Tuesday General Session - Do the Right Thing: A Conversation with Spike Lee Tuesday, 22 October 2019 from 11:00 AM – 12:15 PM

Ballroom - 260
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General Session
When it comes to experiences, Hollywood certainly knows how to create them. And memorable ones at that. But much like corporate America, the entertainment industry has also been under scrutiny in recent years for a lack of diversity and inclusion – both on and off the screen. Movements like #OscarsSoWhite, #metoo and #timesup have shined a spotlight on the striking differences persons of color and women, for example, face in their professional careers. One long-time critic of this imbalance is Oscar-winning director, producer, writer and actor Spike Lee. He received an Academy Award in 2019 for his movie BlacKkKlansman and was among a historic seven black men and women who were honored at the annual event for their achievements in cinema. Lee’s production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, is also responsible for movies including She’s Gotta Have It, Do the Right Thing, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X, He Got Game, The Original Kings of Comedy, Inside Man and Chi-Raq. Join us for a conversation with filmmaker Spike Lee whose more than 35 films have examined race relations, crime, poverty and politics for the past 25 years. He’ll share his thoughts on these important social issues, his life in the movie business – and likely draw some interesting parallels to the work corporate real estate professionals are tackling to create spaces and places that foster inclusive business cultures and support diverse, multigenerational workforces.


Portrait photo of Spike Lee Spike Lee
Oscar-winning Director, Producer, Writer, Actor
Portrait photo of Dwinita Mosby Tyler, PhD Dwinita Mosby Tyler, PhD
Chief Catalyst and Founder, The Equity Project LLC

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