So You Have DEI Fatigue? Here’s Why.

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Aug 22, 2023

5:30 PM


American Underground 201 West Main Street, Durham, NC, 27701


3 actionable steps you can take now to combat DEI burnout

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is an important topic that has gained a lot of attention in recent years. However, for some individuals, the continuous discussions and efforts around DEI can be emotionally and mentally exhausting.

The AMA Triangle is excited to welcome Najauna White, VP, Diversity & Inclusion at Miles Partnership, to educate local marketers about DEI and the importance of this work. Attendees will learn how to identify signs of DEI fatigue or burnout in themselves and their colleagues. This includes behaviors such as disengagement from DEI initiatives, avoidance of difficult conversations, and feeling overwhelmed or hopeless.

This informative discussion, moderated by Misty Wilson, Founder of Dexter Lilly will provide actionable strategies for attendees to effectively manage DEI burnout. This will include tips for setting healthy boundaries, practicing self-care, and developing support networks. Attendees will have the opportunity to explore these strategies through an interactive discussion.

Join AMA Triangle on Tuesday, August 22nd from 5:30-7pm at American Underground to gain:

  • A better understanding of DEI
  • Increased awareness of DEI fatigue
  • Practical tools for managing it

This session is ideal for individuals who are passionate about DEI work and want to ensure they can sustain their efforts over the long term.


Meet Our Speaker:

Najauna is a Certified Diversity Executive® and Certified Meeting Professional whose belief in education, genuine relationships, and community engagement has led her to build expertise in various fields and industries such as hospitality, tourism, tech, and economic development.

She is currently the VP of Diversity & Inclusion at Miles Partnership. She serves on several association leadership boards locally and nationally within the hospitality, travel & tourism space.

She finds passion in curiosity, skepticism, and reconstructing relationships and spaces where people can show up as their whole selves. Above all else, Najauna is committed to building equitable spaces; she is a connector, a storyteller, a mom, a wife, and a friend that finds true value in creating valuable shared experiences.

Meet Our Moderator:

Misty is a creator and a builder, known for her ability to envision and execute creative, futuristic marketing campaigns. With a strong background in data science, as well as qualitative and quantitative analysis, Misty excels at designing fully integrated, data-driven, DEI-focused marketing campaigns that empower brands to create inclusive, mission-driven strategies. Her work is dedicated to cultivating meaningful relationships while fostering a continuously forward-thinking vision.

While marketing has always been Misty’s greatest passion, her purpose lies in her unwavering commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). In 2020, she became the first Black President of the Triangle chapter of the American Marketing Association in North Carolina, where she discovered her true calling to educate, connect, and effect real, substantive change in the way of DEI, by leveraging her marketing platform. Her outstanding contributions in digital marketing, PR, data science, and DEI earned her a well-deserved place on the esteemed “2021 Top 50 Black Marketers on the Rise” list in April 2021.

As part of her broader DEI efforts, she co-founded a DEI Taskforce and played a key role in co-authoring an international DEI Pledge. This vital initiative provided guidance for all 70 chapters of the American Marketing Association to implement DEI practices and foster inclusive environments for their respective communities. Beyond her transformative work in DEI, Misty takes pride in being a loving dog mom, an avid traveler, a passionate foodie, a bourbon connoisseur, and a southern girl through and through.

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