Author and filmmaker Kao Kalia Yang to speak at T1W 2021

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Toward One Wisconsin Conference
Conference Theme: Breaking Barriers, Building Bridges
October 12-13, 2021
The Lismore Hotel
Eau Claire, WI

We are thrilled to announce that Kao Kalia Yang will be one of the plenary speakers at Toward One Wisconsin 2021.


Yang is a Hmong-American author, filmmaker, teacher, and co-founder of Words Wanted, a company dedicated to helping immigrants with writing, translation, and business services.

Yang’s first book, “The Latehomecomer: A Hmong Family Memoir,” details her family’s move from the Ban Vinai Refugee Camp to Minnesota in 1987. “The Latehomecomer” was the winner of two Minnesota Book Awards, a finalist for the PEN USA Award, and was the first Hmong-authored book to gain national distribution from a literary press.

Her memoir, “The Song Poet: A Memoir of my Father,” was a finalist for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize, the National Book Critics Circle Award, the Chautauqua Prize, and the PEN USA Award.

About Toward One Wisconsin

T1W seeks to amass and coordinate knowledge in an unprecedented collaborative project that will draw on our collective commitment to prioritize the work of equity, diversity and inclusion throughout Wisconsin. For more details, including sponsorship opportunities and registration, visit


Present at Toward One Wisconsin

Do you have a passion for equity, diversity and inclusion? Do you want to share your expertise, experience, or research? Please consider presenting at the Toward One Wisconsin 2021 conference. We are seeking proposals that feature collaborative and innovative approaches, best practices, cutting edge research, and/or success stories that focus on our four conference tracks.

Track I: Increasing Opportunities for Inclusion in Wisconsin’s Workforce
Track II: Creating Inclusive Communities
Track III: Cultivating Equity in Education
Track IV: Building Health Equity in Wisconsin

For a guide on proposal submissions, click here.

Proposals will be accepted until May 15


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