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Monday, January 24 • 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Identity and the Individual and Inclusion

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Improving identity isn’t just about making systems more secure - it’s also about making sure that identity systems work for everybody.  For people who are poor, who are of color, who are living with disabilities - some of America’s identity systems don’t work that well today, and this then creates gaps that can exacerbate other inequities.  This panel will dive into different perspectives on how the design choices we make in both physical and digital identity systems can impact individuals, and discuss ways we can make things better.  

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Eva Velasquez

President & CEO, Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC)
Eva Velasquez is the President/CEO of the Identity Theft Resource Center. Velasquez previously served as the Vice President of Operations for the San Diego Better Business Bureau and 21 years at the San Diego District Attorney’s Office. She is a recognized expert who has been featured on CNBC Nightly Business Re... Read More →

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Birdell Lewis

Senior Vice President, Centralized Shared Services, Synchrony
Birdell Lewis is the Senior Vice President, Centralized Shared Services for Synchrony. In this role he is responsible for providing strategic direction, thought leadership and champions the development of an inclusive 600-person diverse organization.  He has a diverse background... Read More →
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Pastor Ben Roberts

Foundry United Methodist Church
Rev. Ben Roberts, is a North Carolina native from Oak Island. After graduating from Greensboro College in 2008 Ben went to Wesley Theological Seminary to pursue his Master of Divinity.Upon graduating Wesley in 2013 Ben was hired full-time as the Director of Social Justice Ministries... Read More →
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Chris Peterson

Penny Forward and Community Member
Chris Peterson was born blind and raised with the expectation that he’d lead a successful life. He has a Bachelor’s in computer science from Southwest Minnesota State University, a Master’s in software  engineering from the University of Minnesota, and has worked as a software... Read More →

Monday January 24, 2022 1:45pm - 2:30pm EST