2023 Community Meeting: a Conversation with Heather McGhee

We’re 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, is a look at the true cost of racism—not just for people of color, but for everyone.

In her book, McGhee embarks on a cross-country 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.

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 hope you’ll join us for this important conversation and leave inspired to work together to create a Winston-Salem where everyone can thrive.


Heather McGhee is an expert in economic and social policy. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together. A Young Reader edition is being released in early 2023. The former president of the inequality-focused think tank Demos, McGhee has drafted legislation, testified before Congress, and contributed regularly to news shows, including NBC’s Meet the Press. She now chairs the board of Color of Change, the nation’s largest online racial justice organization. McGhee holds a BA in American Studies from Yale University and a JD from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.



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Online registration will be available by March 1.