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A shared mission to connect with others in a journey of unlearning, uncovering bias, and meaningful anti-racist action.

About Lunch + Unlearn

Jess, a White woman, and Bry, a Black woman have created unique offerings in the DEI space. Bry’s company, 1619 Consulting LLC, focuses on three pillars to achieve a racially equitable workplace: knowledge, introspection and action. Headed by Jess, Just Pursuits focuses on three stages of change: Collective conversation, collective action and collective impact. 

Together, we have created Lunch + Unlearn, a brave space to investigate the hidden systems that have shaped our views and perpetuated oppression. 

Focused on discussions around Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with an intersectional approach – and a specific focus on race equity – we dig into the facts and feelings around these complex topics. We explore our understanding, and the experiences related to the intersectionality of race and… LBGTQIA+, sexism, ageism, ableism, and classism. Drawing from our lived experiences, we may not always see things the same way but we’re committed to honesty, openness and unlearning all that living in a racialized country has taught us.

Connect with Lunch + Unlearn

  • In-person training workshops
  • Podcast
  • Pre-recorded training series (coming soon)
Bryana Clover

Bryana Clover

Co-Founder

For over a decade, Bryana Clover collaborated and managed cross-functional dialogue in animal health and nutrition. 

As a bi- racial woman with a Black identity, Bry has built 1619 Consulting, creating brave spaces to have tough conversations about race in the workplace.

Bryana holds a BA in Marketing from Michigan State University, as well as Master level certificate work in Anti- racism in Urban Education.

Jessica Petty

Jessica Petty, EdD

Co-Founder

Dr. Jessica Petty has more than two decades of experience contributing to the growth of people and business and is the founder of Just Pursuits, an inclusion collective focused on gender equality.

Jessica holds a Doctorate in Leadership, with a focus on diversity, equity, & inclusion, a Masters in Global Leadership, and is Collective Impact Certified in facilitating conversations on DEI, implementing equity frameworks, creating systemic change, and crucial conversations in the workplace. 

She also currently serves as the CEO of Retrieving Independence, a service dog organization working within prison systems to impact inmate rehabilitation through the love and dignity of a positive assistance dog training program.

Our Mission

Activating a modern approach to DEI learning for justice-focused communities.

Our Vision

We believe in the power of education to challenge inequality at all intersections, creating empathy and shared power for a more just society.

We Value

  • Lifelong learning
  • Brave conversations
  • Authenticity even when it costs us something