A Conversation with Johnnetta Betsch Cole
Museum Directors
Start Day and Time
Wednesday May 10 9:45-11 a.m.
Venue and Meeting Room
St. Louis America's Center

Makeba Clay, former chief diversity officer at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art (NMAfA), will engage NMAfA Director Johnnetta Betsch Cole in a conversation that delves deeper into questions of diversity and inclusion that Cole addressed in her keynote at the 2015 AAM Annual Meeting in Atlanta. Their conversation will focus on why the very future of our museums-as well as of zoological parks and aquariums-requires greater diversity on our boards and staff, in our exhibitions and educational programs, and among our visitors.

Name: Makeba Clay
Current title/profession: Leadership and Organizational Strategist
Current hometown: Washington, DC


Name of project: West Africa Farmer-to-Farmer Program
Location of the project: Ghana
Organization that sent the volunteer: ACDI/VOCA

By Makeba Clay, the ACDI/VOCA-SHRM Foundation International Volunteer Partnership’s first volunteer

At the end of 2016, the SHRM Foundation forged a new partnership with ACDI-VOCA, a Washington, DC-based international development organization experienced in managing impactful, skills-based international volunteering programs. They offer professionals international volunteer opportunities at no cost to the professional or their organization.

Makeba Clay is the first recipient of a SHRM Foundation/ACDI-VOCA International Volunteer Opportunity. Makeba is a leader in diversity and inclusion in the DC-metro area having worked most recently as Chief Diversity Officer for the National Museum of African Art and now as the CEO of Innovative Global Solutions Consulting, LLC, a woman-owned management consulting firm.