"While we were able to achieve a good balance of women and men in our participants, several of the panelists we invited who would have added to the diversity had scheduling conflicts and weren't able to join us," the global communications leader of Woods Bagot wrote to me.
It was a sly kind of self-congratulations for not hosting an all-male panel, as well as a deflection from the fact that in a city that's only 26 percent white, those are the only people you could find. The architectural profession is so embarrassing sometimes.
My advice: try harder next time. Also, white panelists, don't participate in all-white panels. Suggest the inclusion of relevant speakers of color. If you don't know any, ask yourself why. Read about it at Dezeen.