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Leadership Lab Series: Building a Culture of Inclusive Leadership

September 10, 2019 @ 9:00 AM12:00 PM EDT

Leadership Lab Series
About the Leadership Labs

The Nonprofit Leadership Lab series is designed to help you elevate your workplace practice and grow your capacity for strong, adaptive leadership. This higher-level training program will prepare nonprofit practitioners of every background to build dynamic, collaborative organizations for change.

In each session of this three-part series, presented in partnership with Grand Valley State University’s Inclusion and Equity Institute, you’ll build on the work you’ve done inside and outside the classroom, exploring advanced concepts and models for engaging in nonprofit work. Because each Leadership Lab course is designed as one curriculum segmented into three workshops, attendees are required to register for the complete series.

Building a Culture of Inclusive Leadership: A 3-Part Series

Logo: Grand Valley State University Inclusion and Equity InstituteMEETING DATES:
Tuesday, September 10  –  9 a.m. to noon
Tuesday, October 8 –  9 a.m. to noon
Thursday, November 14  –  9 a.m. to noon

Photo: Marlene Kowalski-Braun

Kowalski-Braun, Ph.D.

Grand Valley State University Inclusion and Equity Institute
Photo: Juan R. Olivarez, Ph.D.

Juan Olivarez, Ph.D.
Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Photo: Tamela Spicer

Tamela Spicer, M.A.
Johnson Center for Philanthropy
Photo: Relando Thompkins-Jones

Thompkins-Jones, M.S.W.

Grand Valley State University Inclusion and Equity Institute

$149 for the series when you register by August 15.
After August 15, the price increases to $179 per person.

Registrants are expected to attend all three sessions. Deadline to register is Thursday, September 5.

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Download your parking pass for Session One (9/10/19).

Session One: Moving Beyond Diversity

Tuesday, September 10 – 9 a.m. to noon

According to the 2017 Race to Lead report, people of color still represent less than 20% of leaders in the nonprofit sector. That’s despite changing demographics in our country and a growing number of programs designed to diversify philanthropy.

Still, race and ethnicity are just two aspects of diversity. What about age, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, differing abilities, or any number of differences that may show up in our organizations?

The sector needs to change the narrative on questions of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Nonprofits need new tools and strategies that will help them effectively address DEI in their organizations and programs. But what does “diversity” really mean? How does it differ from “inclusion” and “equity”? And how do we ensure that our organizations incorporate all three?

In this session we will explore:

  • What diversity means for you and your organization
  • How your organizational culture and systems impact your diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts
  • How to recognize implicit bias and tips to move beyond it

Session Two: The Inclusive Boardroom

Tuesday, October 8 – 9 a.m. to noon

With barely 16% of nonprofit board members identifying as persons of color and only 17% of board members under the age of 40, diversity in the boardroom is lacking. Research indicates that the challenges of a more diverse boardroom are largely related to inclusion practices. Authentic inclusion isn’t easy, but it is necessary work for effective governance.

Too many nonprofit organizations fall into the trap of tokenism in the boardroom, falling short of true diversity and inclusion.

This session will help you:

  • Evaluate your board development practices to move toward a deeper understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Navigate tough conversations that are likely to surface in the boardroom as you intentionally engage in building a culture of diversity and inclusion
  • Understand how implicit bias shows in policies, recruiting practices, and unwritten social cues

Session Three: Building an Inclusive Talent Pipeline

Thursday, November 14 – 9 a.m. to noon

The workplace is changing — and not just because of rapid advances in technology. A new generation of workers wants to work differently than their predecessors — and among each generation, individuals and groups of employees benefit from different learning and mentorship styles, professional development opportunities, and social environments.

Whether your organization is volunteer-driven or filled with paid staff, building both an intentional talent pipeline and an inclusive workplace that can help your whole team thrive is key to your sustainability. Developing a culture that truly reflects the community you work with and for can help your organization more deeply align mission and values.

In this session you will learn:

  • How to think strategically about developing your talent with an equity and inclusion lens
  • How to develop policies and internal practices that will build the DEI muscle for your organizations
  • How to create an inclusive, welcoming environment that respects, and even celebrates, differences

This series is generously supported by Plante Moran.


September 10, 2019
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT
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Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy, Grand Valley State University


Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy
201 Front Ave SW, Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49504 United States
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