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More than a Seat at the Table: Why Meaningful and Equitable Representation Matters

Comparable and meaningful representation among key decision-makers is not always present within local, state, tribal, and federal government. Today, people of color, women, individuals with physical and mental disabilities, and those who identify as LGBTQ+ remain absent from critical conversations which impact their communities. While long-standing barriers, both structural and cultural, stand in the way of meaningful representation, these barriers are not insurmountable.

This program explores the critical importance of why representation matters at all levels of government. Speakers will discuss the importance of providing meaningful opportunities to build a workforce reflective of the diverse and vibrant communities we serve; eliminating barriers, which interfere with equitable and active community participation; investing in and developing the pipeline; and promoting environments of transparency and accountability.


  • Amáda Márquez Simula, Mayor, Columbia Heights, MN
  • Kyle L. Stone, Prosecutor, Stark County, Ohio
  • Ashleigh R. Wilson, Legislative Dir. & Counsel, U.S. House of Representatives
  • Kevin Olasanoye, National Political and Organizer Director, The Collective PAC


  • Tamara P. Nash, Administrative Director, ABA Young Lawyers Division