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Friday, December 8, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Continental Breakfast served at 8:30 a.m with session promptly starting at 9:00 a.m.
(Breakfast & Lunch will be provided)

Event Description

Advancing Equity & Inclusion In Our Daily Work

Sara Curiel Paez, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Adrienne Graham, Senior Consultant and Regional Director of Central Oregon, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Equity and inclusion are both a moral imperative and good for nonprofit business and our society. Nonprofits are stronger when every board and staff member takes action in this direction.

Equity, as it relates to group differences, focuses on promoting justice, impartiality, and fairness within the procedures and processes of institutions or systems, as well as their distribution of resources. Tackling equity issues requires an understanding of the underlying or root causes of outcome disparities within our society.

Inclusion focuses on the behaviors and practices that seek out, invite, welcome, allow, engage, involve or in other ways include broad participation-- particularly of disenfranchised and underrepresented groups-- in information sharing, events, dialogue, input, creative initiatives, support, problem solving, decision making, and sharing of resources and control.

In this workshop, participants will:

  • Get an overview of the effective NAO DE&I Framework
  • Discuss essential DEI definitions
  • Take a personal DEI assessment 
  • Learn how to work across differences
  • Understand the power of Mindsets in DE&I work
  • Gain tools to practice and continue the DE&I conversation

Who Should Attend?

This training is a primer for board and staff who are new to equity and inclusion and for more experienced board and staff members. Each person will be invited to assess their current capacity and use the training to gain new insights and set new goals.

About the Presenters

Sara Curiel Paez, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Sara is a highly skilled nonprofit trainer and facilitator on foundational topics including diversity, equity & inclusion; leadership development; project management; and organizational development. Sara has delivered the Ford Institute Leadership Program in rural communities as well as Cultivando Comunidad and the Raices program. She is a certified MBTI trainer and has deep experience developing curriculum on civic engagement for the Latino community.

Sara is a lead equity and inclusion trainer for NAO using NAO’s DE&I capacity building framework for nonprofits. Her recent consulting work has included curriculum design, training on how to engage communities of color, and facilitating community listening sessions.

Sara is currently a trainer and coach of the DE&I Intertwine Implementation Cohort, a group of environmental organizations that are ready to move to the next step for implementing their Equity Plans. Sara also recently delivered workshops across Oregon on cross-cultural communication for collaboration.

Sara is based in the Portland NAO Office.

Adrienne Graham, Senior Consultant and Regional Director of Central Oregon, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Based in Sisters, Adrienne Graham brings deep experience with nonprofits. She served as a nonprofit executive director for over 12 years and for 20+ years has provided training, consulting and facilitation to nonprofits and to the public and private sectors. Prior to joining NAO, Adrienne owned Leapfrog Training & Facilitation, a consulting firm that provided strategic planning, leadership development and organizational effectiveness services to nonprofits, community groups and associations, including NAO.

Before launching Leapfrog, Adrienne designed and delivered community leadership and organizational development programs for The Ford Family Foundation’s Community Program.  Her work has also included service in the public sector where she was Ombudsman for the City of Corvallis’s non-discrimination ordinance. Adrienne helped to ensure that the rights of members in a protected class were not being violated, and she led a citywide discussion-to-action program to build a more inclusive community, ‘Study Circles.’

Adrienne is a BoardSource-trained facilitator in Nonprofit Board and CEO Assessment and Development; is certified in Appreciative Inquiry (AI); and is a certified facilitator for the national Points of Light Foundation Youth Leadership Institute. She is an outdoor enthusiast and can be found all year round on the many captivating trails throughout the Central Oregon region.


No cost to attendees. Registration is required.


December 8th, 2017 8:30 AM   through   3:00 PM
Ross Ragland Theater
Ragland Conference Room
218 N 7th St
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Event Particulars
City Klamath Falls
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Presenter Sara Curiel Paez
Event Region Southern Oregon
Programmatic Approach

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