DEIB Session 3: Engaging A Nonprofit Board to Address Racial Equity

June 22, 2022

10:30:00 AM - 01:00:00 PM


Advancing personal & organizational work around DEI & belonging, this four-part series covers basic terms and frameworks.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging: For directors, board members, staff, and volunteers interested in advancing their own personal and organizational work around inclusion and belonging, this four-part series covers basic terms and frameworks. For those with prior exposure to the concepts, questions will prompt how to deepen the level of engagement and commitment.

Session 3: Engaging A Nonprofit Board to Address Racial Equity - A critical step to advancing your organizational response to racial equity is a conversation with your board. However, they, like the rest of us, may come to the conversation with some uncertainty, or even trepidation. Leading that conversation well is important.

Please join us for a very practical session that offers:

• A review of tools for beginning a conversation with your board about racial equity

• Questions to start the conversation

• Examples of how boards of directors are responding to calls for racial equity

• Common barriers experienced by boards

• Guidance on how to navigate with board members who have very different levels of understanding and awareness

Target audience: Organizational leaders committed to addressing race and equity

Please note: this is part of a four-part series. You must sign up for each session separately, but do not have to sign up for all four. Feel free to register for whichever works best for you!

$10 ticket includes workshop and lunch.

About the Facilitators

Rodney M. Fuller - President, Pursue Your Excellence and Fuller Development, LMSW, MBA, PhDC (Board Certified Professional and Executive Coach)

For much of his career, Mr. Fuller has been a President/CEO/Executive Director of Nonprofit organizations and as a leader and “Turn-around-artist,” Rodney has the distinction of having successfully led nine non-profit organizations in the tri-state area (NJ/NY/CT), during his career, including, Fresh Youth Initiatives, Public Allies New York, and the Boys and Girls Club of Newark, an anchor institution in the city of Newark and one of the city’s most valuable youth service providers. Rodney has been an adjunct professor, teaching macro practice, administration, community organization and social welfare policy courses. Rodney has an MSW from Hunter College, Silberman School and is a licensed clinical social worker/Therapist, trained at Ackerman Institute for the Family, after which he had a private therapy practice for a decade in Queens, NY. Rodney is a PhDC at Yeshiva University’s Wurzweiler School of Social Work. Rodney has used his successful experience as a therapist, supervisor, mentor, and organizational leader to open a new business venture in Executive Coaching, called Fuller Development which specializes in coaching for high performing, achievement-oriented leaders, their organizations and their teams. In an entirely different realm, Rodney is also an accomplished venture capitalist and part of a food and beverage company, the Glow Group with a Vegan Café (590 6th Avenue) and an event space Sanctuary Event/Bar on Roosevelt Island. In his spare time for fun and recreation, Rodney enjoy's Broadway shows, a good meal with friends and playing his saxophone. Rodney loves investing in the professional development and career advancement of people. Rodney aspires to be a practitioner’s practitioner and brings all the above-mentioned skills, training, experience, metrics-driven outcomes, tools resources and boots on the ground successful experiences to bear when offering his coaching, skill development and transformational services to clients.

Yvette R. Murray - MSW, LCSW, President and CEO of YRM Consulting Group; a minority and female-owned firm based in NJ.

With over 35 years of experience, Yvette’s work has been a catalyst for increasing organizational agility, resilience, and operational excellence. She Her firm's value statement is grounded in Peter Drucker’s adage, “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” Yvette works hand-in-hand with C-suite executives and their teams to take advantage of an increasingly multi-racial and multi-ethnic world.

Yvette’s approach embeds equity and anti-racist policies and practices throughout an organization’s DNA. Research shows that companies with greater workplace diversity are more agile, make better decisions, achieve better business results, and improve their “bottom line.” Yvette doesn’t believe in a one training fix.

Yvette is the past board chair for the Center for Non-Profits. She is currently serving on the Center for Non-Profits Racial Equity Task Force, Alliance for Nonprofit Management, Non Profit Professionals of Color Collective, the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond (PISAB), Undoing Racism Resource Facilitator.

Her clients have included NGOs/Non-Profits, foundations, governments, higher education, and multinational firms throughout North America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. Yvette holds a master’s degree in social work with a concentration in nonprofit management and public policy from Rutgers University, is a fellow with the Rutgers School of Business in social enterprise and entrepreneurship, Harvard Business School in non-profit governance, 21st Century Trust in global public health, and Salzburg Global in emerging democracies.

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This event is presented by the Grunin Foundation in partnership with Support Center, CadencePace Partners, and Center for Nonprofits.


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