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21 Day Racial Equity Challenge Webinar: Sowing the Seeds of Equity

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.

Join us for this kick-off to the 2018 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge! During this webinar, we'll dig into the purpose and goals of the Challenge, get oriented to how it works, and hear from past participants about how this experience of daily practice has been affirming and awakening, empowering them to action. 

About the speakers 

Kerry Bowie

Kerry BowieKerry Bowie is the Managing Partner at Msaada Partners.  Kerry and his consulting firm partners help organizations tackle social, economic, and environmental problems with a focus on strategy, management, operations, and design.  Prior to cofounding Msaada Partners, Kerry acquired extensive experience as an environmental engineer and manager during nine years with Texas Instruments and more than eight years with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection.  Kerry served as the department's representative to the Massachusetts Food Policy Council.  In addition to holding leadership positions at his church, Kerry is a Food Solutions New England Trailblazer, mentors start-up firms as part of the MIT Venture Mentoring Service, and serves on the MIT Climate Action Advisory Committee and the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Science.  Kerry holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in environmental engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of Michigan, respectively, as well as an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. 

Jennifer Obadia

Jen ObadiaDr. Jennifer Obadia is the Eastern US Director for Health Care Without Harm's Healthy Food in Health Care Program.  In this capacity she guides a team to support hospitals in their role to improve regional food systems.  This includes transitioning their procurement toward more sustainable and regionally produced foods and engaging in the development of healthy community food systems.  Prior to joining HCWH Jennifer managed the Boston Bounty Bucks, SNAP farmers market incentive program.  Dr. Obadia also served as adjunct faculty at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University for five years. She received her doctorate (2011) in Nutrition from the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and a Masters degree (2003) in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Bart Westdijk

Bart WestdijkBart Westdijk is a program director for the New England Grassroots Environment Fund. Bart’s main professional interest currently revolves around participatory decision-making, meaningfully putting equity at the center of our work and true local agency in opportunity-taking and problem-solving. With the Grassroots Fund, a non-profit providing support to local volunteer leaders through grants, trainings, and networking, Bart focuses on a variety of tasks ranging from strategic program development to fundraising and from grant reviewing to regional food system development. Driven to stretch the 'comfort zone of philanthropy', Bart is excited to explore the spectrum of local acts of revolution and transformation, supporting a broad spectrum of changemakers and listening to local volunteer leaders from diverse lived experiences develop into powerful voices representing their community.


This webinar is brought to you by members of Food Solutions New England’s 21-Day Racial Equity Challenge Planning Committee:

  • Kalila Booker-Cassano, Henry P. Kendall Foundation
  • Amanda Jacir, Real Food Challenge
  • Johanna Rosen, Food Solutions New England
  • Karen Spiller, KAS Consulting


Featured image courtesy of Shelburne Orchards.