EDI Roundtables for Nonprofit Executives


EDI Roundtable for Nonprofit Executives: Brave Spaces for Bold Action


Brave Spaces for Bold Action

February 15 - March 15, 2023
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 that help identify 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 will provide a safe 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
  • Two 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, Directors (HR, program, finance, development, communications) 
  • Board Chairs

Registration is now closed.

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Special thanks to Wells Fargo and Bank of America for sponsoring the EDI Roundtables for Nonprofit Executives.


FEBRUARY 15 – Visioning in the Nonprofit Sector

Facilitators: Barbara Jessie-Black, President/CEO, CommunityWorx; Sabrina Slade, Director of Racial Equity and Advocacy, John Rex Endowment

In this session, 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 22 – Board Governance

Facilitators: Ivan Canada, Executive Director, NCCJ; Matt Leatherman, Board Chair, John Rex Endowment

Corporate and nonprofit board members have an important role in building an inclusive environment that drives performance and financial results. In this session, 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.


MARCH 1 – Human Resources

Facilitators: Pia Hill Foard, Senior Vice President, People, BetterLesson; Shawn Maxwell, Founder and Principal, 5G Consulting, LLC

In this session, 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 8 – Fundraising & Strategic Planning

Facilitators: Kathryn Gamble, Vice President, Gail Perry Group; Darryl Lester, Senior Advisor, Armstrong McGuire

In this session, participants will develop a shared organizational vision and intentional marketing plan, and connect your EDI strategies to your fundraising impact.


MARCH 15 – Partnerships & Collaboration

Facilitators: Calvin Allen, Senior Program Director, MDC; Tatia Ash, Capacity Builder, Resourceful Communities, The Conservation Fund

In this session, 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.


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