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Thursday, May 17th, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Light Refreshments will be provided  


This event is made possible through a partnership with Columbia Bank – thank you Columbia Bank!

Event Description

Strategic Planning through a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Lens - Deep Dive!

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

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) is a key priority for a growing number of organizations, funders, and individuals who see these principles as fundamental in countering societal norms of racism, oppression, privilege, power and disparities associated with cultural identity groups. But how do you integrate these principles into your actions as an ally, leader, or at the organization level? How can you influence and change institutional and systemic norms so that they result in diversity, equity, and inclusion?

Strategic Planning is a tool and process that most nonprofits engage in some capacity. At its core, Strategic Planning is meant to gather meaningful feedback from the community and facilitate thoughtful reflection on the identity of the organization and what direction will ensure mission success. Integrating DEI into this process can be powerful, difficult, and transformative.

In this session, we will explore opportunities and challenges of applying DEI principles and practices into strategic planning processes. We will discuss core elements of a typical Strategic Planning process, and ask critical questions about valuing and promoting diversity, being inclusive of diverse perspectives, with the ultimate goal of advancing equity in the communities we work with and for.

Participants should have some background in both DEI and Strategic Planning to get the most out of the training, but we welcome varying levels of awareness. We will share definitions and concepts, but will not spend much time on foundational principles of DEI. Participants will also have the option to bring their current strategic plans (in draft or finalized) to apply learnings along the way. Having a current strategic plan, or being in a strategic planning process, is not required.

Participants do not have to have been to the first introductory session to attend this session.

About the Presenters

Sara Curiel 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.


$125 NAO Member
$225 Nonmember


May 17th, 2018 1:00 PM   through   June 4th, 2018 4:30 PM
Northwest Health Foundation’s Ramona Room
221 NW Second Ave, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97209
Event Fee(s)
Price $ 225.00
Event Particulars
City Portland
NAO Event? Yes
Topic Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion, Leadership Development, Networking, Program & Impact Evaluation
Presenter Sara Paez and Alexis Millett
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
Programmatic Approach Capacity Builiding

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