Equity & Power: A Renaissance of America's Institutions
In 2019, James French, a descendant of enslaved people, banker, and international fintech entrepreneur, led a successful four-year power-sharing revolution at The Montpelier Foundation. As Chairman (2022-2023), he established equal co-stewardship between the board and descendants of enslaved Africans, marking a first for US institutions and museums. This globally praised model of structural parity at Montpelier, the former home of James Madison, has the potential to shape the future of American institutions, redefining power and equity from museums to corporate boardrooms to AI.
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