Fire Speakers

FIRE: Fostering Intercultural Respect and Empowerment


Michael Fosberg

Chicago native Michael Fosberg has been working to create a national dialogue on race and identity since 2001 when he launched his one-man autobiographical play Incognito. The author-activist has used the unique presentation, along with engaging interactive training sessions and speeches, to embrace diversity in an effort to change corporate and organization cultures. He has been a frequent guest in the media speaking as an expert on race and identity issues. His travels have taken him across the country facilitating meaningful conversations at educational institutions, corporations, government agencies and military bases. His highly praised memoir; Incognito: An American Odyssey of Race and Self Discovery was published in 2011 and he is currently working on a second book about his efforts to provoke conversations about race over the past ten years. In addition he is crafting his revelatory life story into a screenplay as well as a dynamic E-Learning platform.

His work with organizations such as United Way Worldwide, the FBI, The Boeing Company and others, is reshaping the way organizations converse about race, identity, and diversity. He has formed a partnership with Diversity & Inclusion stalwart’s Prism International as a part of their Let’s Talk Series.

Rodney Glasgow

Rodney Glasgow is a noted speaker, facilitator, trainer and activist in the areas of diversity, equity, and social justice and has given a number of keynote presentations, delivered workshops, and offered consultation to schools and organizations nationwide. He was a member of Call-to-Action, the advisory board to the Vice President of Equity and Justice for the National Association of Independent Schools. He is an advisory board member for the Family Diversity Projects, Inc. and serves as co-chair of the Diversity and Education Committee of the Board of Trustees for Sheridan School in Washington, DC. He is one of the founding members and now Chair of the National Association of Independent School’s annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference, a 20 year-old training ground drawing over 1500 high school students nationwide. In 2014, Rodney launched the National Diversity Directors Institute, an intensive summer program for diversity practitioners. Rodney is a featured writer in the book Diversity in Independent Schools, and he wrote the prologue for the recently released One Teacher in Ten in the New Millennium: LGBT Educators Speak Out About What’s Gotten Better…And What Hasn’t. Rodney received the 2008 People of Courage Award from the City of Worcester for his work. In 2016, Rodney formed a consortium of independent school thinkers and consultants under The Glasgow Group.

Rodney is a graduate of Harvard University with a joint degree in Afro-American Studies and Psychology, holds a Master of Arts in Organization and Leadership from Columbia University, and is currently working on a Doctorate of Education in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University. Rodney is also an independent school alum, having graduated from Gilman School in his hometown of Baltimore, MD.