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Five Weekly Sessions via Zoom

Wednesdays - May 4, 11, 18, 25 and June 1
1:00 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. (PT)

Event Description

Embedding Equity and Inclusion in Your Organization

Cohort Facilitator
Alexis Braly James, CEO, Construct the Present

Equity and Inclusion is a journey that we all must take to make a more equitable and just society. As “public benefit” organizations, nonprofits are at the center of this work.

An Equity and Inclusion lens is like a pair of glasses. It helps you see things from a new perspective. By always asking some intentional questions, we can thread equity and inclusion throughout our work. An Equity Lens is something you use daily; it’s essential to ensure we are asking ourselves the questions that will make us think about being equitable and inclusive in every aspect of our work and interactions. In this five-week cohort, we will support organizations at the beginning of their equity journey to collaborate on best practices and support your leadership through the newly released NAO E&I Lens course. This five-session interactive series will help you identify ways to further your mission through more equitable and inclusive practices.

Please note: This course is for any nonprofit staff, board, or volunteer member at the early stages of an equity journey and will help guide you on the beginning steps.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  1. Understand basic concepts of DEI and how an Equity and Inclusion Lens works.
  2. Gain insights on biases and open paths to new understandings of intersectionality.
  3. Practice applying a DEI Lens to our daily work.
  4. Make commitments to continue this path and expand our journey in DEI.


Session 1

May 4       

Welcome, introductions, community agreements, and considering our diversity. 

Session 2

May 11

Check assumptions - question our own ideas and biases and open up to new ways of understanding.

Session 3

May 18

Ask About Inclusion - asking intentional questions to thread equity and inclusion throughout our work.

Session 4

May 25

Apply to your work - apply equity and inclusion to specific areas of work by asking some practical questions and learning from examples

Session 5

June 1

Take Action - commit ourselves to continuing to use the information we learn in this work. It is not a one-time action. Being a change agent is a lifelong learning process of asking questions so we can apply (and re-apply) insights to action

Additional Guidelines

  • This learning cohort is intended to support Oregon-based 501(c)(3) nonprofits statewide. 
  • Participants make a commitment to all sessions so we can collectively work together and build a network of support. 
  • Conversations will be held as confidential to allow for depth and breadth of exploration.
  • This session is targeted towards experienced leaders who are looking to both expand the repertoire of leadership skills at their disposal, and work on their own commitment to self-development as leaders.
  • Limit is 15 individuals per cohort with no more than two representatives from one organization.
  • Participants make a commitment to attend all sessions.

About the Cohort Facilitator

Alexis Braly James, CEO, Construct the Present

Alexis Braly James is a longtime educator and innovator. She supports nationwide nonprofits, companies, and government agencies in activating contemporary responses to leadership development and employee needs through training, coaching, and team building. She has worked with organizations like Smithsonian, Kickstand Comedy, OMPA, and Multnomah County Library. As a former classroom teacher, she is an engaging and empathetic trainer at meetings, board training, and mediations. Prior to starting her own consulting agency, she was the Program Director at a statewide literacy nonprofit, where she specialized in creating an inclusive culture through supervision training, data analysis, and diversity, equity, and inclusion implementation. Alexis has been born & raised primarily in Oregon, earning her Master’s Degree from Lewis & Clark College and most recently pursuing her MBA from Cornell University. When she’s not working you can find her dancing to Beyonce. 


Thank You Funders and Sponsors

Thank you to the following FUNDERS and SPONSORS who are supporting NAO’s online events and communications during these challenging times. Their support is vital in helping NAO to bring much-needed resources and information to Oregon’s nonprofits – thank you.

Funders: Meyer Memorial Trust, The Ford Family Foundation, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, The Collins Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation, The Kinsman Foundation, First Interstate BancSystem Foundation, The Carpenter Foundation, Gordon Elwood Foundation, The Johnson Charitable Trust and The Roundhouse Foundation
Partner Sponsors: Columbia Bank, Nonstop Wellness and Kaiser Permanente
Friend Sponsors: Miller Nash, McDonald Jacobs, Bliss Sequoia Insurance & Risk Advisors, CFO Selections and Nike
Supporter Sponsor: Nonprofit Professionals Now


$125 for NAO Members
$175 for Nonmembers

The NAO member discount will be applied after you select "Register Now" below. You must be logged in to your member account to receive the discount. 

You will receive a registration confirmation e-mail. A link to access each weekly virtual cohort session will be sent to registered participants by the Cohort Leader prior to each session.

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May 4th, 2022 1:00 PM through June 1st, 2022 2:15 PM
Online Event
Price $ 175.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding