people of color will only come when structural and institutional barriers are replaced with equitable policies, practices and institutions. Invited speakers will be those who have put equity first in their careers and their passions. At the time of this release the series’ sponsors, in addition to Comcast, included Under Armour Foundation, Bank of America, Whiting-Turner Contracting Company, Wells Fargo, and Afro News.

The inaugural session of Equity First will take place on Thursday, May 20th at 7pm and feature Keesha Boyd, Executive Director, Multicultural Video & Entertainment, Xfinity Consumer Services, as interviewed by Diane Bell-McKoy, President and CEO of ABC. The evening will focus on Ms. Boyd’s personal journey as a woman of color in corporate America and Technology, and how equity has been essential to her career path at Comcast.

As the Executive Director for Multicultural Video & Entertainment at Comcast NBCU, Keesha Boyd is responsible for defining the Multicultural content programming & engagement strategy specific to Black, Latino, Asian American and International viewing audiences. Her role touches all facets of the distribution business including business strategy, content acquisition, marketing, production and consumer engagement. Keesha is a proven leader having held several progressive roles at such notable Fortune 500 companies as Ryder Transportation and McDonalds Corporation.

The remaining dates of Equity First are being finalized and will take place in August, September, and November. ABC’s Director of Development & Strategic Partnerships, Anike Neverdon-Edmonds Coates, shared that they are hopeful for strong community and sponsorship support for ABC’s new series, “especially during this pivotal time when conversations surrounding equity are high priority in our local and national communities. Proceeds from this event are critical to our operation and our ability to improve economic outcomes for African Americans.” Tickets and further details may be found on

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