Executive Leadership Cohort: Building Equity & Anti-Racist Change Agents

Executive Leadership Cohort

May 3, 10, 17 & June 7, 21, 28
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM EST

There are many inequities present in our nonprofit organizations and the nonprofit sector. The Executive Leadership Cohort: Building Equity & Anti-Racist Change Agents is designed to help build a group of leaders focused on anti-racist accountability and action.

The cohort will consist of an equal number of white participants and participants of color who will learn from each other and equity and leadership facilitators, Deanna Rolffs and Noele Stith, through panel presentations and guided conversations over six virtual sessions. As a whole group and within affinity groups and small groups, participants will examine and unlearn our unconscious biases, develop actionable strategies to interrupt racism, and strengthen anti-racist behaviors and practices in our work and community spaces.

This cohort is for you if: 

  • You have taken diversity, inclusion, and equity training and have begun your own personal work around race, anti-racism, white privilege, equity, etc.; and  
  • You can commit to all six sessions.  

Enrollment is limited to 20 individuals: 10 BILPOC and 10 white

Registration is now closed.

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Special thanks to Google whose sponsorship allows affordable registration for the Executive Leadership Cohort.

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About the Facilitators

Deanna Rolffs, Design Group InternationalDeanna Rolffs (she/they) is a strategist, facilitator, coach, systems thinker, and consultant that has worked with executive leaders and teams for more than twenty years, the last ten focused on the intersection of organizational theory, leadership development, justice, and equity. Their process consulting approach focuses on organizational transformation via thriving teams, brave leadership, equitable systems, and inclusive communities. With a personal and professional dedication to justice and equity, she supports leadership and teams of all sizes, in all sectors. Deanna served as a senior consultant with Design Group International since 2018 and became a senior design partner in 2021.

Deanna has facilitated at dozens of conferences nationally and locally and engaged hundreds of groups on topics including leading for equity, anti-racism, white consciousness, anti-white supremacy, systemic oppression, implicit bias, strategic and operational planning, and more. She has facilitated and served on leadership boards and teams to guide strategic direction, service delivery, staff development, and stakeholder engagement.

Deanna is dedicated to supporting teams, especially those with privilege, to do personal and collective work to develop, implement, and evaluate cultural, social justice, and racial equity commitments to grow and ensure a deeply inclusive environment.


Noele Stith, Design Group InternationalNoele Stith is a senior design partner with Design Group International, and holds over twenty years of working in executive leadership roles in business, entrepreneurship, leadership development, urban ministry, and education. She is a detail-oriented creative thinker that utilizes her strengths in operations, process design, and emotional intelligence to understand a leader’s vision to help align systems and human complexity to develop goals, processes, and procedures that produce healthy and scalable outcomes. She has a vast background of leading teams and public speaking. She has facilitated dozens of conferences nationally and locally on topics such as community development, youth and women empowerment, wellness, equity and inclusion, cultural competency, mental health, business development, community engagement, education, ministry, and leadership development.

Noele’s passion for healthy communities is the purpose which inspires her to develop spaces for observing, listening, mindset development, and interdependence opportunities that allows leaders, staff, and the business to increase productivity, innovation, and community impact. She earns her influence by noticing the details, and carefully measuring outcomes. 

Learn more about the Center’s commitment to anti-racist work.