As part of the new lecture series, Conversations with …, the Diversity and Inclusion Initiative of Third Sector New England hosted a presentation by Dr. Michael Eric Dyson for the region’s nonprofit community. The professor, CNN commentator, author and pundit spoke of the central role diversity and inclusion play in building cohesive and effective organizations – and strong communities.

He shared his insights on issues such as the politics of inclusion; the privilege of invisibility; institutional perpetuation of racism; challenging other “isms”; stereotypes and forms of bigotry; and rethinking the paradigm of race, bias, and class prejudice vs. concentrated poverty.

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OR What If You Held a Three-Hour Webinar and Nobody Stayed?

Third Sector New England is offering a new training series to help nonprofits navigate the economic downturn — and use this time of change to decide if they need to retool and refocus their strategic direction. The trainings, which are three hours in length, are being offered for free to people anywhere in the country.

Therefore, we are offering these sessions as both an in-person opportunity and as a hybrid webinar or conference call. Obviously, webinars are rarely more than an hour in length. So we are grappling with how to:

  • Make this venture affordable for us (as the minute plan could break the bank quickly).
  • More important, make the webinar experience useful, educational and enjoyable for remote participants.
  • Make sure the remote feature adds to and does not detract from the experience for in-person attendees.

Have any of you dealt with turning a long training workshop into a shorter webinar or call-in experience for remote participants? How have you structured these trainings, so that the remote folks could sign off in a place that gave them a fulfilling experience and caused the least disruption for the presenter and in-person participants?

Or have you found that people were willing to participate for a two- or three-hour training?
I look forward to your insights.

patbrandes.jpgPatricia Brandes (Senior Advisor, Barr Foundation) presents on leadership from a funder’s perspective. She is a philanthropist shaping programs to support the nonprofit leaders of today and tomorrow. Among the many programs and initiatives that she has pioneered at the Barr Foundation, a family foundation focusing on Boston and the quality of life of its residents, Pat designed and oversees the Barr Fellowship, a cross-cultural executive network with global connections.

Prior to the Barr Foundation, she was the chief operating officer of the United Way of Massachusetts Bay. She also oversaw Success by Six, a highly successful strategy to organize business leaders to advocate on behalf of the Commonwealth’s young children. Pat has served on the advisory boards of several black church efforts including The Black Church Capacity Building Project and The Black Ministerial Alliance’s after-school programs, as well as other nonprofit boards. She is a founding member of “My Sister’s Keeper,” a human rights initiative working in Southern Sudan to rebuild war-torn communities through the empowerment of women and girls. The initiative is now also engaged in organizing African-American, Sudanese and Muslim women in the United States to end the genocide in Darfur.

Recorded at the 2007 Nonprofit Workout Luncheon Plenary, “Leadership: A Shared Responsibility.” Introduction by Deb Linnell (Mission Effectiveness Program Director, Third Sector New England), session moderated by Karen Gaskins Jones (Principal, JLH Associates).

Listen to the interview (17:50):

or Download (17:50, MP3, 12.2MB)

Or read the transcript at http://www.tsne.org/articles/foundationsroleinleadership.

elena-letona.jpg Elena Letona (Executive Director, Centro Presente, Inc.) discusses leadership from the executive director’s view. With equal parts of dedication and savvy, Elena leads Centro Presente, Inc., a member-driven, statewide organization, in its efforts to achieve the self-determination of the Central and Latin American immigrant communities of Massachusetts. She is also a founding member of the National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities, and executive committee member of the Salvadoran-American National Network. Elena has received numerous awards including the 2006 “Drylongso Award” that recognizes “outstanding individuals for their work challenging structural racism and working to build a just society” and a 2007 award from the Hispanic National Bar Association “for her outstanding contribution to New England’s Hispanic community.” She is a 2005 Barr fellow.

Recorded at the 2007 Nonprofit Workout Luncheon Plenary, “Leadership: A Shared Responsibility.” Introduction by Deb Linnell (Mission Effectiveness Program Director, Third Sector New England), session moderated by Karen Gaskins Jones (Principal, JLH Associates).

Listen to the interview (10:20):

or Download (10:20, MP3, 7.1MB)

Or read the transcript at http://www.tsne.org/articles/power_from_constituents.

chrystalkornegay.jpg Chrystal Kornegay (Deputy Director, Urban Edge) presents on emerging leadership. Chrystal has filled several roles at Urban Edge, one of New England’s premier community development corporations, including interim executive director and director of real estate. With 15 years of experience in the community development field, she is currently responsible for all of Urban Edge’s major program areas including affordable housing development, property management and community programs. She is a graduate of MIT, UMASS Boston’s Emerging Leaders and NCCJ’s LeadBoston.

Recorded at the 2007 Nonprofit Workout Luncheon Plenary, “Leadership: A Shared Responsibility.” Introduction by Deb Linnell (Mission Effectiveness Program Director, Third Sector New England), session moderated by Karen Gaskins Jones (Principal, JLH Associates).

Listen to the interview (10:00):

or Download (10:00, MP3, 6.9MB)

Or read the transcript at http://www.tsne.org/articles/new_nonprofit_leaders.