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Building Inclusivity: Representation Online and in Public Spaces


Dedo N. Baranshamaje, Director of Strategy, Segal Family Foundation
Alise Marshall, Senior Director, Corporate Affairs and Impact, Pinterest
Kimahli Powell, CEO, Rainbow Railroad; Leadership Council Member, Concordia

“There are still 68 countries that criminalize same-sex intimacy, and there are 110 million people displaced around the world, which is the highest number on record.”

– Kimahli Powell

“Young people, particularly young girls, are dealing with an urgent youth mental health crisis. One in six students in the United States of America has an active suicide plan.”

– Alise Marshall

“Inclusivity is not only fundamental but crucial for a really safe and prosperous society.”

– Dedo N. Baranshamaje

Key takeaways & next steps:

  • Diverse representation in leadership positions, decision-making bodies, and global forums is crucial. A wide spectrum of experiences related to culture, ethnicity, gender, and other factors is seen as essential for fostering trust and inclusivity in society.
  • Online platforms can use technologies like AI to promote body positivity and inclusivity. These virtual spaces offer opportunities for individuals to find community and representation, especially for those who are often marginalized.
  • LGBTQI+ individuals face challenges, particularly in regions where LGBTQI+ rights are not acknowledged or are met with persecution. Using online tools to safeguard and support this community is crucial.
  • Technology is a powerful tool for driving both societal and business impact by enhancing inclusivity and representation. For example, expanding the range of skin tones in online filters is shown to increase engagement, illustrating the value of inclusive technology.