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Audience in Lecture






Chief Executive Officer


BMe Community


Trabian Shorters is a catalyst of a national movement to first define black people by their aspirations and contributions, then to secure their fundamental freedoms to Live, Own, Vote and Excel. He is a retired tech entrepreneur, New York Times bestselling author, New Pluralist Field-builder, and former vice president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation where he was responsible for $300M in active grants and endowments in 26 US cities. Shorters is the international authority on an award-winning cognitive frame-work called “Asset-Framing(tm)” which is in high-demand by heads of influential philanthropic, journalism and social impact networks. Asset-Framing equips its practitioners to have far greater social impact, raise more money, engage broader populations, and make fundamentally stronger cases for equity and systems-change. Shorters serves as a senior advisor to several foundations and social impact networks. The members of the black leadership network he founded in 2013, BMe Community, command and direct billions in private resources toward building more caring and prosperous communities. Shorters is on the board of P33, Chicago's inclusive economy initiative as well as DonorsChoose and the Solutions Journalism Network.

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