Melinda Weekes-Laidlow is the President of Weekes In Advance Enterprises, an organizational development firm offering consulting, facilitation, coaching and professional development services in arts and culture, social innovation, racial equity and collaborative leadership spaces. Clients include Novo Foundation, Columbia University and National Alliance for Media Arts & Culture. Recently, Melinda served as the Managing Director for Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, publisher of the news website Colorlines, and presenter of Facing Race, the nation’s largest multi-racial, multi-disciplinary, inter-generational gathering on racial justice. There, she led organizational change initiatives, chaired its senior management team and supervised national projects in the areas of media, applied research and racial equity consulting. In addition to heading up her own law firm for several years, Melinda worked as a Senior Associate for the Interaction Institute for Social Change, building the capacity of individuals, communities and networks towards more effective, collaborative and inclusive social change. Ignited by the transformative possibilities at the intersection of art, business and social change, Melinda is now forging her path in the fields of filmmaking and social impact investing. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Patricelli Center for Social Entrepreneurshipand has recently been named Social Entrepreneur in Residence at Echoing Green. A member of the ordained clergy, she serves on the ministerial staff of the Greater Allen Cathedral of New York. Melinda holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Harvard University and New York University School of Law.