Building a Race Equity Culture: Transforming Your Organizational Culture beyond Diversity and Inclusion toward Race Equity
Participants will engage in facilitated conversations on the role that leaders play in driving action within their organizations. New research from Equity in the Center will be shared in an interactive forum to promote peer learning and empower participants to move from intention to action as they address the adaptive challenge of shifting organizational culture toward inclusion and equity. To conclude, participants will define actionable next steps for progress and report out to the larger group.

Presenter: Monisha Kapila, Founder and CEO, ProInspire


Addressing the Elephants: Giant and Courageous Steps to Advance Equity and Inclusion
This session will highlight SaintA’s equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) work to date. With the plight that reverberates throughout our organizations and the community at large, proactive approaches are vital to ensure organizational health and success. SaintA is committed to equitable and inclusive practices. The organization demonstrates these practices within our processes and with clients, staff, and community in intentional ways. Presenters from each of SaintA’s EDI areas will detail the process of aligning the work of their diversity committee, historical trauma workgroup and affinity groups under the umbrella of equity. The presenters will also answer questions to aid participants in advancing EDI work within their organizations.

Presenters: Ann Leinfelder Grove, president and CEO; Kanisha Phelps, staff development supervisor; Marsades Porter, child welfare supervisor; Penny Liddell, family services supervisor; Zachery Holler, child welfare ongoing case manager; Monika Walberg, child welfare ongoing case manager; and Kenyatta Sinclair, vice president of equity and talent development; SaintA.


 Case Studies in Creating an Equitable Workforce
This session will feature a frank discussion on how leaders of community centers and nonprofit organizations need to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to achieve a more diverse and equitable workforce and talent pipeline by changing organizational culture. The diversity of leaders at all levels of an organization promotes success, enhances programmatic outcomes, and ensures organizational leadership is truly reflective of respective communities being served. By addressing the barriers surrounding an organization's capacity to develop an equitable pipeline, community centers and nonprofits can increase its awareness and preparedness for taking next steps.

Presenter: Undraye Howard, Senior Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Engagement, Alliance for Strong Families and Communities


Confronting the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap
The nonprofit sector is experiencing a racial leadership gap. This workshop will examine the causes of this disparity. The first part of the workshop will present the results of the Race to Lead survey of over 4,000 nonprofit staffers that found people of color had the same education and training as white respondents; however, most respondents across race identified systemic barriers and biases preventing people of color from advancing into leadership roles. This workshop will present a framework for how to think about organizational change to move forward.

Presenter: Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director, Building Movement Project


Working with the Board and CEO Selection
This session focus on the relationship between the board and the CEO as critical stakeholders in advancing equity in organizations. Both must be committed to growth in equity, diversity, and inclusion to create sustained change, especially in the selection of new CEOs. Participants will hear multiple perspectives on this issue including those involved in CEO searches and board members who are working on equity and diversity for their organizations.

Presenters: Andres Gonzales, vice president, chief diversity officer, Froedert and board member, American Heart Association; Ralph Hollman, CEO, Urban League (retired) and board president, America’s Black Holocaust Museum; Mindy Lubar Price, president and CEO, Leading Transitions; and Tony Shields, president and CEO, Wisconsin Philanthropy Network


Trauma-Informed Care and Bias in the Talent Pipeline
This session will focus on how trauma-informed practices intersect with implicit bias and the talent pipeline. Learn what supervisors, hiring managers, and others need to think about as they embed both equity, diversity, and inclusion principles and trauma-informed care into their work.