Transcending Diversity

Transcending Diversity

Session Type(s): Training

Training Tag(s): Movement Health & Operations

Starts: Friday, Aug. 3 9:00 AM

Ends: Friday, Aug. 3 10:15 AM

Room: R07

Let’s face it, “diversity and inclusion” efforts in this country, and in the progressive movement, have been dismal. The reasons for this are deep and complex, but one of them is that we treat our differences like something that can be boxed and put in a corner, and pulled out when we need to address tension or conflict. What we are proposing is that we understand that who we are permeates every single aspect of our work and interactions, and by training ourselves in the practice of remembering this and responding accordingly, we can transcend the need for “diversity training” and begin relating in ways that account for difference, create powerful organizational cultures and deliver the best results for our work.

Trainers

Maritza Schafer

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Maritza Schafer is a bilingual (Spanish) and multi-cultural communications consultant working with not-for-profits, tech startups, large corporations, government agencies and other organizations looking to improve their impact. She helps her clients clarify their goals, discover their visions, and create strategies to achieve them by improving internal communications processes and designing external communications campaigns. Her work includes articulating compelling stories and engaging messages, and embedding them in effective communications strategies. Maritza has decades of experience in the non-profit sector, most recently as Global Campaign Leader at Greenpeace International, where she focused on communications and engagement strategies and facilitated a global organizational restructure. She previously led the Wilderness Society, an Australian ngo devoted to protecting nature by building a movement. Her role included restructuring the organization to better reflect their community organizing ambitions. Maritza has worked on campaigns for racial justice, economic equity, human rights, and environmental issues, and has led trainings on communications and messaging around the globe.

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Akaya Windwood

Akaya Windwood

Akaya Windwood is the President of Rockwood Leadership Institute, which provides transformative leadership trainings for nonprofit and philanthropic organizations. She is a partner in the Opportunity Collaboration, an international conference that convenes leaders working to end poverty, and directs the Mycelium Fund, which makes small grants to non-profit organizations based on generosity and interconnectedness, and is on faculty for the RSF Social Finance Integrated Capital Fellowship. She has been named one of 30 World Changing Women of 2018. Akaya has been a featured speaker at the Stanford Social Innovation Institute, the Aspen Institute, and the Association of Black Foundation Executives conferences. She received an Ella Award from the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and is deeply committed to working for a fair and equitable global society while infusing a sense of purpose, delight and wonder into everything we do. Akaya lives in Oakland, CA where she reads science fiction and relishes growing enormous squash in her garden.

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