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Nonprofit Leadership and Racial Equity: Report from the Building Movement Project/Race to Lead Survey and Panel Discussion

  • February 23, 2021
  • 8:45 AM - 10:30 AM
  • Zoom Meeting
  • 124


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The nonprofit sector has a racial leadership gap. Studies have tracked the small percentage of people of color in Executive Director/CEO roles for years. Efforts to support and train and inspire and mold aspiring leaders of color are important…but they’re not enough to move the dial towards more diverse leadership.


Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, co-director of the Building Movement Project will report on the Key Findings of the 2019 Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap:

  • The findings of the original race to lead report still hold three years later: Findings point to greater awareness of the problem of lack of People of Color in leadership positions but a lack of change in actual conditions.
  • There is a white advantage in the nonprofit sector
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts are widespread and their effectiveness is uncertain

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Sean will facilitate a panel discussion with nonprofit leaders of color who will discuss their experiences:

  • Karen Cheeks-Lomax, Esq. CEO, My Sisters' Place
  • Maria Imperial, Esq. CEO, YWCA, White Plains & Central Westchester
  • Damyn Kelly, J.D.; PhD, President and CEO, Lutheran Social Services of NY
  • Theo Oshiro, MS, Deputy Director, Make the Road New York


Let’s work on this together and come away with an actionable plan. 

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