2023 Community Meeting: A Conversation with Heather McGhee

Over 1200 community members gathered at the Benton Convention Center on May 8 for the Foundation’s 2023 Community Meeting.

We were excited to welcome New York Times bestselling author and renowned expert on the American economy, Heather McGhee. Her book, The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, reveals how racism is holding us back—not just as individuals, but as a larger community.

In her book, McGhee embarks on a journey across America, where she explores what we lose when we buy into the idea that progress for some comes at the expense of others. She also identifies what she calls the Solidarity Dividend: gains that result when people come together across race to accomplish what we simply can’t do on our own.

Our May 8 program included Heather’s keynote, followed by conversation with past WSF Committee Member, Drew Hancock. The Foundation has been on a racial equity journey for some time and at the heart of this commitment is our belief that we can only prosper together. We’re thankful for those who joined us for this important conversation, and we hope you left inspired to help create a Winston-Salem where everyone can thrive.

View Community Meeting photos and watch the slideshow recap below: 



2023 Community Meeting Sponsors

The Winston-Salem Foundation thanks the following sponsors for their generous support of the 2023 Community Meeting.


Wells Fargo

Winston-Salem Journal


Adrienne Amos Livengood

Arbor Acres

City of Winston-Salem

United Way of Forsyth County

WFU Center for Private Business


Alex. Brown

Allegacy FCU

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist

Bank of America

Blanco Tackabery

The Chronicle

Craige Jenkins Liipfert & Walker LLP

Darda Financial

Diversified Trust Company

Duke Energy

Frank L. Blum Construction

Fund Evaluation Group, LLC

Global Endowment Management


Kilpatrick Townsend

M Creative

M&F Bank

Megan and Tom Lawson

Mercedes Benz of Winston-Salem

Morgan Stanley

Northington & Associates

Northwestern Mutual

Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center Foundation

Piedmont Federal Savings Bank

PNC Asset Management Group

Que Pasa

Salem Investment Counselors


Saunders, Strode &Trawick, PA

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Stephens Inc.

Thomas S. Kenan Institute for the Arts

Trust Company of the South

Walter Robbs Architects


Womble Bond Dickinson

WSSU Foundation Inc.



Crosby Scholars

Community Partnership

Crossnore Communities for Children

Family Services

Foundation for a Healthy High Point

Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC


The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust

North Carolina for Community and Justice (NCCJ)

Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC

Senior Services, Inc

Smart Start for Forsyth County

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Twin City Development Foundation

Yadkin Valley District United Methodist Church

YMCA of Northwest North Carolina