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Diversity and inclusion strategist to talk at Robertson School Speaker Series

Sep 24, 2019

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Carolina Espinal, founding principal of Mozaic Strategies.

The Richard T. Robertson School of Media and Culture is excited to announce Carolina Espinal, founding principal of Mozaic Strategies, as the speaker for its next Speaker Series event. The event, which will take place during Hispanic Heritage Month, is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 6 p.m. in the University Student Commons Theater. Her talk is titled "Opportunities at the Intersection: How Diversity & Inclusion are Transforming Business and Society."

Espinal is a newly appointed member of the VCU Board of Visitors. She founded Mozaic Strategies, a consultancy advancing the creation of more inclusive culture in - and outside - the workplace. As a senior advisor to public and private sector leaders and organizations, she delivers dynamic expertise in Diversity & Inclusion, Public Affairs and Reputation Management.

Formerly a senior strategist with Brunswick Group, she led the Inclusion & Diversity practice and served as the lead advisor on the launch of CEO Action on Diversity & Inclusion - the largest CEO-driven initiative focused on D&I in the workplace. She began her career as a civil rights advocate working on behalf of communities of color at UnidosUS and later led the NAACP’s national civic engagement policy platform. She has also led political engagement strategies and outreach for federal, state, and local campaigns. A resident of Arlington County, Espinal is the proud daughter of immigrants and a graduate of the University of Virginia and Harvard University.

The Speaker Series event, which is free and open to the public, will be moderated by Robertson School instructor Vivian Medina-Messner. Seating will be available on a first-come basis. The doors to the University Student Commons Theater, which is located at 907 Floyd Ave., will open at 5:30 p.m. In addition to street parking, nearby paid parking is available in VCU's Main Street and West Cary Street parking decks.

The following events of the Robertson School Speaker Series will be on Nov. 21 with former Washington Post columnist Bob Levey and on Jan. 21 with CNN reporter and Robertson School alumna Chandelis Duster.