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Equity and Inclusion Leaders Network

Building & Sustaining Diverse Organizations

Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor 721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland

About this event

Facilitator

María Lisa Johnson, Senior Consultant
Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Panel

Michael Kaplan, Executive Director
Cascade AIDS Project

Peggy Ross, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
LifeWorks NW

Maria C. Rubio, Vice President – Strategic Alignment & Inclusion
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Continental Breakfast & Networking at 8:00
Presentation at 8:30

Building and sustaining organizational diversity is a significant challenge for the nonprofit sector. As Oregon communities become increasingly diverse, it’s imperative that nonprofit organizations strive to reflect the communities they serve. Your nonprofit’s ability to attract, retain, and advance diverse staff members directly impacts your ability to effectively meet changing needs and opportunities in Oregon. This session will assist executive leadership and Boards to translate their good intentions into concrete results.

In this interactive session, a panel of local leaders will share their insights and offer strategies for success. Together we will:

  • Demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion within a nonprofit organization
  • Share our experiences cultivating diversity and inclusion as organizational leaders and discuss lessons learned
  • Review strategies for creating and sustaining an inclusive work environment in which all employees maximize their potential and contribute to organizational success

About the Presenters

María Lisa Johnson has worked with public and nonprofit organizations on a wide range of issues affecting community well-being for over 20 years. She has provided consulting support to organizations serving the Latino community and low-income individuals and families, and was the founding Executive Director for the Latino Network. More recently María Lisa served as the Bureau Director of the City of Portland Office of Human Relations and Human Rights Commission. Her volunteer and Board experience includes The Wallace Medical Concern, Escuela de Líderes Comunitarios Magdalena Mora, and James Beard Public Market. María Lisa has a MA in Public Administration and a MA in International Studies from the University of Oregon.

Michael Kaplan has more than 20 of years’ experience in nonprofit management and 15 years implementing international and US-based HIV/AIDS programs. Since 2008, he has served as the Executive Director for the Cascade AIDS Project. Over the past decade, via US government-funded programs, Michael has provided technical assistance to more than 50 nonprofits in the domains of governance, strategic planning, nonprofit management, program management, and community engagement. Prior to joining CAP, Michael served as the Vice President for International HIV Programs at the Academy for Educational Development where he oversaw programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. Kaplan tested HIV-positive in 1992, and shortly thereafter began running a support group for HIV-positive youth in Minnesota. From 1992 to 1998, he served as the founding Executive Director of District 202, a youth center by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in Minneapolis. Mr. Kaplan serves on the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) and Cascadia Behavioral Health. He is the proud foster dad (along with his partner) of a five year old girl and has a BA in Child Psychology and an MA in Adult Education.

Peggy Ross joined LifeWorks NW in 2011 as Director of Diversity and Workforce Development. Peggy was Governor Kulongoski’s Director of Affirmative Action from 2003 to 2011, and prior to that she was a cultural awareness consultant and trainer to statewide and national businesses and government agencies. She currently serves on the advisory boards of Emerge Oregon and the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Oregon/SW Washington (APACC), and on the Boards of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Native American Youth and Family Services (NAYA), and Innovation Partnership. Peggy has studied business administration and social sciences at Nebraska Wesleyan University and Portland State University.

Maria Rubio served as a member of the United Way Board of Directors before joining the organization as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the fall of 2010. Maria has a track record of implementing principles, practices, organizational learning, and community engagement with the Oregon Police Academy, the US Department of Justice, and the Portland Mayor’s office. In her role as Policy Director at the office of former Mayor Tom Potter, Maria developed policies in the areas of public safety, mental health, and homelessness. Her work with the US Department of Justice involved convening national working groups and boards to develop national policies and practices around police training and community engagement around issues of racial profiling, racism, domestic violence, human trafficking, and other public safety issues.

About the Network

Diversity Leaders Network is a proactive, comprehensive approach to institutionalizing cultural competence at your organization. This Network is designed to help leaders better understand the cause and effect of varying viewpoints and to inspire open-mindedness and a willingness to learn from those with diverse backgrounds.

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Facilitator

María Lisa Johnson, Senior Consultant
Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Panel

Michael Kaplan, Executive Director
Cascade AIDS Project

Peggy Ross, Director of Diversity and Inclusion
LifeWorks NW

Maria C. Rubio, Vice President - Strategic Alignment & Inclusion
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Continental Breakfast & Networking at 8:00
Presentation at 8:30

Building and sustaining organizational diversity is a significant challenge for the nonprofit sector. As Oregon communities become increasingly diverse, it's imperative that nonprofit organizations strive to reflect the communities they serve. Your nonprofit's ability to attract, retain, and advance diverse staff members directly impacts your ability to effectively meet changing needs and opportunities in Oregon. This session will assist executive leadership and Boards to translate their good intentions into concrete results.

In this interactive session, a panel of local leaders will share their insights and offer strategies for success. Together we will:

  • Demonstrate the value of diversity and inclusion within a nonprofit organization
  • Share our experiences cultivating diversity and inclusion as organizational leaders and discuss lessons learned
  • Review strategies for creating and sustaining an inclusive work environment in which all employees maximize their potential and contribute to organizational success

About the Presenters

María Lisa Johnson has worked with public and nonprofit organizations on a wide range of issues affecting community well-being for over 20 years. She has provided consulting support to organizations serving the Latino community and low-income individuals and families, and was the founding Executive Director for the Latino Network. More recently María Lisa served as the Bureau Director of the City of Portland Office of Human Relations and Human Rights Commission. Her volunteer and Board experience includes The Wallace Medical Concern, Escuela de Líderes Comunitarios Magdalena Mora, and James Beard Public Market. María Lisa has a MA in Public Administration and a MA in International Studies from the University of Oregon.

Michael Kaplan has more than 20 of years' experience in nonprofit management and 15 years implementing international and US-based HIV/AIDS programs. Since 2008, he has served as the Executive Director for the Cascade AIDS Project. Over the past decade, via US government-funded programs, Michael has provided technical assistance to more than 50 nonprofits in the domains of governance, strategic planning, nonprofit management, program management, and community engagement. Prior to joining CAP, Michael served as the Vice President for International HIV Programs at the Academy for Educational Development where he oversaw programs in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Mr. Kaplan tested HIV-positive in 1992, and shortly thereafter began running a support group for HIV-positive youth in Minnesota. From 1992 to 1998, he served as the founding Executive Director of District 202, a youth center by and for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth in Minneapolis. Mr. Kaplan serves on the Board of Directors of the Nonprofit Association of Oregon (NAO) and Cascadia Behavioral Health. He is the proud foster dad (along with his partner) of a five year old girl and has a BA in Child Psychology and an MA in Adult Education.

Peggy Ross joined LifeWorks NW in 2011 as Director of Diversity and Workforce Development. Peggy was Governor Kulongoski's Director of Affirmative Action from 2003 to 2011, and prior to that she was a cultural awareness consultant and trainer to statewide and national businesses and government agencies. She currently serves on the advisory boards of Emerge Oregon and the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Oregon/SW Washington (APACC), and on the Boards of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Native American Youth and Family Services (NAYA), and Innovation Partnership. Peggy has studied business administration and social sciences at Nebraska Wesleyan University and Portland State University.

Maria Rubio served as a member of the United Way Board of Directors before joining the organization as the Director of Diversity and Inclusion in the fall of 2010. Maria has a track record of implementing principles, practices, organizational learning, and community engagement with the Oregon Police Academy, the US Department of Justice, and the Portland Mayor’s office. In her role as Policy Director at the office of former Mayor Tom Potter, Maria developed policies in the areas of public safety, mental health, and homelessness. Her work with the US Department of Justice involved convening national working groups and boards to develop national policies and practices around police training and community engagement around issues of racial profiling, racism, domestic violence, human trafficking, and other public safety issues.

About the Network

Diversity Leaders Network is a proactive, comprehensive approach to institutionalizing cultural competence at your organization. This Network is designed to help leaders better understand the cause and effect of varying viewpoints and to inspire open-mindedness and a willingness to learn from those with diverse backgrounds.

When
April 12th, 2012 from  8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
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Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Multnomah
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NAO Members $22.50
Nonmembers $25.00
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