Authenticity: The Quality of Being You - A LSHRM DE&I Program
When: Monday, February 20th, 2023 from 6-9pm
Where: The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave., Louisville, KY 40206
DeVone Holt is a multi-talented leader who combines nearly 30 years of experience as an institutional brand manager, culture creator, strategic communicator and people convenor.
In 2019, Holt began working at Goodwill Industries of Kentucky, where he currently serves as the Chief External Affairs Officer for one of the nation’s highest performing, independently operated Goodwill organizations. At Goodwill, he is responsible for the nonprofit organization’s marketing, communications, public relations, fundraising and government affairs. He also oversees Kentucky’s very first high school for adults, which Goodwill is scheduled to open in the fall of 2022 after a successful multi-year legislative lobbying campaign led by Holt.
Most notably, Holt is currently helping to lead Goodwill through the largest development project in the organization’s nearly 100-year history. The Opportunity Campus the organization is building in Louisville’s most underserved community is a $100+ million investment that will turn a 20-acre inner-city brownfield location into a one-stop lifestyle enrichment destination that includes a full-service hospital and a 120,000 square-foot resource mall.
Previously, DeVone Holt served as the National Director of Customer Engagement for ResCare Workforce Services and the Special Assistant to the Superintendent of Jefferson County Public Schools. In those roles, he functioned as the lead external affairs officer for both organizations and introduced a collection of innovative solutions to help maintain their respective status as the nation’s largest workforce services provider and America’s 28th largest school district. His leadership efforts were recognized in a community study conducted by Leadership Louisville, which identified him as one of the city’s most “connected” citizens who has found success at “getting things done” as a “trusted leader.”
As an economic development professional, his work helped create approximately $400 million in new business investments and more than 1,000 new jobs for inner-city residents. He produced these unprecedented results by managing the inner-city business expansion and attraction projects for the city of Louisville for seven years
before founding the Urban Insight Agency, which served as a consulting firm that helped companies maximize their investments in urban markets.
In 2003, his best-selling book “Hip-Hop Slop: The Impact of a Dysfunctional Culture” was published and led him to the lecture circuit. Since then, the book has become the subject of a national debate and has been deemed required-reading for college students around the country.
For 10 years, DeVone Holt served as lead host, writer and producer of the “Saturday Morning Solutions” radio show in Louisville where he helped create one of the area’s largest and most loyal listening audiences by sharing strategies on how to improve urban communities. Holt lives in Louisville with his son Aaron.
Josh Miller is a queer changemaker, nonprofit visionary leader and international public speaker who takes an insightful and ambitious approach to creating a more inclusive world. His values-based leadership is rooted in curiosity, creativity, courage, and connection.
Miller is the co-founder + CEO of IDEAS xLab – an organization that uses the art of storytelling and community collaboration to impact public health - whose work has been featured by The New York Times, The Aspen Institute, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
He is a 2022 Soros Equality Fellow and received the 2022 Nonprofit Visionary Leader Award from Louisville Business First and was selected for Business Equality Magazine’s Forty LGBTQ+ Leaders under 40 and Louisville Business First's Forty under 40. Miller is a 2x TEDx speaker and has engaged audiences at Fortune 500 companies and international conferences from Kentucky to Salzburg.
As an artist, entrepreneur, and outdoor explorer he creates Wearable Photos™ through Josh Miller Ventures and ran the Gay Games Marathon in 2018. Miller has been described as a "force in our community,” having participated in fellowships including the Colorado Collective Leadership Initiative, CBCA Leadership Arts, and the National Leadership Academy for the Public’s Health.
Miller holds an MBA from Indiana University and an undergraduate degree in Art Administration and Business Administration from Bellarmine University. Previously, he served as an advisor to the Derby Diversity & Business Summit and co-chair for the Louisville Health Advisory Board’s Communications Committee, and a founding Board Member of Civitas: Regional LGBTQ Chamber of Commerce headquartered in Louisville, KY.
In addition to his outdoor explorations, Miller celebrates the brilliance and strength of LGBTQ+ and Black communities through photography and collaborative storytelling - challenging traditional notions of beauty, and working to make spaces inclusive for individuals who don’t drink alcohol.
His work has been featured by The New York Times, the Aspen Institute, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and County Health Rankings & Roadmaps, Louisville Business First, The Voice of Louisville, Business Equality Magazine, The Renewal Project, Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America, The Advocate, and more.
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