October 14, 2020 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm EDT

Session 4.1
A Watershed Moment: Disparate Impact Doctrine In a Time Of Crisis


Lisa Rice

President and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance

Disparate Impact – a widely accepted fair housing doctrine – is a critical tool for tackling hidden bias and systemic discriminatory barriers.

In the wake of hugely disparate outcomes related to the COVID-19 pandemic and continuing demonstrations throughout the nation against systemic racism, housing and financial services corporations have begun to re-think their public positions related to the disparate impact tool. Identifying the need for deep reflection about how policy changes can stifle the country’s effort to advance racial equality, housing and financial services companies and trade associations have called on the Department of Housing and Urban Development to pull back a harmful proposed rule that not only provides a safe harbor for algorithmic bias but significantly restricts the use of the Disparate Impact tool. 

At a time when the nation is engaged in a serious discussion and reckoning with systemic racism, corporations are hesitant to back a proposal that may well undermine the effectiveness of the Fair Housing Act. Housing and financial services leaders engage in a timely discussion to explore this critical inflection point and what institutions are doing to affirmatively advance housing and lending justice.


Bill Emerson

Vice-Chairman, Quicken Loans

Michael D. Calhoun

President, Center for Responsible Lending

Kristy Fercho

Executive Vice President for Home Lending, WELLS FARGO

Gale King

Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer, Nationwide

Mark W. O’Donovan

CEO of Home Lending, JPM Chase

Vince Malta

President, National Association of Realtors®


Pages Matam

International Artist, Writer, Event Coordinator, and Educator

Kenneth Something

Poet, Playwright, Educator and Organizer

October 14, 2020 | 2:45pm – 4:45pm EDT

Session 4.2
The New Reconstruction: Planning To Win


April Ryan

White House Correspondent, CNN Political Analyst

Our ability to advance fairness and justice rests in our hands. That means our strategy for success must be bold and adaptable. This campfire-style panel will feature a discussion among the nation’s foremost civil rights leaders about the scenarios we envision from the results of the 2020 presidential election.  It will also help position the civil and human rights movement for victory no matter who is in the White House. 

The first Reconstruction, following the end of the Civil War, held great promise for People of Color. Designed to provide full equity and parity, particularly for the formerly enslaved population, demands for full and equal voting rights, political participation, educational access, housing rights, access to credit and economic opportunity, annihilation of racist policies and practices, and a plan for reparations were part and parcel of the Reconstruction ideal. But it was never realized due to intentional and systemic racism, violence, and discrimination.

Today, we are fashioning a new and lasting Reconstruction. We are positioning ourselves to win on all fronts. This panel explores the transformative and reparative policies, systems, and structures we must put in place so we can have a truly equal, productive, and just society.

Featured Conversation

Sherrilyn Ifill

President and Director-Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Lisa Rice

President and CEO, National Fair Housing Alliance


Kevin Allis

Chief Executive Officer, National Congress of American Indians

Alphonso David

President, Human Rights Campaign

Vanita Gupta

President and CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Janet MurguÍa

President and CEO, UnidosUS

Karen Tamley

President and CEO, Access Living

John C. Yang

President and Executive Director, Asian American Justice Center