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Nonprofit Leaders Network

Managing Difficult Conversations around Equity

Ecotrust Conference Center 721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland

About this event

Cliff Jones, Senior Consultant
Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Presentation & Continental Breakfast at 8:00
Networking at 9:30

Why do organizational conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion often become difficult? Here are some of the challenges that we’ve heard:

“I’m scared. I’m angry. You insulted me. I can’t believe you said that. I don’t know what you want to be called. What difference will it make for us to talk about this? Why is everyone so quiet? This is hard. How do we have this conversation in a way that builds connection? We need to take action. What are the key outcomes we are trying to achieve? How do we deal with power differentials? How do we deal with folks at different levels of awareness? How do we deal with folks with blind spots about their own challenges who feel their key role is to teach others? How do I increase my skill level? How do I lead this work? What has worked for other people? Why do I avoid this topic? How do I build on what I already know? What if I make a mistake? I don’t like conflict. Don’t tell me what to do. Ask me what I need. This is too touchy feely. I don’t want to be criticized. Why are you so defensive?”

Does any of this sound familiar? Most efforts to advance organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion involve very challenging conversations. The more we are equipped to engage in and guide these conversations the more success we are likely to have in moving from talk to action to desired outcomes.

This session of EDN will focus on skills for engaging in and guiding difficult conversations related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will explore:

  • Three baseline skills for advancing diversity and equity
  • Seven strategies for engaging in and guiding these difficult conversations
  • Applying skills and strategies in actual conversations
  • Guiding conversations with Board, staff members, and clients or within the community

About the Presenter

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.

About the Network

Executive Directors Network is designed to strengthen your management skills while providing field-tested concepts and tools to take back to your organization for implementation. In addition to skills development, each session allows for networking and peer coaching in a collaborative learning environment.

Become a Season Pass Holder

We encourage organizations and individuals to attend the entire series by purchasing a season pass. Season pass holders save up to $40 off of the individual session registration fees and are pre-registered for all eight network sessions (listed on the right).

Purchase a season pass today!

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Cliff Jones, Senior Consultant
Nonprofit Association of Oregon

Presentation & Continental Breakfast at 8:00
Networking at 9:30

Why do organizational conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion often become difficult? Here are some of the challenges that we’ve heard:

“I’m scared. I’m angry. You insulted me. I can’t believe you said that. I don’t know what you want to be called. What difference will it make for us to talk about this? Why is everyone so quiet? This is hard. How do we have this conversation in a way that builds connection? We need to take action. What are the key outcomes we are trying to achieve? How do we deal with power differentials? How do we deal with folks at different levels of awareness? How do we deal with folks with blind spots about their own challenges who feel their key role is to teach others? How do I increase my skill level? How do I lead this work? What has worked for other people? Why do I avoid this topic? How do I build on what I already know? What if I make a mistake? I don’t like conflict. Don’t tell me what to do. Ask me what I need. This is too touchy feely. I don’t want to be criticized. Why are you so defensive?”

Does any of this sound familiar? Most efforts to advance organizational diversity, equity, and inclusion involve very challenging conversations. The more we are equipped to engage in and guide these conversations the more success we are likely to have in moving from talk to action to desired outcomes.

This session of EDN will focus on skills for engaging in and guiding difficult conversations related to diversity, equity, and inclusion. We will explore:

  • Three baseline skills for advancing diversity and equity
  • Seven strategies for engaging in and guiding these difficult conversations
  • Applying skills and strategies in actual conversations
  • Guiding conversations with Board, staff members, and clients or within the community

About the Presenter

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.

About the Network

Executive Directors Network is designed to strengthen your management skills while providing field-tested concepts and tools to take back to your organization for implementation. In addition to skills development, each session allows for networking and peer coaching in a collaborative learning environment.

Become a Season Pass Holder

We encourage organizations and individuals to attend the entire series by purchasing a season pass. Season pass holders save up to $40 off of the individual session registration fees and are pre-registered for all eight network sessions (listed on the right).

Purchase a season pass today!

When
October 2nd, 2013 from  8:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Location
Ecotrust Conference Center
721 NW 9th Avenue
Portland, OR 97209
Event Fee(s)
NAO Members $22.50
Nonmembers $25.00
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City Portland
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Topic Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility
Presenter Cliff Jones
Event Region Metropolitan Portland
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