Navigating DEI Backlash


McCaw Hall September 17, 2024 10:00 am - 11:00 am

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Cheryl Dorsey
Joseph Sciortino

The quest for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is under threat and nonprofit and philanthropic sectors are at heightened risk for lawsuits challenging DEI measures. This session will probe what nonprofit leadership can do to retain gains, address challenges proactively and reassure their broad constituencies including staff, grantees, and others in their ecosystems that their commitment to DEI is unwavering.

Join Cheryl Dorsey, president of Echoing Green, and Joe Sciortino, executive director of the Schmidt Family Foundation in an open dialogue addressing setbacks and sharing strategies for dismantling barriers to DEI. Learn how your organization and community can continue to work towards creating environments where all individuals feel valued, respected, and empowered to reach their full potential.