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  Leaders in philanthropy have a unique place of influence and responsibility within civil society. With that in mind, the Presidents’ Forum on Racial Equity in Philanthropy was formed in late 2018 to provide a space where foundation CEOs can candidly discuss the most difficult issues and trade-offs around racial equity with the people who really understand the unique role of the CEO, their peers. This November, we’re thrilled to invite you to an exclusive opportunity for presidents and CEOs of foundations. Presidents’ Forum + Upswell will be a powerful four-day experience that will begin with an intensive and focused exploration of racial …


  Take a deep dive into how to operationalize race equity by exploring best practices from EiC’s Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture publication. Speakers include racial equity thought leaders and practitioners, as well as nonprofit and philanthropy executives leading race equity transformation initiatives. Workshops will explore issues ranging from racial healing and allyship strategies that support people of color to building successful partnerships with equity consultants and cross-functional operationalization of race equity. Hosted by Equity in the Center Add Equity in the Center to you Upswell registration during checkout. To modify an existing registration, please email …


Equity in philanthropy is a hot topic as many organizations develop strategies to increase funding and impact in communities of color. But is there a difference between giving and living? Can philanthropic organizations ever truly achieve equitable giving if equity is not reflected in their everyday operations, practices, and values? Join us for this candid discussion of embracing equity from the inside out and building equitable practices internally that drive equitable outcomes externally. Presented by Memphis Music Initiative

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 3:45 pm

Leadership in Building a Race Equity Culture

Turn the Curve
Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity


How do nonprofit leaders build a race equity culture? Get the highlights on research on nonprofit CEOs from the Building Movement Project’s “Race to Lead Initiative.” Then take a deep dive on the “Senior Leadership” lever from Equity in the Center’s “Awake to Woke to Work: Building a Race Equity Culture,” and join breakout groups to brainstorm strategies you can take to shift your own workplace culture to center race equity. Presented by Building Movement Project


How can the social impact sector level the playing field and address unintended research bias? Learn how from a robust publication released by Chicago Beyond called “Why Am I Always Being Researched?” The guidebook is intended to help shift the power dynamic between community organizations, researchers, and funders and how they uncover knowledge together. This equity-based approach to research offers one approach to restore communities as authors and owners of evidence and data that can truly impact societal change. Presented by Chicago Beyond More about this workshop: Using Equitable Research to Help Chicago Youth Thrive

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 3:10 pm

Creating Common Ground

Spark Talk
Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity


With increasing migration and rapid demographic shifts across the world, more than ever there is a need for communities to foster belonging, equity and inclusion. Welcoming America works to create these conditions, so that everyone can thrive. In this session, Welcoming America’s Executive Director, Rachel Peric, will dive deeper into the bottom-up movement for inclusion, highlighting the transformative ways that local leaders can come together to build Welcoming Communities for all individuals. Sponsored by Walmart


Recent EdBuild report research on school racial disparity revealed high-poverty districts that serve mostly students of color receive about $1,600 less per student than the national average, while school districts that are predominately white and poor receive about $130 less. Brown vs. Board of Education overturned school segregation in 1954, but more than half of U.S. students attend “racially concentrated” schools. Learn about creating a counter-force to systemic racism to influence K-12 school culture and bridge opportunity gaps through enhanced learning programs. Presented by Higher Achievement

Wednesday, November 13

3:00 pm – 5:30 pm

How to Build a Culture of Equity and Results

Deep Dive Workshop
Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity


Education, healthcare, community development – for kids of color, these critical systems (and many more) perpetually create stagnant outcomes. We need better results. With a network of cross-sector thinkers and doers, StriveTogether has created a positively disruptive blueprint for cradle-to-career systems change that will lead to a more equitable future. In this workshop, you’ll learn and test new skills for developing shared results, owning and aligning your contributions, and using data and community perspectives to drive decisions that measurably advance racial equity. Presented by StriveTogether


President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper, now an initiative of the Obama Foundation, is centrally focused on reducing barriers and expanding opportunity for boys and young men of color. However, we recognize that creating communities where boys and young men of color can thrive must address interconnected issues of race, gender, sexual orientation, immigration and socioeconomic status. Join a candid conversation about the progress made and the work that remains to create programs and policies rooted in the knowledge that the challenges and opportunities facing young men, young women and gender non binary youth of color are deeply intertwined. Presented by …

Wednesday, November 13

3:45 pm – 3:55 pm

How to Change Your DEI Culture in One Month

Spark Talk
Diversity, Inclusion, Racial Equity


Join this Spark Talk for tools and strategies to advance Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in your workplace in one week! While most organizations use the buzzwords “diversity equity and inclusion” as a value, many employees can’t articulate actions by their leadership around this pivotal issue. But you don’t have to be on the leadership team to ignite excitement and purpose around DEI! Find out how a temporary employee sparked immediate change in diversity, equity and inclusion in their workplace. Presented by I Follow the Leader LLC