Chicago Council on Global Affairs

What do we mean when we talk about inclusion, and why is it important to have diverse role models?

How have consumers driven companies forward, and how can we advocate for more inclusive branding and advertising? And how will inclusivity help educate future generations while normalizing differences and embracing diversity?

Stephan Bognar, executive director of the New York Dermatology Group Foundation, and model and activist Diandra Forrest, and will discuss the importance of including marginalized persons when developing branding, marketing, and advertising strategies. Each discussant will draw on their unique roles in this space, with Diandra focusing on her barrier-breaking role in the modeling industry and Stephan focusing on his work within global development. Together, they will illuminate challenges overcome, and challenges they are currently working to address.