Sept. 22 from 2-3:30 p.m. CT

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Webinar Description

The newly formed Alliance-COA Black Women in Leadership Affinity Group invites leaders of all races and genders to its inaugural keynote and follow-up discussion with Deanna Singh, founder and CEO of Flying Elephant.

Deanna Singh will lead participants in a dynamic discussion of self-discovery through the lens of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI). Join the Black Women in Leadership Affinity Group and fellow leaders as we work together to envision ways to co-create opportunities that bond us and use our collective power to navigate and shift systems to be inclusive and equitable.

Learn more about Deanna Singh and her journey to “purposeful hustle.”  

About the Black Women in Leadership Affinity Group
This public webinar is hosted by the Black Women in Leadership Affinity Group. This group is exclusively for Black women who are emerging or senior leaders in the Alliance-COA network and are looking to deepen their leadership skills and EDI knowledge. According to its purpose statement: We are a courageous group of Black woman leaders who support one another to nurture and live our power, bolster engagement in personal and professional development, and leverage our network to be a catalyst for positive change in our communities. Given the impact of historical and existing structural racism that we must surmount, the affinity group aims to engage authentically, bringing our talent and vulnerability together to transcend societal norms. 

About the New Affinity Groups
Alliance COA is launching new affinity groups to help leaders learn and practice the principles and habits of EDI-focused adaptive leadership through trainings, conversations, topical education, tools, and other resources. These groups support leaders with shared cultural backgrounds as they build relationships, develop professional networks, and engage in training. Current groups include:

Through the work of the affinity groups, emerging and senior leaders will develop solutions and address barriers that keep persons of color from advancing at rates equal to their counterparts. Leaders will have access to trainings that include adaptive leadership, psychological safety, and rEvolutionary leadership. Leaders will also receive mentoring from EDI cohort leaders.

These four affinity groups are offered through Leadership through Affinity Groups, a grant-supported inaugural project, but they are just the beginning. We recognize that there are marginalized groups not represented here and we hope to expand to other racial, ethnic, or cultural backgrounds, including, but not limited to, LGBTQ+, those with disabilities, and others.

Interested in forming a new leadership affinity group? Please contact Deb Smith  of Alliance-COA to learn more. 

What You'll Take Away

  • Self-care strategies that improve personal and professional strengths and build resilience via an EDI lens
  • How self-care methods and behaviors can transfer into community care
  • Address barriers and develop solutions to supporting and advancing women of color in leadership roles
  • Concepts of EDI that include psychological safety and implicit bias training

Who Should Join

Leaders of all races and genders are encouraged to join.

  • Emerging and senior leaders
  • Managers and supervisors
  • Directors
  • Executives


Deanna Singh
President and Founder
Flying Elephant

Deanna Singh wants to live in a world where marginalized communities have power. As an expert social entrepreneur, she is obsessed with making the world a better place, and she will build or break systems to create positive change. While tackling complex social challenges, Singh gives audiences the tools and courage to imagine, activate, and impact the world as agents of change. She is described as a trailblazer and dynamic speaker who is at the forefront of social change. She is an accomplished author, educator, business leader, podcaster, and social justice champion!

Singh earned her bachelor's in urban studies from Fordham University, a law degree from Georgetown University, and a master’s in business administration from the University of Wisconsin. She has been recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the community’s most influential 40 Under 40 Leaders, the State of Wisconsin as a Women Who Inspires, and by Forbes as an African American Woman Everyone Should Know.