Conrod Kelly and Ibram X. Kendi named among the trailblazers.
by Jonathan Edouard
Florida A&M University alumni Conrod Kelly and Ibram X. Kendi, Ph.D., are among the World Economic Forum’s list of 2021 Young Global Leaders comprised of trailblazers who have impacted not only their own communities but people around the world.
Kelly and Kendi are two the 112 selected candidates for the new class of 2021 celebrated for their work.
Kelly is an award-winning marketer, industry leader, sought after speaker and writer who received his bachelor’s and MBA from FAMU before continuing his education at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University.
Kelly serves as the executive director of social determinants and population health for pharmaceutical giant Merck. In that role, he leverages health factors to make health care more equitable for underserved communities by promoting equity and inclusion within public health.
“We each have the power to act and inspire in pursuit of purpose,” said Kelly, “but we must do so both with humility and humanity, or else we will lose the power and ability to lead.”
Kendi is an anti-racism activist, best-selling author and director of Boston University’s Center for Antiracist Research. Professor Kendi’s books include How to Be an Antiracist, Stamped from the Beginning, and Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You. In 2020, Kendi was named Time magazine’s 100 Most Influential People of 2020. He holds the Andrew W. Mellon Professorship of Humanities at Boston University. He is co-editor of the best-selling anthology, Four Hundred Souls.
“Honored to be named a 2021 Young Global Leader,” tweeted Kendi following the announcement. “Shout out to all the young leaders from around the globe named to the 2021 class. Now, let’s change the world.”
WEF Young Global Leaders are selected from among q wide variety of qualified candidates annually the under the age of 40 who have shown they are committed to making a difference globally.