Diversity Series

African American Leaders from Kansas -Pioneers in DE&I

April 12, 2023 12:00 PM (Zoom)
Denise Sherman, The Kansas African American Museum

This presentation highlights African Americans from Kansas who influenced society by pioneering early DE&I initiatives through civic engagement, sciences, civil rights, sports, business and education. These early Trailblazers were often the “first” in their field to make significant contributions on a national and global scale. Human resource professionals will connect the importance of early Kansas as a “Free State” and the legacy we are experiencing today.

Learning Objectives

  1. Kansas — “Free State” and Exodusters-early African American settlers.
  2. Trailblazers, Icons and Change Makers, who are they and what did they do?
  3. Legacy and connecting today’s DE&I initiatives.

Denise Sherman

Since 2018, Denise Sherman has served as the Executive Director for The Kansas African American Museum (TKAAM). During her tenure at the the museum, Denise has elevated Kansas African American stories, experiences, and contributions to society under the positioning statement “We Are Culture!” In doing so, cultural competency, cultural awareness, and culturally immersive experiences are explored through art, history, and education. TKAAM offers exhibitions, programs, education, and events that address contemporary issues, provides a bridge between past, current and future, as well as elevate the engagement from the community. Prior to joining TKAAM, Denise held administrative positions in higher education, as well as owned several businesses, including media, manufacturing and consulting services.

Denise holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Development, Masters Business Administration, and a member of Wichita SHRM Chapter since 2010. In addition, SHRM-CP, PHR and certifications in leadership, learning and development, nonprofit management and fundraising and served on various committees and initiatives in DEI, as well held adjunct positions for several colleges & universities.

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