Leading Equity Initiatives

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Cliff Jones, Senior Consultant
Nonprofit Association of Oregon

María Lisa Johnson, Consulting Director
Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Continental Breakfast & Networking at 8:00
Presentation at 8:30

Rapid demographic changes and a growing emphasis on structural inequities have impacted the way in which nonprofits position and organize to remain effective and relevant within the communities they serve. Has your organization launched an equity initiative? Do you have a plan to help guide decisions and practice around issues of equity and inclusion? Was your initiative articulated, yet never implemented?

This session of the Equity and Inclusion Leaders Network will build on past presentations to help you assess what you need to move forward. We’ll discuss:

  • Strategies for developing and implementing an equity initiative
  • Leadership and structure required to support further equity and inclusion
  • Sample assessments to evaluate your organization’s progress
  • Successes and challenges experienced by partner organizations

Equity initiatives are important because they create a shared vision and organize people around a common approach. If initiatives are accompanied by an organizational plan, they provide a means to identify needed resources, assess policy and practice, and measure progress. Whether you are currently engaged in an organizational equity initiative, or this is your first effort, we’ll provide you with tools to assess the approach that will work best for your organization, and you will have an opportunity to learn from other nonprofit leaders engaged in this work.

About the Presenters

Cliff Jones is a human rights activist with over 30 years’ experience in social services, community education, and human rights advocacy. He has experience as a frontline staff, supervisor, project manager, and executive director. He is co-founder of Tools for Diversity, a comprehensive curriculum led by a multi-cultural team that addresses problems caused by discrimination and prejudice and supports building culturally competent organizations.

Cliff has served on the Boards of McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, Funding Exchange Foundation, Oregon Minority AIDS Coalition, Multnomah Legal Service Workers Union, and Peer Counseling Community. He has been a trainer for the Black Leadership and Community Development Institute and is a recipient of Nordstrom’s Cultural Diversity Community Service Award.

María Lisa Johnson has worked with public and nonprofit organizations on a wide range of issues affecting community well-being for over 20 years. She offers an array of consulting and coaching services to help build nonprofit capacity and develop nonprofit leaders, and is available to provide bi-lingual (Spanish/English) facilitation and training. María Lisa also manages NAO’s consulting team and grant-funded cohort projects designed to increase nonprofit effectiveness and build leadership skills through peer learning communities.

About the Network

Most nonprofit leaders want to create inclusive work environments, address social and economic disparities, and engage diverse communities in their programing, yet the path to achieve greater equity is not always clear, and the work can be isolating. Equity and Inclusion Leaders Network brings nonprofit leaders together to share best practices, connect among peers, and engage in deeper learning with thought leaders and practitioners in the field of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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We encourage organizations and individuals to attend the entire series by purchasing a season pass. Season pass holders save up to $40 off of the individual session registration fees and are pre-registered for all five network sessions.

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December 12th, 2013 8:00 AM   through   10:00 AM
Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
United States
NAO Members $ 22.50
Nonmembers $ 25.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
Topic Cross-Cultural Effectiveness and Human Resources
Presenter Cliff Jones & Maria Lisa Johnson
Event Region Metropolitan Portland

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