What does equity and inclusion look like in the workplace when differences are not always obvious?
Join Connext for this virtual event, where five panelists from different for-profit and nonprofit backgrounds will dialogue around the “invisible” dimensions of workplace diversity, including neurodivergence, gender, ethnicity, and more. Panelists will share their experiences as it relates to professional development and work culture: how disclosing these not-as-obvious differences has helped or hindered their growth, their relationships with management, and their experiences of support and empowerment – not despite these nuances, but because of them.
This is a two-part event, starting with a one-hour panel discussion and ending with a 30-minute breakout room session. During the breakout room portion of the event, each panelist will “host” a breakout room on Zoom and attendees can self-elect which room they would like to go to, if any. Attendees can choose to share their own experiences at this time, or continue asking questions to the panelist who is hosting.
General Manager, Programs & Services, ArtsKC; Interim Chair of the Board, Theatre Community Fund of KC
Amanda Arany is a creative administrator and producer based in Kansas City, MO. Her career focus is on supporting the humanity at the center of the art, and doing the work to ensure safe, compassionate, & efficient spaces for creativity to thrive. Amanda is the General Manager of Programs & Services at ArtsKC: Regional Arts Council, and a founding board member of Theatre Community Fund of Kansas City. As a queer, autistic, Latina woman, Amanda strives to bring an intersectional lens to every project and continue identifying and breaking down the systemic barriers that exist within our local arts community.
Senior Clinical Research Coordinator, University of Kansas Medical Center; Partner, The Wild Way
Jon graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BS in neuroscience and an MS in exercise science. He moved to Kansas City to help his wife start a coffee business, The Wild Way Coffee, and to be closer to family. Jon works at KUMC’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center with older adults to test the impacts of physical activity and lifestyle changes on cognition and brain health. He also partners with his wife, the owner of The Wild Way Coffee, to do all things coffee related. Personally, Jon is well acquainted with the impacts of chronic health conditions. Over the last 10 years, he has learned to navigate an often unseen but debilitating autoimmune disease.
Director of Education and Programs, Jewish Community Relations Bureau|AJC
Sarah is originally from Oakland, California and has family from Kansas City. In May 2020, Sarah earned her M.A. in War and Society from Chapman University. Her masters’ thesis explored Jews’ reactions to the pogroms perpetrated by their Lithuanian neighbors in Kovno, Lithuania in June 1941. She graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 2018 with a B.A. in Political Science and minors in Jewish Studies, International Relations, and Classics & Archaeology. While at LMU, Sarah was a research assistant for the Director of Jewish Studies, a Jewish Studies/Hillel Engagement Fellow, and a founding member and President of Students Supporting Israel at LMU. In 2016 she was a Summer Goldman Fellow for AJC’s Los Angeles Regional Office. In Summer 2017 she began to serve as a Volunteer Intern at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles and ultimately volunteered 300 hours. She has also worked at Be’chol Lashon and the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Extremism.
Ange Lupton (they/them)
Special Education Program Coordinator, The Kansas City Teacher Residency
Ange is currently the Special Education Program Coordinator for the Kansas City Teacher Residency. Ange has been working in education for 18 years in public and public charter schools. Ange is an alumnus University of Missouri-Kansas City and Sarah Lawrence College and a parent of eleven-year-old twins.
Katya Siddall-Cipolla (she/they)
Founder and CEO, Hopper Health
Katya is the founder and CEO of Hopper Health. As an autistic + ADHD person with co-occurring chronic health conditions, she is building Hopper to not only support better health, but also to be a safer place for neurodivergent people to work. Prior to founding Hopper, Katya was Vice President for product development and innovation at Blue Cross Blue Shield Kansas City, where she led a wide range of initiatives including expanding coverage for gender-affirming procedures, quantifying maternal health equity disparities in the region, and implementing cost comparison tools that improved the experience of getting care for a million local members.
So that we can serve you better, we want to understand who is in the room. You will be asked two demographics questions as you register for this event. We will never share your individual information, and we will only report on demographics in aggregate. Any questions or comments? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Connext Program
Connext (formerly YNPNkc) provides learning and networking opportunities for the next generation of nonprofit leaders. We welcome people of all ages and professions, although most of our members are in their 20s and 30s and working in the nonprofit sector.