EDI Roundtables for Nonprofit Executives


EDI Roundtable for Nonprofit Executives: Brave Spaces for Bold Action


Brave Spaces for Bold Action

February 14 - March 13, 2024
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM

The EDI Roundtables for Nonprofit Executives is a five-part, interactive series for nonprofit leaders to generate ideas, actions, and practical strategies they can implement within their organizations to recognize and eliminate systemic barriers and practices. Looking through the lens of five essential nonprofit management practices rooted in the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits' Principles & Practices: Best Practices for North Carolina Nonprofits guide, and building on our Walking the Talk initiative, this series provides a brave space for courageous and meaningful dialogue that addresses the nonprofit sector’s racial leadership gap and the policies, practices, and organizational cultures in nonprofits that exacerbate these gaps.

Each weekly 90-minute session will have:  

  • A virtual lunch & learn format from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Facilitators with expertise on the topic, who will provide training, tools, and insights, then facilitate Q&A and breakout discussions among participants

Who should attend: 

  • Executive Directors, CEOs 
  • Senior Level Staff
  • Staff Directors (HR, program, finance, development, communications)


Registration for EDI Roundtables:

 $150 for Center Members, $200 for All Others
Register two or more members of your staff and board and use code EDITEAM25 to save 25%.

If the registration fee is a barrier to attend, please contact us.

Please take note of our new payment and refund policies.


Special thanks to Wells Fargo and City of Raleigh Office of Strategy and Innovation for sponsoring the 2024 EDI Roundtables for Nonprofit Executives.


FEBRUARY 14 – EDI Visioning in the Nonprofit Sector

Facilitators: Sylvia Willie Burgess, PhD, Senior Partner, One Step at a Time Consulting; Dr. Pamela Palmer, Nonprofit Educator, Facilitator, Consultant, and Coach

Participants will delve into the questions we should be asking ourselves as we envision an equitable nonprofit sector: Who are our stakeholders and how will they benefit from EDI initiatives both individually and collectively? How will we integrate EDI principles in all aspects of our organizations and communities? How long before we see and feel change?


FEBRUARY 21 – Board Governance

Facilitators: Dawn Chávez, Executive Director, Environmental Leadership Program; Samantha Nevins, Executive Director, Disability Rights & Resources

Corporate and nonprofit board members have an important role in building an inclusive environment that drives performance and financial results. Participants will explore why your board should care about inclusion, how your business strategy can reflect inclusion, and existing enablers and barriers to creating an inclusive culture.


FEBRUARY 28 – Human Resources

Facilitators: Dr. Stephanie Cooper-Lewter, Executive Vice President, Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust; Niconda Garcia, Program Consultant, WNC Nonprofit Pathways; Barbara Jessie-Black, President & CEO, CommunityWorx

Participants will discuss how race and gender affect staff turnover, how to attract and retain diverse talent, increase diversity in leadership roles, and create an inclusive work environment at your organization.


MARCH 6 – Fundraising & Strategic Planning

Facilitators: Sabrina Brooks, Vice President, Cape Fear Valley Health Foundation; Lorna Ricotta, Former Nonprofit Executive Director and University Administrator

Participants will develop a shared organizational vision and intentional marketing plan, and connect your EDI strategies to your fundraising impact.


MARCH 13 – Partnerships & Collaboration

Facilitators: Beth Bordeaux, Founder & Co-Owner, Partners for Impact; Ivania Gutiérrez, Executive Director, Connecting Community and Consultant, Partners for Impact

Participants will develop a shared language to discuss racial inequality, learn how to work with influencers and decision makers to address structural biases, create intentional systems of support, and identify necessary resources inside and outside of your organization.


Learn more about how equity work is transforming North Carolina's nonprofit sector.