Courageous Conversations

February 10: How to Have Bold, Inclusive Conversations

The spring 2022 Courageous Conversations Panel Discussion: How to have bold, inclusive conversations, took place on Thursday, February 10 at 6 pm  via Zoom.

View the recording here.

Featured Panelists





Meshach Cleary
Vice President of Global Operations at SPX FLOW, Inc.

Danielle Gray
Executive Vice President and Global Chief Legal Officer, Walgreens

James “J.K.” Reaves ’93
Senior vice president of Life and Financial Planning, Truist
App State Board of Trustees member

Brenda Young
Owner, Bee’s Sweet Eats





Amaya Crawford International Business and Marketing Double Major, Fleming Scholar

Celeste Ramseur Supply Chain Management Major, Fleming Scholar


About Courageous Conversations

Courageous Conversations is an initiative of the Walker College's Inclusive Excellence Team

Past Events


The spring 2022 Courageous Conversations Panel Discussion: How to have bold, inclusive conversations, took place on Thursday, February 10 at 6 pm  via Zoom.


As part of BLM at School Week, students, faculty, staff and community members from the Walker College of Business and the Reich College of Education gathered virtually for a Courageous Conversation on February 4, 2021. Featured speakers:  Dr. Olamide Alabi, Assistant Professor of Surgery in the Division of Vascular Surgery & Endovascular Therapy, Emory University; Yohance Christie, JD, City Attorney, City of Lincoln, NE; Jennifer & Timothy Bibb, Authors, One Hundred Facts Every Black Youth Needs to Know;  Brittney Hodges-Bolkovac, Teacher, Dawes Middle School, Lincoln Nebraska; Brandy Smith, JD, AVP, Chief Compliance Officer & Counsel, Lincoln Financial Group


A virtual Courageous Conversations event was held November 5, 2020, featuring a panel discussion centering around the experiences and challenges around religious identities of industry professionals in the workplace. Read the news post | View the photo album

The 4th Annual Courageous Conversations was held on February 6, 2020 in Peacock Hall Room 1015. 


The 3rd Annual Courageous Conversations was held on Thursday, February 20, 2019.  


The 2nd Annual Courageous Conversations was held on Thursday, February 1, 2018. The event featured a panel discussion followed by a reception for participants. This event was one of many activities on Appalachian State University's campus held in conjunction with Black History Month. Courageous Conversations is an initiative of the Walker College's Inclusive Excellence Team (formerly Diversity Advisory Team), and the 2018 event was co-hosted by the Mu Upsilon Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. and the Alpha Alpha Rho Chapter of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Read the news post | View the photo album


On Thursday, February 2, 2017, business alumni shared their experiences and advice on speaking with colleagues about race and implicit bias in the workplace. The panel was held in the Holland International Engagement Room in Peacock Hall on the campus of Appalachian State University.   A reception followed the panel discussion, hosted by Appalachian's Chapter of the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and the Walker College of Business. Read the news post | View the photo album