It's time we come together in-person for more
Courageous Conversation & Connection

September 15 - 18, 2023
Washington DC
Justin Nai'im Hurdle-Price and Dr. Lynne Maureen Hurdle
Don’t Miss Our Very First Live In-Person Conference for OTMR
Join Dr. Lynne Maureen Hurdle, Justin Nai’im Hurdle-Price and special guest speakers for our three-and-a-half day journey of powerful and meaningful teaching, conversations, gatherings and an incredible excursion; all meant to expand the OTMR six-month journey experience.
Let's Connect, Learn, Heal & Take Action Together
This Is An Opportunity...
to meet other OTMR folks who have made the commitment to learn and do something about racism in the United States. You will learn from guest speakers including some of our very own OTMR participants.

What better place than Washington DC, a pivotal place in this country’s history on racism, to come together and build on the work that you have already been doing?
Some of the topics you will learn more about:
  • Racism and Health Inequities
  • Mental Health and Activism
  • Having Difficult Conversations on Racism with Family, Friends and Co-Workers
  • Racism In the Workplace - Problems and Progress
  • The Work of Moving From Ally to Comrade
  • Historical Racism and the African American Community
  • Historical Racism and the Native American Community
  • How to Act With Purpose
  • Racism and What Resides Within You - The Deeper Work
  • To Be Young and Black in America
Your Experience Includes:
  • Access to all of the powerful speaker sessions
  • Guided Tour of the famous Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture with a facilitated debriefing on-site
  • Restaurant Dinner together after the Museum
  • Breakfast every morning
  • Gathering together with other OTMR family members
  • Closing Ceremonial Circle
  • A Thank You for Your Commitment goodie bag
  • Access to a Facebook Group specifically for conference attendees
 Conference Agenda 
Thursday, September 14

Friday, September 15
9am - Breakfast/Registration/Photos
10am - Opening Session
1pm - Lunch On Your Own
2:30pm - Afternoon Session
6pm - Closing For The Day

Saturday, September 16
9am - Breakfast
10am - Speakers
1pm - Lunch On Your Own
2:30pm - Afternoon Speakers
6pm - Closing For The Day

Sunday, September 17
9am - Breakfast
10am - Excursion to Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and CultureTour, Debriefing, Lunch on Your Own at Museum
4pm - Return to Hotel
6:30pm - Dinner At a Restaurant Together On Us

Monday September 18
9am - Breakfast
10am - Closing Session
12pm - Goodbyes, Hugs
Meet Our Amazing Speakers
Linda D. Harris
Linda is a performer, singer/songwriter and Director of Events and Programs at the Harriet Tubman Museum and Education Center in Cambridge, Md. Over the past 3 years, she has led walking tours along the underground railroad and freedom trails from Cambridge to Philadelphia, Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, Money to the Tallahatchie River, Miss., and the Combahee River Trail in South Carolina.

As part of living history programs, she and David B. Cole sing and engage groups in songs along the Underground Railroad on walking tours. The musical tours have gained such popularity that a production of “Songs of Freedom” was first performed for an audience at the Tubman Museum for African American History Month in 2022. Since then, the production has traveled to Kennett Square, Pa, Cleveland, Oh, Lewes, Del, Washington, D.C., Alexandria, Vienna, Wheaton, Maryland at Brookside Manor for “Maryland Emancipation Day”. The production was so well received at the 200th Anniversary Celebration sponsored by the National Park Service – Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, that it will be reprised and filmed this summer for the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH). Ms. Harris performed the code songs at the Music em Rhein Festival in Bonn, Germany. And has performed as a jazz musician in France, Sweden, Panama, Italy, Croatia, Montenegro, Germany, New Orleans, Florida, and South Carolina.
David B. Cole
David is a composer, writer, arranger, performer, educator and also guitar instructor at the Duke Ellington School of Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. His 50-year musical biography spans the genres of Blues, Jazz, R&B, and Rock n Roll. He has performed the world with top names including Roberta Flack, Regina Bell, Archie Bell, Percy Sledge and the Delfonics in Japan, Canada, Paraguay, India, and throughout the Caribbean and the U.S. He has performed in musical productions at the Arena Stage, Kennedy Center, Metro Stage, and Signature Theaters.

He is the leader of David B. Cole and Mainstreet Blues formed in 2004. Mainstreet Blues performs a variety of genres through the mid-Atlantic states. He formed a collaboration with Linda Harris in 2022 to develop “Songs of Freedom”, a musical
production and narration of songs of the Underground Railroad. The ensemble comprised of a percussionist, banjo player, bassist, harmonica player and vocalist deliver the songs in afro-centric rhythm that conjure the spirit of the ancestors. The production has been performed in Pa, Md, D.C., Delaware, Ohio and Virginia.

Their 2022 CD – entitled – “I Got Shoes” is nominated for a Wammie, 2023 award in the County/Americana category for Best Album, Best Group and Best Song.
Tara Risser
Racism In the Workplace: Problems and Progress
As a champion of community and belonging, Tara is deeply engaged in efforts both within her company and externally, including serving as a board member for Shadhika, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to gender equality in India.
Kevin Thames
Racism In the Workplace: Problems and Progress
In support of key company initiatives, Kevin co-founded and leads Equinix BlackConnect whose mission is to increase Equinix’s inclusion, innovation and impact by expanding, empowering and elevating black employees and their allies around the globe.
Dr. Linda Lausell-Bryant
Racism and Mental Health
Dr. Linda Lausell-Bryant is devoted to developing the leadership capacities of social workers to spark change at the intersection of race, ethnicity, and social justice. In 2020, she co-developed and implemented a Faculty Antiracism Training to strengthen skill in antiracist pedagogy, inclusive teaching and mentoring for all NYU Silver faculty.
Justin Nai'im Hurdle-Price
To Be Young and Black In America
Justin started facilitating conflict resolution workshops for young people and adults at the age of 10. He has co-facilitated workshops in schools and for non-profits and at national conflict resolution conferences all over the country. He worked as a trainer coach for youth from all different backgrounds, helped design workshops for parents, teachers and young people.
Dr. Lynne Maureen Hurdle
Why We Can't Wait: We Must Act Now!

Dr. Lynne is a communication expert and conflict resolution strategist, diversity, equity and inclusion facilitator, speaker, and leadership coach with over 40 years of experience in blending the connection between communication, conflict and culture into my unique style of engagement for leaders.

She is the author of the best seller, Closing Conflict for Leaders: How to Be a Bold Leader and Develop a Kick-Ass, High-Functioning, Happy AF Team.

At an Iconic, Historic American Venue
Event Location and Accommodations:
Hilton Washington DC National Mall The Wharf
480 L'Enfant Plaza
Washington, DC 20024
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*Hotel stay is not included in your conference ticket price.
We have secured a great price for your hotel room of $259.00 per night!
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