Published March 10, 2021

In its fourth consecutive year, CFA Institute adapts its partnership with the Virginia Festival of the Book by recognizing the opportunity of the Festival’s virtual platform to bring programming focused on advancing diversity and inclusion to a broader audience. For the first time, this audience includes their global staff and stakeholders, as well as the Charlottesville community where they are headquartered. 

The partnership began as CFA Institute recognized that the Festival aligned with their culture of learning among staff on topics of inclusion. This takes the form of reading and discussion as a path toward awareness, skill building, and behavior change.

CFA Institute has an ongoing commitment to inclusion which paved the way for the Festival to welcome artist, author, and consultant Dr. Tiffany Jana to this year’s event. Jana shares, “I’m delighted to speak at the Virginia Festival of the Book. Charlottesville is a special place for my family going back generations. I’ve been honored to participate in supporting inclusion in the region from the protection of natural resources to family services and university lectures. I’m humbled to have my book recognized at this esteemed event.”

“We take a strategic approach to learning and professional growth that is based on developing awareness to then building skills that change behavior. In the interest of community, we partnered with the Festival of the Book to bring this book to the Festival’s network and CFA Institute.”

Mike Murphy, Inclusion & Community Programs, CFA Institute

During the Festival, Jana will discuss their work and newest book, Subtle Acts of Exclusion: How to Understand, Identify, and Stop Microaggressions, a practical handbook that helps individuals and organizations recognize and prevent microaggressions so that all employees and members can feel a sense of belonging. CFA has been using this book to lead their own robust conversations and is eager to highlight this resource for the public.

“Through the encouragement of CFA Institute, the Festival has the opportunity to offer a conversation that numerous organizations and individuals in the community have sought, a substantive step in their efforts in support of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and in moving further down the training path of anti-racism. We’ve heard that they see this book and conversation as an important addition to internal DEI training. I am immensely proud that we can feature this discussion.”

Jane Kulow, director of the Virginia Festival of the Book 

Since the Festival announced this event last month, it’s clear this topic and Jana’s practical approach resonates with many. Kaki Dimock, Director of Human Services for the City of Charlottesville who will be in conversation with Jana, “I am very much looking forward to talking with Dr. Tiffany Jana this month. I have so many questions about their thoughts on Subtle Acts of Exclusion, the title of their recent book, and what it means to pursue a goal beyond diversity or representation—a goal like belonging.” 

Learn more and register to join us on March 15 at 12 PM ET for Acts of Exclusion: A Conversation with Tiffany Jana

About CFA Institute: 

CFA Institute is the global association of investment professionals that sets the standard for professional excellence and credentials. The organization is a champion of ethical behavior in investment markets and a respected source of knowledge in the global financial community. We aim to create an environment where investors’ interests come first, markets function at their best, and economies grow. There are more than 160,000 CFA charterholders worldwide in 164 markets. CFA Institute has nine offices worldwide, and there are 161 local member societies. For more information, visit or follow us on Twitter at @CFAInstitute and

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