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Thursday, February 16, 2023
8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (PT)
Networking at 8:30 a.m., Presentation at 9:00 a.m.

Event Description

Guidance for Leadership: Creating an Equitable Workplace

Aaron Spriggs, Training & Project Facilitator, Construct The Present

At the peak of the racial justice uprising following George Floyd and Breonna Taylor’s murders, many nonprofit leaders were called to rethink what racial justice means for their organizations. At the same time, public discourse was critical of leaders who implemented changes through trial-and-error, causing harm to staff and the health of their organization.

What does impactful racial equity look like in practice? This session is designed for leaders seeking up-to-date guidance for their organization. 

To understand racial equity and work towards true social change, we will start this session by creating a shared understanding of what this means. Then, we will move on to cover how to implement inclusive strategies in all aspects of your work, from hiring processes, to accountability and equity for an inclusive workplace, and finally to opportunities for upward mobility.

While this session will include some fundamentals, we will move beyond identifying our implicit bias and consider often overlooked components of your organization’s equity practices.

Automatic closed captioning via Zoom is turned on by default for all NAO virtual sessions. For accommodation requests, please contact us at Advanced notice of at least 10 days is appreciated.

About the Presenter

Aaron Spriggs, Training & Project Facilitator, Construct The Present

Aaron Spriggs (he/they) is a transplant from Detroit, MI, and has been living in Portland, OR, for almost 10 years now. As a black man with a queer leaning who grew up in poverty, his experience and learning has developed into a deep calling towards being accountable to his communities’ needs. For over a decade, Aaron has spent most of his time as a community advocate, teacher, group facilitator and artist. As a facilitator, Aaron moves with a heart-center and a deep belief in possibility. He truly enjoys supporting leaders in consciousness raising, compassionate accountability processes, somatic release, and intersectional analysis and recommendations towards people’s needs getting met. He is also a friend, a brother, a son, and an uncle that enjoys playing music, running, hanging out with the littles, talking on the phone, climbing things and meditating.

Currently, Aaron is a Project and Training Facilitator for Construct The Present (CTP), an Equity-Centered consulting firm based in Portland, OR. CTP uses their lived experiences and professional expertise to help organizations become stronger and more resilient using Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies, such as training, equity audits & recommendations, and being long-term consultants to organizations looking to implement thorough changes. As experienced equity, diversity, and inclusion consultants, CTP is committed to continue working with nonprofits, government agencies, private companies, and cohorts across the nation who have committed to being leaders in building a better future.


Thank You Sponsors

Partner Sponsor: Columbia Bank
Friend Sponsor: CFO Selections


$40 NAO Members
$60 Nonmembers

This event is Member Pass eligible.
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February 16th, 2023 from  8:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Online Event
Event Fee(s)
Price $60.00
Event Particulars
City Online learning
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Leadership Development, Networking
Event Region Central Oregon, Eastern Oregon, Metropolitan Portland, North Coast, Northern Willamette Valley, South Coast, Southern Oregon, Southern Willamette Valley
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding