Nonprofit leaders must work to create and foster inclusive work environments, address social and economic disparities, and engage diverse communities in their programming and organizations. The path to achieve greater equity is not always clear, and the work can be isolating.

NAO’s Equity and Inclusion Leaders Network (EILN) brings nonprofit leaders together to share best practices, connect with peers, and engage in deeper learning with thought leaders. Join us for this season’s EILN programming to learn how to lead, integrate, and practice equity, inclusion, and systemic change within your organization. This series of seven sessions is designed for nonprofit leaders, staff, board members, and volunteers and is open to any nonprofit leader who wants to learn more about best practices and advancing equity and inclusion.

2018 - 2019 Equity & Inclusion Leaders Network Schedule (PDX)

October 11 Dismantling Workplace Barriers for Transgender & Non-Binary People
Presented by: Rhodes Perry, Founder & CEO – Rhodes Perry Consulting, LLC and Jax Wheatley, CPA – Rainbow Tax and Accounting
November 8 Leading & Operationalizing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Nonprofits
Presented by: Rekah Strong, Executive Director - Education Opportunities for Children and Families (EOCF)
December 13 How Systems Support and Impede Diversity, Equity and Inclusion 
Presented by: Cliff Jones, Senior Consultant - Nonprofit Association of Oregon
January 10 Independence, not “Neutrality”: Embracing Nonprofit Political Advocacy
Presented by: Robin Ye, Lead Political Organizer – Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO)
February 14 Challenges & Opportunities in Action: How to Recognize & Intervene when Microaggressions Occur
Presented by: Alanna Hein, Consultant - Hein Consulting Group
March 14 (Rescheduled from Dec.13) People Building Inclusive Cultures: An Exploration of Prevalent Mental Models and Paradigms
Presented by: Eric Buenrostro Azúa, Head of People and Culture - Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI)
April 11 From Oppression to Leadership – A Liberation Methodology
Presented by: Carolina Castañeda del Río, President & Founder - Evolve International Consulting
May 9 How Donor-Centrism Perpetuates Inequality: Why We Must Move Towards Community-Centric Fundraising
Presented by: Carla Penn-Hopson, Major Gifts Officer - Self Enhancement, Inc. 

All sessions take place between 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. on the dates above. Informal networking begins at 8:30 a.m. with the presentation starting at 9:00 a.m. 

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


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Not sure if this series is right for you? Call our Training Coordinator at 503-239-4001, ext. 123 or email