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Equity and Inclusion Leaders Network

Cross-Cultural Capacity Building in Nonprofits: A 20-Year Retrospective & What Lies Ahead

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

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November 12, 2015 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor | 721 NW 9th Avenue | Portland, OR 97209


Member Pass Eligible, $50 NAO Members, $85 Nonmembers

Moderator

Cliff Jones, EILN Founder, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Barb Gibbs, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Panelists

Andrew Mason, Executive Director, Open School

Guadalupe Guajardo, Sr. Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon & Founder, Latina Associates for Collaborative Endeavors (LACE)

Jerralynn Ness, Executive Director, Community Action
Kay Toran, President & Chief Executive Officer, Volunteers of America

Nancy Ramirez Arriaga, Nonprofit Consultant

Rekah Strong M.S.W., Chief of Operations & Equity Officer,
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

In 1995 NAO started a the Diversity Leaders Network (now the Equity and Inclusion Leaders Network) to support staff and leaders in nonprofits to increase the diversity and cross cultural effectiveness of those they serve and the makeup of their staff, board and volunteers. Around that same time Portland activists formed organizations such as Latino Network, Basic Rights Oregon, VOZ Workers Education Project, Community Alliance of Tenants, and TACS’s Diversity Leaders Network, now the Equity & Inclusion Leaders Network.

Collectively we have learned a lot in the last two decades. Much has changed and much is the same. How does what we have learned and where we are on this journey point towards our future?

Join EILN’s founders and original champions as well as newer leaders in reflecting on the early work and lessons learned, as well as current challenges, strategies, and visions for an equitable and inclusive future.

NAO Senior Consultant and EILN founder, Cliff Jones, and NAO Senior Consultant Barb Gibbs, will moderate panels of founders, champions and new leaders in this interactive retrospective of our history and path forward.

About the Presenters

Cliff Jones

Cliff Jones is a human rights activist with over 30 years’ experience in social services, community education, and human rights advocacy. He has experience as a frontline staff, supervisor, project manager, and executive director. He is co-founder of Tools for Diversity, a comprehensive curriculum led by a multi-cultural team that addresses problems caused by discrimination and prejudice and supports building culturally competent organizations. Cliff has served on the Boards of McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, Funding Exchange Foundation, Oregon Minority AIDS Coalition, Multnomah Legal Service Workers Union, and Peer Counseling Community. He has been a trainer for the Black Leadership and Community Development Institute and is a recipient of Nordstrom’s Cultural Diversity Community Service Award.

Barb Gibbs

Barb Gibbs works directly with a wide diversity of client organizations to provide management consulting services. With over 30 years working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, Barbara brings a rich array of experience and wisdom to her capacity building work. Barb holds an MBA in Arts Management from the Graduate School of Management at UCLA.

Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason is Executive Director of Open School, previously Open Meadow, an alternative education program operating three schools and supporting struggling students in three additional public high schools, all in Portland, Oregon. Mason joined Open School in 1995, serving previously as the Associate Director and Director of Transition Programs. He came to Open School to develop the program CRUE (Corps Restoring the Urban Environment) into a full-time alternative education program for high school students.

Guadalupe Guajardo

Guadalupe Guajardo has deep roots in the nonprofit community in Oregon, having worked as a senior consultant with NAO since 1988. She is known for her acute understanding of organizational development issues, as well as her capacity for building meaningful community and individual connections. Prior to her consulting work with NAO, Guadalupe worked as a community organizer and trainer. Guadalupe holds a doctorate in Transformative Learning and Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, an MA/ABS in Organization Development from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, and an MA in Theology from Mt. Angel Seminary. Guadalupe is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary of the USA—Ontario Province, currently headquartered at Marylhurst, Oregon. When not busy at NAO, you can find Guadalupe dancing to country, waltz, and a variety of other music genres, as well as playing the autoharp and mountain dulcimer.

Jerralynn Ness

Part of the Community Action team for 42 years, Jerralynn Ness has guided the organization as Executive Director since 1984. Her dedication to helping struggling families achieve economic security has made her a recognized leader in the local and national effort to eliminate conditions of poverty and create opportunities for people and communities to thrive. Jerralynn’s national experience includes serving for 12 years on the national Community Action Partnership board. She currently serves on the Community Action legal services, or CAPLAW, board of directors, and is a member of the Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) Commission. She earned her own CCAP credential in 2002.

Kay Toran

Ms. Kay D. Toran has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Volunteers of America Oregon (VOAOR) since July, 1999. In this role, Ms. Toran provides overall leadership and strategic direction for this human services non-profit. Prior to joining Volunteers of America Oregon, 1994-1999, Ms. Toran was Director of Oregon’s Services to Children and Families Department, Oregon’s child protective services agency. Ms. Toran’s prior executive positions in Oregon state government include Administrator, the State’s Purchasing Division, Department of General Services; Assistant to Governor Vic Atiyeh and Oregon’s Director of Affirmative Action. She also served on the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Social Work, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University.

Ms. Ramirez Arriaga serves as an independent consultant providing coaching, training, and facilitation to nonprofit organizations. Ms. Arriaga was drawn to building the capacity of individuals and organizations in order to help create social change. This passion is rooted in her binational experience. She was born in Morelos, Mexico, and has lived in Oregon for over 20 years. Ms. Ramirez has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector include program management, advocacy, stakeholder involvement, and change management. As a consultant, she specializes in intercultural strategies to develop innovative sustainable solutions while promoting culturally fluent workplaces.

Rekah Strong

Rekah Strong MSW, is the Chief of Operations and Equity at United Way of the Columbia Willamette. Her primary work is to build, create and sustain a great work culture at United Way. Her role also drives United Way’s internal and external equity values and goals.

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Our online payment system is currently down. To register for this event, please select "I will send payment by check." We will follow up with you regarding payment when this issue has been resolved.

November 12, 2015 | 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Networking & Continental Breakfast at 8:00, Presentation at 8:30
Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor | 721 NW 9th Avenue | Portland, OR 97209

Member Pass Eligible, $50 NAO Members, $85 Nonmembers

Moderator
Cliff Jones, EILN Founder, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon
Barb Gibbs, Senior Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Panelists
Andrew Mason, Executive Director, Open School
Guadalupe Guajardo, Sr. Consultant, Nonprofit Association of Oregon & Founder, Latina Associates for Collaborative Endeavors (LACE)
Jerralynn Ness, Executive Director, Community Action
Kay Toran, President & Chief Executive Officer, Volunteers of America
Nancy Ramirez Arriaga, Nonprofit Consultant
Rekah Strong M.S.W., Chief of Operations & Equity Officer, United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

In 1995 NAO started a the Diversity Leaders Network (now the Equity and Inclusion Leaders Network) to support staff and leaders in nonprofits to increase the diversity and cross cultural effectiveness of those they serve and the makeup of their staff, board and volunteers. Around that same time Portland activists formed organizations such as Latino Network, Basic Rights Oregon, VOZ Workers Education Project, Community Alliance of Tenants, and TACS’s Diversity Leaders Network, now the Equity & Inclusion Leaders Network.

Collectively we have learned a lot in the last two decades. Much has changed and much is the same. How does what we have learned and where we are on this journey point towards our future?

Join EILN’s founders and original champions as well as newer leaders in reflecting on the early work and lessons learned, as well as current challenges, strategies, and visions for an equitable and inclusive future.

NAO Senior Consultant and EILN founder, Cliff Jones, and NAO Senior Consultant Barb Gibbs, will moderate panels of founders, champions and new leaders in this interactive retrospective of our history and path forward.

About the Presenters

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Cliff Jones
Cliff Jones is a human rights activist with over 30 years’ experience in social services, community education, and human rights advocacy. He has experience as a frontline staff, supervisor, project manager, and executive director. He is co-founder of Tools for Diversity, a comprehensive curriculum led by a multi-cultural team that addresses problems caused by discrimination and prejudice and supports building culturally competent organizations. Cliff has served on the Boards of McKenzie River Gathering Foundation, Funding Exchange Foundation, Oregon Minority AIDS Coalition, Multnomah Legal Service Workers Union, and Peer Counseling Community. He has been a trainer for the Black Leadership and Community Development Institute and is a recipient of Nordstrom’s Cultural Diversity Community Service Award.
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Barb Gibbs
Barb Gibbs works directly with a wide diversity of client organizations to provide management consulting services. With over 30 years working in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, Barbara brings a rich array of experience and wisdom to her capacity building work. Barb holds an MBA in Arts Management from the Graduate School of Management at UCLA.
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Andrew Mason
Andrew Mason is Executive Director of Open School, previously Open Meadow, an alternative education program operating three schools and supporting struggling students in three additional public high schools, all in Portland, Oregon. Mason joined Open School in 1995, serving previously as the Associate Director and Director of Transition Programs. He came to Open School to develop the program CRUE (Corps Restoring the Urban Environment) into a full-time alternative education program for high school students.
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Guadalupe Guajardo
Guadalupe Guajardo has deep roots in the nonprofit community in Oregon, having worked as a senior consultant with NAO since 1988. She is known for her acute understanding of organizational development issues, as well as her capacity for building meaningful community and individual connections. Prior to her consulting work with NAO, Guadalupe worked as a community organizer and trainer. Guadalupe holds a doctorate in Transformative Learning and Change from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, an MA/ABS in Organization Development from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, and an MA in Theology from Mt. Angel Seminary. Guadalupe is a member of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary of the USA—Ontario Province, currently headquartered at Marylhurst, Oregon. When not busy at NAO, you can find Guadalupe dancing to country, waltz, and a variety of other music genres, as well as playing the autoharp and mountain dulcimer.
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Jerralynn Ness
Part of the Community Action team for 42 years, Jerralynn Ness has guided the organization as Executive Director since 1984. Her dedication to helping struggling families achieve economic security has made her a recognized leader in the local and national effort to eliminate conditions of poverty and create opportunities for people and communities to thrive. Jerralynn’s national experience includes serving for 12 years on the national Community Action Partnership board. She currently serves on the Community Action legal services, or CAPLAW, board of directors, and is a member of the Certified Community Action Professional (CCAP) Commission. She earned her own CCAP credential in 2002.
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Kay Toran
Ms. Kay D. Toran has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Volunteers of America Oregon (VOAOR) since July, 1999. In this role, Ms. Toran provides overall leadership and strategic direction for this human services non-profit. Prior to joining Volunteers of America Oregon, 1994-1999, Ms. Toran was Director of Oregon's Services to Children and Families Department, Oregon’s child protective services agency. Ms. Toran's prior executive positions in Oregon state government include Administrator, the State's Purchasing Division, Department of General Services; Assistant to Governor Vic Atiyeh and Oregon’s Director of Affirmative Action. She also served on the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Social Work, Graduate School of Social Work, Portland State University.
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Ms. Ramirez Arriaga serves as an independent consultant providing coaching, training, and facilitation to nonprofit organizations. Ms. Arriaga was drawn to building the capacity of individuals and organizations in order to help create social change. This passion is rooted in her binational experience. She was born in Morelos, Mexico, and has lived in Oregon for over 20 years. Ms. Ramirez has 15 years of experience in the nonprofit sector include program management, advocacy, stakeholder involvement, and change management. As a consultant, she specializes in intercultural strategies to develop innovative sustainable solutions while promoting culturally fluent workplaces.
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Rekah Strong
Rekah Strong MSW, is the Chief of Operations and Equity at United Way of the Columbia Willamette. Her primary work is to build, create and sustain a great work culture at United Way. Her role also drives United Way’s internal and external equity values and goals.

NEW! Attend the Series as a Member Pass Holder

We encourage participants to attend the entire Equity & Inclusion Leaders Network series by using a NAO Member Pass. Members must be logged in to their NAO user account to purchase. | Buy Now | Learn More | Become a Member

When
November 12th, 2015 from  8:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Location
Ecotrust Conference Center, 2nd Floor
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Multnomah
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Price $85.00
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