Wednesday, January 17, 2024
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
Check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. Light breakfast provided.

Event Description

State of Progress Address: What's Working Now and Where Do We Grow Next?

Erica Briggs, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

The movement towards diversity, equity, inclusion, justice and belonging (DEIJB) is a long and arduous journey. In the nonprofit sector, progress looks different, but it shares common obstacles. It is important to gather together as a community to assess our efforts toward being the change we want to see in the world. This network session will allow us to reflect on our progress and speak to what needs to be done to get to where we are trying to go in our organizations and the communities we serve. We will:

  • Report the results of the EILN survey issued to DEIJB leaders and advocates.
  • Invite in-the-moment, qualitative feedback from participating members.
  • Encourage deeper conversation that brings us closer to a better understanding of how to proceed moving forward.

Join the conversation on where we've been, what we've done, and what we hope to accomplish to make progress related to DEIJB in the nonprofit workplace.

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

Erica Briggs, Nonprofit Education Specialist, NAO

Erica Briggs is a facilitator of learning, DEI consultant, community caretaker, creative artist and author. In each capacity she is a storyteller, sharing stories related to developing a more transparent and fluid identity, embracing culture, and aligning with nature to better heal, grow and sustain mental health and well-being. 

A native Oregonian, Briggs has lived and worked across the country and overseas. Currently, she serves as a Nonprofit Education Specialist at NAO; Facilitator of Learning for the Anti-Defamation League; and is the founder and CEO of a small arts and nature nonprofit based in Troutdale. 

As a single mother, she earned a BA in Communications at Mills College in Oakland, CA and a Master's in Africana Studies at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY where she studied the social construction of race in America. 

For over 25 years, she has served various roles in asset-based community nonprofits, and both traditional and alternative learning environments from elementary through college. When she is at play you will likely find her wandering in her garden, making a mess in her art studio, or hiking with her children to the nearest body of water. 


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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January 17th, 2024 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
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