Co-hosted by Helene and Micah

Author Heather McGhee’s book, the New York Times Bestseller The Sum of Us, breaks open the conversation about race in this country. Listen to her describe her journey towards this current work, how early American history ripples through our daily lives, how racism has impacted, divided and harmed all of us, and why we can still remain hopeful that change is possible.

GWI is thrilled to host a sold-out author talk and Q&A with Heather at Rough Draft on Thursday 10/12/23: event info here.

Heather McGhee is a tremendously influential voice on the economy and race in America. Her work, and most recently her book The Sum of Us, has sparked a vigorous national conversation. Her opinions, writing, and research have appeared in numerous outlets, including appearances on NBC’s Meet the Press and MSNBC’s Morning Joe, in the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Politico and on National Public Radio. She currently serves as a Visiting Lecturer in Urban Studies at the City University of New York’s School of Labor and Urban Studies. She has also held visiting positions at Yale University and the University of Chicago. She is the Chair of the Board of Color of Change, the country’s largest online racial justice organization, and serves on multiple other boards. To learn more, visit