Wednesday, October 18, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. Light breakfast provided.

Event Description

It's Not Personal, It's Systemic! Addressing Resistance While Doing DEIJB Work

Veronica Bañuelos, Principal Consultant, Veronica Banuelos Consulting, LLC

Rather than fighting resistance, organizations can learn to embrace pushback as an expected part of building a more racially equitable, inclusive, environmentally conscious, and social justice-oriented organizational culture.

Systems are designed to build continuity and consistency. Changes to the system will inevitably result in resistance/pushback, whether it is structural or human behavior. When we expect resistance, we can plan for it, depersonalize it, acknowledge it and work with it.

This session will deliver a framework and offer participants time to workshop a pocket of resistance they are currently working through by asking:

  • How do some human behaviors represent symptoms of the system, and what are these representations trying to tell you? 
  • What is the resistance pointing to below the surface line? 
  • Where does that specific energy of resistance belong? What is its origin and its goal?   

Discover the answers to these questions to depersonalize resistance and make it part of the work. 

NAO is committed to creating inclusive learning environments and providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities. Automatic closed captioning via Zoom is turned on by default for all NAO virtual sessions. For other accommodation requests, please contact us at Advanced notice of at least 10 days is appreciated.

About the Presenter

Veronica Bañuelos, Principal Consultant, Veronica Banuelos Consulting, LLC

Veronica is a bilingual/bicultural Chicana focused on Holistic Organizational Development and Intercultural Communications. Veronica supports people and organizations to move closer to their mission and each other through supportive communication and relationship building as coach, mediator, and trainer. Her professional studies are a reflection of both her personal interests and life purpose. Her undergraduate degree work in Human Development provided the foundation of theories and practices of communications, interpersonal skills, psychology, and sociology. Her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership from Warner Pacific University informed her systems thinking approach in organizational conflict, leadership theory of development, operations, and dynamics of an organization, which is also supported by her Certificate of Financial Success for Nonprofits from Cornell University in 2018. Veronica is certified through National Board Source Organization in Nonprofit Board Consulting. She is a trained and highly skilled facilitator, mediator, conflict resolution practitioner, and systemic constellation practitioner. Veronica is also a trained Spiritual Director through the Urban Spirituality Center in NW Portland.


Thank You Sponsor and Funders

Partner Sponsor: Umpqua Bank
Foundation Supporters: Meyer Memorial Trust and M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


$45 NAO Members
$75 Nonmembers

This event is Member Pass eligible.
EILN Member Pass holders may register for events within this specific network. Your unique discount code may be used for eight registrations (per pass). Passes are shareable across your organization. Purchase an EILN Member Pass by November 22, 2023 to take advantage of the $110 savings! 

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October 18th, 2023 from  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Louiza Event Space
2808 NE MLK Jr. Blvd.
Suite B
Portland, OR 97212
Event Fee(s)
Price $75.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Networking
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding