William “Bill” White, III is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at UC Berkeley where he specializes in historical archaeology of the African Diaspora, historic preservation, and community-based research. Born in Boise, Idaho, he completed his Bachelor’s in anthropology at Boise State University in 2001 and an anthropology Master’s at the University of Idaho in 2005. For over a decade, Bill worked for environmental companies that took him to archaeology sites across the American West. He started working in academia while attending the University of Arizona where he worked for the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) as an anthropological archaeologist, graduating with a PhD in 2017. As a founding member of the Society of Black Archaeologists, Bill’s archaeological work seeks to increase diversity in archaeology and help train the next generation of professional archaeologists. He also employs local youth from underserved groups, specifically African American communities and Native American tribes, in local archaeology projects. Bill currently resides in Hercules, California where he has a comfortable life with his wife and two children. His keynote speech for the Utah Professional Archaeological Council’s 2021 Meeting draws upon his own personal experience and shows some of the ways unconventional personal qualities like tenacity play in an archaeologist’s professional career.