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Lunch and Lead: Black History Month Panel Discussion on Sankofa Leadership

February 7, 2023 @ 12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Graphic seen top to bottom: Shontrai Irving, Maceo Rainey and Shanita Starks for the Lunch and Lead Series at Purdue University Northwest, hosted by the Leadership Institute and Society of Innovators.

Reflection is important for progress.

Sankofa is a word in the Twi language of Ghana which literally translates to “it is not taboo to fetch what is at risk of being left behind.” The principle of Sankofa invites us to take from the past what is good and bring it into the present to make progress in the future.

This month’s Lunch and Lead features a panel of esteemed guests who will discuss what can happen when we create the space for curious reflection, emergent collaboration, and continuous progress.

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About the Speakers

  • Shontrai Irving, J.D., M.B.A., a resident of Gary, Indiana is a Clinical Associate Professor in the College of Business at Purdue University Northwest and a practicing attorney. He is a former Deputy Prosecutor in Lake County, Indiana and was previously selected as a Governor’s Fellow as well. Attorney Irving spent nearly a decade as a corporate attorney for State Farm Litigation Counsel.
  • Maceo Rainey is the Director of Educational Talent Search at Purdue University Northwest.
  • Shanita D. Starks is an Early Outreach Admissions Coordinator for Purdue University (West Lafayette). Shanita works primarily with increasing the college-going rate of underrepresented student populations in Lake County, Indiana, with a special focus on African American students.

Presented by the Leadership Institute and Society of Innovators at PNW, Lunch and Lead is a free virtual speaker series designed to help community and business leaders develop knowledge and skills while raising awareness of best practices from other leaders across Northwest Indiana and beyond.

To request a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Office of Institutional Equity at oie@pnw.edu or (219) 989-2163 five days prior to the event.


February 7, 2023
12:00 pm - 12:45 pm
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