Wednesday, December 13, 2023
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (PT)

Event Description

Growing a Culture of Care

Emily Squires, Facilitator & Consultant, Reimagine Everything

How do we create, grow and strengthen an internal organizational culture of genuine care and support rooted in our values? How does a shifting remote-hybrid-real-life work environment impact our team dynamics of communication and conflict? How do we care for each other in a way that recognizes internal power dynamics and manages limitations while navigating problems like scarcity, urgency, and organizational flux? How do we pay attention to our relationships with each other, respect different boundaries and responsibilities, and collectively develop strategies that allow us to thrive?

This interactive and inquiry-based Zoom conversation will ask you to reflect on and share your current organizational practices and experiences. Participants are strongly encouraged to bring genuine questions that are happening in real-time—this is not a lecture. We will discuss practical skills, including practices for group gatherings, deep listening, and Employee Resource Groups/affinity spaces. We will end the session with helpful tips and specific resources for ongoing learning and practice.

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

Emily Squires, Facilitator & Consultant, Reimagine Everything

Emily Squires is a facilitator and consultant who works with organizations seeking to connect deeply with their values and understand their social justice ecosystems. Emily supports organizations in understanding their capacity for change and creating a culture of care, holding dignity and relationships at the center. The work is guided by an understanding that for organizational patterns and culture to shift there must first be a praxis of care. 

Emily’s approach is rooted in community participatory practices, leadership development, and  recognition of power dynamics. Emily’s work has spanned demographics and scale, engaging a wide range of communities and organizations – from teens to executives, and small, rural non-profit programs to large governmental agencies, including project management, workshops, curriculum development, experiential learning, and strategy.

Working with Emily will always include a consideration of our connections to history and contemporary contexts, an embrace of creativity, and opportunities to try, fail, listen deeply, and try again. Emily holds a BA in Community Engagement through the Arts and a BFA in Printmaking from the University of Michigan and an MFA in Studio Art from Washington University in St. Louis. More about Emily's teachers, facilitation lineage, and ongoing work can be found here



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.

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December 13th, 2023 from  9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
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Event Fee(s)
Price $75.00
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City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Networking
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding
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