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ELFA Celebrates Black History Month, Diversity & Inclusion with Events

February 08, 2021, 07:20 AM

The Equipment Leasing and Finance Association announced a three-part series of events celebrating Black History Month and diversity & inclusion, hosted by the ELFA Equality Committee. Professionals from across the equipment finance sector are invited to participate in these special learning and networking events.

Feb. 16, 2021 - Special Webinar
1:00 p.m.- 2:00 p.m. Eastern
The Stars in My Soul: My Unlikely Journey Through Space & Time
Keynote Speaker: Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi
[Registration Link]

Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi grew up in some of the roughest neighborhoods in the country. He spent a lot of time inside, reading encyclopedias and watching PBS nature shows. At a young age, he discovered a love of science and space that was inspired by his role model, Albert Einstein. Throughout his childhood and into young adulthood, he was repeatedly faced with circumstances that would make most people give up: a lack of supervision at home, attending his state’s lowest rated school, falling in with the wrong crowd and failing physics exams when he ultimately made his way to Stanford. But he never gave up.

Today, as a world-renowned astrophysicist and the former Space Science Education Lead at NASA, Dr. Oluseyi inspires audiences around the world to chase impossible dreams, fight for what they want, refuse to listen to naysayers, and reach out and lend a hand up to those around them. Hilarious, honest, and inspiring, he wows audiences with a look at his mind-bending scientific research while motivating them with his personal life story.

Feb. 18, 2021 - Equality Virtual Networking Event
5:00 pm- 6:00 pm Eastern
[Registration Link]

Please join ELFA’s Equality Committee for a Black History Month Meet and Greet Networking Event. We encourage all people of color and allies and sponsors to join us. This event is an opportunity to meet others in the community, establish an ongoing dialog, and hear about the Equality Committee’s role and activities and how you can participate.

March 3, 2021 - Wednesday Webinar
Candid Conversations in Diversity: Moderated by Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi
[Registration Link]

Finalizing our Black History Month series, fellow ELFA members will discuss candid stories of personal and professional growth in their diversity experiences and perceptions due to environment, region, and social standing. This webinar will feature Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi.

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