Keynote Speakers

Each year, the NTC invites someone to share their thoughts on issues vital to the nonprofit sector. Sometimes the speaker is well-known, sometimes not. But they are always inspiring, and their remarks are discussed long after the conference ends. In 2021, we are honored to host three accomplished activists and authors who write about the intersection of race and technology.

Ruha Benjamin is a professor of African American Studies at Princeton University and author of People’s Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier (Stanford University Press). She has studied the social dimensions of science, technology, and medicine for over fifteen years and speaks widely on issues of innovation, equity, health, and justice in the U.S. and globally. Read more.
Malkia Devich-Cyril is an award-winning writer and public speaker on issues of digital rights, narrative power, Black liberation and collective grief, as well as the lead founder and former Executive Director of MediaJustice — a national hub boldly advancing racial justice, rights, and dignity in a digital age. After more than 10 years of organizational leadership, Devich-Cyril now serves as a Senior Fellow at Media Justice. Read more.
Nikole Hannah-Jones is a MacArthur Genius for “reshaping national conversations around education reform.” This is but one honor in a growing list: She is the creator of the New York Times Magazine’s “The 1619 Project,” about the history and lasting legacy of American slavery, for which her powerful introductory essay was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for commentary. She’s also won a Peabody, two George Polk awards, and the National Magazine Awards three times. Read more.