Addressing issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion requires more than individual action. Organizations, particularly nonprofits that serve historically marginalized and under resourced communities, have an important role to play in creating a more just society. In this interactive session, you'll hear from organizations that are leading the way in putting equity at the center of their work and gain new skills and insights into increasing equity at your organization.
During this session, you’ll learn from organizations who were nominated for the Equity in Action Award at the 2021 Philanthropy Awards Luncheon. We've celebrated their accomplishments and now it's time to take a peek behind the curtain to understand what happened behind the scenes so that we can apply those learnings to our own organizations.
In the second part of the session, we’ll move into breakout rooms to encourage small group discussion and networking. You will have the opportunity to share your perspective, ask questions, and gain insight from your nonprofit peers.
This is a program of the Let's Connect: Virtual Discussion Series.
Nonprofit professionals know how turn obstacles into opportunities and make lemonade out of lemons. Join several 2021 Philanthropy Awards Nominees to hear how these organizations develop and practice their outstanding commitment to equity. More than a recap of their awards submission, these speakers will share a behind-the-scenes peek at what it takes to put equity into action.
Alex Treaster is the Director of Communications & Community Partnerships for Second Presbyterian Church. In addition to his role with Second, he serves as the adjunct instructor for the Marketing Communications for Nonprofit Organizations course at the University of Kansas.
Kiona Sinks by trade is a social and civic innovator setting the standard for how young leaders should model in action community engagement, bringing forward generations of all sectors of professions to change the perspective on what community activism should model in our modern day world. Currently, Kiona serves as Community Engagement Manager + Digital Marketing Strategy for the Negro LeaguesBaseball Museum in Kansas City, Missouri.
Melanie Miller is the Chief Executive Officer for Kansas City Friends of Alvin Ailey (KCFAA), a non-profit organization established in 1984 with a mission to make dance accessible to all. She joined the KCFAA staff in 2019. Melanie has been heavily involved in the philanthropic realm and currently serves on the board for the Charlotte Street Foundation and is Co-Chair of the Arts Facet for the Greater Kansas City (MO) Links, Incorporated and a member of the Arts & Letters Committee for Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Your active participation is highly encouraged. No one has all of the solutions, but everyone has something worth contributing. Your small group discussion participation will help others share, grow, and learn.
Let's Connect: Virtual Discussion Series
What’s the best way to stay connected? Turn to your nonprofit network. Join Nonprofit Connect for facilitated discussions with your nonprofit peers every Monday morning at 10:00 AM. We will select a new topic each week, and invite you to tune in for learning and sharing. 2021 Let's Connect Summer Sessions are focused on celebrating and learning from our 2021 Philanthropy Awards Nominees. Join us!
Disclaimer: Discussions will be recorded and shared as a resource, so participation means you may be recorded as well.
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