Keynote Speakers

We truly believe the conference participants will make or break this event because everyone attending will bring their own rich experiences and contributions. With that said, we’re thrilled to welcome the following speakers who have agreed to share their insights from the conference main stage:

Keynote Speakers

Tamara Winfrey-Harris
Vice President of Community Leadership & Effective Philanthropy
Central Indiana Community Foundation

Tamara Winfrey-Harris has more than 15 years in not-for-profit management and a proven track record of building strong, efficient and innovative teams. She is a nationally-known writer, thought leader and speaker on race, gender and social justice. She joined CICF in 2016 as vice president of marketing and communications. Prior to CICF, Winfrey-Harris  provided counsel for cultural organizations, such as Indianapolis’ Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art and the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago; and consumer companies, including Quaker Oats Company, Georgia-Pacific, the Sara Lee Foundation, the Milk Mustache Campaign, McDonald’s Corporation and others. Tamara is also a nationally-renowned writer and speaker, focusing on issues of race and gender and their intersection with politics, pop culture and current events. Her work has been published in The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Ms. magazine and other media. She is the author of the award-winning book, The Sisters Are Alright: Changing the Broken Narrative of Black Women in America(Berrett-Koehler 2015) and has been invited to speak on issues of race and diversity at universities across the country, including The Ohio State University, Northern Arizona University and Princeton University.

Pamela Ross
Vice President of Opportunity, Equity and Inclusion
Central Indiana Community Foundation

Pamela is responsible for leading the foundation’s initiatives that support equity and inclusive economic growth. She will lead the organization in activating the transformative power of people, ideas and investment toward a Central Indiana with equitable opportunity for everyone to reach their full potential no matter their race, place or identity.

Pamela recently relocated back to Indianapolis from Phoenix, Arizona where she was responsible for the oversight and success of programs serving thousands of foster children. Prior to leaving Indy, she held the position of senior director of programs for the Center for Leadership Development, a long standing youth development organization for the community. Pamela has her masters in social work from the University of Georgia with a concentration focused on community development and program evaluation. She has over 20 years of professional experience in the social services field, managing multiple programs dedicated to elevating the awareness and improving the plight of children and families. “I believe life’s greatest reward is found in gift of giving and nothing is more satisfying than to know your life has made a difference.”