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Wednesday, April 4, 2018
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Continental Breakfast & Presentation at 8:30 a.m., Networking at 10:00 a.m.

Event Description

Strategic Planning through a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lens

Sara Paez, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Alexis Millett, Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

As diversity, equity and inclusion (DE&I) becomes increasingly vital for nonprofits to achieve their missions, nonprofits are required to view traditional and/or mainstream processes like strategic planning through a new lens.

Strategic planning is a powerful process used by nonprofits to:

  • Assess and generate goals and strategies,
  • motivate and align staff and board, and
  • ensure organizational relevancy and effectiveness.

In this training, you will explore the key elements of a strategic plan and apply a DE&I lens that will make your plan more inclusive and more likely to advance equitable outcomes in your community. You will gain insight from two NAO consultants, Sara Paez and Alexis Millett, who are dedicated to fusing DE&I work with your organization’s business goals. You will also have the opportunity to share your own challenges and successes in this work through exchange with peers.

About the Presenters

Sara Paez, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

With a background in Participatory Leadership, Sara Paez has 10 years of experience in leadership development, civic engagement, facilitation and training. As a first generation Mexican-American woman, Sara deeply believes that all people have value and that leadership happens through reflection, listening and dialogue.

Sara is an experienced bilingual and bicultural capacity building consultant. She was born and raised in Nayarit, Mexico. She attended Oregon State University and received both her B.S. degree from the Honors College department as a McNair Scholar and a Master’s degree in Public Policy. Internationally, Sara has worked and studied in Spain, Bulgaria and Mexico. In 2005, Sara had the opportunity to interview nonprofits in Bulgaria to understand their role in the policy process before becoming part of the European Union. In addition, Sara has two years of paralegal experience from Universidad Panamerica in Guadalajara, Mexico. She also has training as a legal interpreter and translator.

In her spare time, Sara enjoys traveling abroad to Mexico and Argentina, reading and playing with her two children. She fulfills her deep commitment to youth development through her long standing volunteer work with the Benton County Juvenile Department and the Oregon State University 4-H.

Alexis Millett, Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Alexis Millett loves working with people to solve complex organizational and leadership challenges. Whether those problems are large-scale social issues, organizational dysfunction, or leadership effectiveness, she thrives on understanding the whole system and finding creative and engaging solutions. Alexis uses relationship-oriented and strength-based approaches to create inclusive, positive environments for people to achieve mission effectiveness.

Prior to her work at NAO, Alexis managed projects for a real estate and architecture start-up company in Seattle that specializes in community-oriented design. Prior to that, she worked with youth serving nonprofits. She has a B.A. in International Development and Social Change and an M.A. in Community Development and Planning from Clark University. During her high school, undergraduate, and graduate work, Alexis was deeply engaged in leading discussions on diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Alexis is originally from Seattle, and enjoys hiking, backpacking, boxing, and always has music playing. She runs a boot camp for women once a week, and loves being active.


Individual Session
$35 NAO Member
$65 Nonmember

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April 4th, 2018 8:30 AM   through   April 10th, 2018 10:30 AM
Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Event Fee(s)
Price $ 65.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Leadership Development, Networking, Operations & Planning, Program & Impact Evaluation
Presenter Sara Paez and Alexis Millett
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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