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Anti-racism in my pocket: mobilizing women, technology and privilege to support systemic equity

Sonya A. Grier (Kogod School of Business, American University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)
Bea V. Porter (Department of Anthropology, American University, Washington, District of Columbia, USA)

Publication date: 12 September 2023


Social implications

The “Anti-Racism in my Pocket” case illustrates how collaborative entrepreneurial leadership can build on personal experiences, expertise and a desire to change the status quo to support racial equity. The case will support students’ critical thinking skills and further heighten their understanding of the contributions of women in leadership, anti-racism and the role of technology. Moreover, the case is motivating for students with aspirations of using business skills and knowledge to contribute to social equity.

Learning outcomes

After completing this case, students should be able to identify the role of marketing in the development, implementation and evaluation of a behavior change initiative, the Anti-Racism Action Nuggets anti-racism training program; analyze qualitative and quantitative data to assess the impact of the Anti-Racism Action Nuggets Pilot using a logic model; identify marketing opportunities, challenges and strategies to scale the Anti-Racism Action Nuggets series for a broader impact; and discuss the relationship of gender in strategic positioning and marketing leadership to the development of the Anti-Racism Action Nuggets (Optional).

Case overview/synopsis

This case charts the development of an anti-racism training series by two friends, Allison Plyer (she/her) and Valerie (Val) Uccellani (she/her), called Anti-Racism Action Nuggets. The two protagonists aimed to change individual behaviors to reduce structural racism through lessons that were delivered in text messages to participants. Once the course is completed, they conduct a test pilot with members of NOW, LOVE, a women’s organization in New Orleans, Louisiana. At the end of the case, students are provided with the qualitative and quantitative pilot data for their analysis to recommend next steps and important marketing considerations for the Anti-Racism Action Nuggets series.

Complexity academic level

Undergraduate, graduate and executive education

Supplementary materials

Teaching notes are available for educators only.

Subject code

CCS 8: Marketing



Since the acceptance of this article, Bea Porter has updated her affiliations to: The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Washington, District of Columbia, USA.


Grier, S.A. and Porter, B.V. (2023), "Anti-racism in my pocket: mobilizing women, technology and privilege to support systemic equity", .



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