Welcome to Elevate, a unique virtual conference on equity. In our organization, there is no skill more critical than the ability to leverage our human capital. By optimizing our EQUITY, DIVERSITY, and INCLUSION, we enhance our capacity to increase impact and mission attainment - goals that we are all working hard to achieve!

Please use this page to log in to the conference daily. We are excited to bring you more than 16 live and on-demand sessions, a resource library, steps to create your own equity plan, and an opportunity to build your own personal and professional network.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Available On Demand

Defining DEI: A Look at the Current State of Equity and the Barriers that Exist

Michael Watson Michael Watson Human Resources Executive

This session will take a look at how far we as a society have come when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion and will dive into how much work we still have to do.

Available On Demand

Understanding How Empathy Supports Mission-Driven Culture

kelly-Pallanti Kelly Pallanti Founder/CEO, HR Nonprofit Consulting LLC

Empathy is one of the most underdeveloped skills for communicating, building trust, influencing, and resolving conflicts. I will explore how mastering this valuable tool can increase your emotional intelligence and give you the power to have a positive impact on your organization’s vision of a mission-driven culture.

1:00 - 1:30 p.m. CST - Opening Keynote

A Bold Dream: Creating a World that Works for Everyone

Dr. Shakti Butler Dr. Shakti Butler Founder & President, World Trust

We invite you to begin this conference with an open heart and mind; to realize that almost every problem we face in the world today is a result of "othering" the ways we frame all our conflicts, at every level, as a function of group-based difference. This brief keynote address by Dr. Shakti Butler will set the tone for three days of moving away from othering, and toward a world of belonging, where we are all seen, where we all participate and contribute to our society.

3:00 - 4:00 p.m. CST (Semi-Live - Live Discussion Starting at 3:30 p.m.)

DARE TO BE DAUNTLESS - A Closer Look at the Systems of Inequity, Bias, Privilege, and how We as a Global Community Can Heal

Dr. Shakti Butler Amikaeyla Gaston Founder and Executive Director, International Cultural Arts & Healing Sciences Institute

What does it take to be bold enough to find and express your true voice and really be heard? To embrace transformation and live dynamically by accessing your own authenticity each moment of each day? To inspire others to live their own empowered purpose and transcend daily trials with love and joy? We will look at how our unconscious biases affect our interpersonal and organizational behaviors. And we will embrace how personal and communal healing gives us the emotional fortitude we need in each moment to unleash your courage, bring forth your passionate spirit, and be a healing force that holds the power to uplift and transform us ALL. Explore and experience DARE TO BE DAUNTLESS with soul-stirring speaker and award-winning singer Amikaeyla Gaston.

6:15 - 6:30 p.m. CST

Why Equity Matters - The Business Imperative

Susan Tomlinson Susan Tomlinson Schmidt MPA, CNP President, Nonprofit Leadership Alliance

There clearly is a moral imperative to equity work, but for those who live by the numbers, is there truly a business imperative? Join us for this quick look at how to build the “case” for equity work.

6:30 - 7:30 p.m. CST

Virtual Alliance Management Institute Career Networking

Attendees earning the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential have an opportunity to network with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s Workforce Partners in the Exhibit Hall.

Available On Demand

Moving Night: "Cracking the Codes"

We hope you enjoy this movie provided complimentary to you by the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. You can watch the movie anytime between April 18-20 by clicking the link above and using the code: elevate with CTC.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Available On Demand

Critical Conversations: Build Your Capacity to Discuss Equity

Andrew Plumley Andrew Plumley Equity in the Center
Andrew Plumley Kristen Lucas ProInspire

In this session you will learn self-management tactics to navigate critical conversations and conflict; identify triggers and challenges to addressing conflict (specifically around equity); increase awareness of interaction between personal identity and conflict and be ready to make a commitment to engage in critical conversations around equity.

Available On Demand

Organizational Assessment: Do Your Policies, Practices, Procedures and Programs Align with Your Commitment to Equity and Inclusion?

Chad Nico Hiu Chad Nico Hiu Director of Diversity & Inclusion, YMCA of the USA
Available On Demand

Breaking Barriers!

Leslie Drish Leslie Drish Manager, Diversity and Inclusion, Tyson Foods

This session will explore some of the barriers that exist that prevent people from working together. It will show how barriers can manifest and what non-profit leaders can do to support everyone in their communities. It will give some real-world examples of some challenges that non-profits face engaging some populations and what strategies were used to remove those barriers.

Available On Demand

Developing Your Equity Strategy: Step-Wise Plan to Incorporate Equity in Your Work

Mary Morten Mary Morten President, Morten Group
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. CST - Townhall Discussion

Equity in Hiring Practices

 Melissa Madzel Melissa Madzel Vice President, Executive Search, Koya Leadership Partners
Jen Chau Fontan Jen Chau Fontan Coach and DEI/Talent Consulstant , JCF Coaching
Tamika Mason Tamika Mason CEO, Building for Mission
Miriam McBride Miriam McBride Talent + Growth Strategy Advisor

Join a conversation about ways to make hiring practices -- including search strategy, marketing, recruitment, interviewing, evaluations, offers, negotiations and beyond -- more equitable. We'll discuss ways to consider equity in hiring, how it differs or overlaps with diversity and inclusion, recommended practices and lessons learned from some nonprofit talent veterans.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. CST

Religious Diversity in the Workplace

Andy Hoffman Andy Hoffman Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston
Greg Han Greg Han Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston

This session will engage participants in religious demographics and attitudes affecting the American workplace. The presentation will include organizational tactics and best practices for managing religious and ethnic diversity. The session will be capped with an exploration of a case-study through a virtual chat-based discussion.

5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST

Roudtable Discussions

Interrupting Racism

Evangeline Weiss Evangeline Weiss Leadership Programs Director, National LGBTQ Taskforce

Setting Your Personal Commitment to Equity

Jamie Smith Jamie Smith Executive Director, YNPN

Strategies to Support Veterans in the Workplace

Pernell Bush Pernell Bush President/Founder, No Limit Health and Education
John Rorke John Rorke Nonprofit Research and Evaluation Manager
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. CST

Virtual Alliance Management Institute Career Networking

Attendees earning the Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential have an opportunity to network with the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s Workforce Partners in the Exhibit Hall.

Available On Demand

Movie Night: "Woke Up Black"

We hope you enjoy this movie provided complimentary to the first 25 attendees. You can watch the movie anytime between April 18-20 by clicking the link above and using the code: WUBNLA. Please note that users will either have to log in or set up an account on vimeo to enter the code and view the film.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Available On Demand

Intersectionality: Defining and Unraveling this Complex Issue

Evangeline Weiss Evangeline Weiss Leadership Programs Director, National LGBTQ Taskforce
Available On Demand

Creating Allies to Achieve Diversity

Evangeline Weiss Evangeline Weiss Leadership Programs Director, National LGBTQ Taskforce

This is a part two session from Evangeline's Intersectionality presentation that will cover how to become an ally.

Available On Demand

Microagressions : How Seemingly Small Acts Create Inequity

Lisa Gilmore Lisa Gilmore Project Manager, Morten Group
Available On Demand

Gender Equity in the Social Sector: Hashtag vs. Movement

Monique Monique B. Jones President & CEO, Evanston Community Foundation

While we all know the issue of gender equity existed long before a hashtag made its way to social media, how can we harness this attention and bring the issue to bare in our various environments, where we work, play and love in order to create a more just and inclusive world? Walk away with practical tips: from using your voice for change, imparting knowledge and data and the realities of taking radical self-care when working in this space. Gender Equity is everyone's problem, yet the social sector often bears the brunt of correcting it. What part will you play?

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. CST Live Presentation and Discussion

Working Toward Racial Equity: Naming, Framing, and Dismantling Institutional Racism

Vanessa Lopez Dr. Vanessa Lopez-Littleton Assistant Professor, California State University
Brandi Blessett Dr. Brandi Blessett Assistant Professor, Rutgers University

This session explores several fundamental causes of inequities in nonprofit organizations. Using anti-racism principles and theories, participants will engage in an interactive discussion to develop their racial consciousness in an effort to name, frame, and dismantle racism. All are vital steps in promoting racial equity.

12:00 - 12:20 p.m. CST - Townhall Discussion

Privilege: How Privilege Affects Both Those With and Those Without

Jackie MartinezChad Nico HiuDirector of Diversity and Inclusion, YMCA of the USA

Privilege is a word that sparks all types of reactions in today’s world. Our reality - for all of us - is shaped and influenced by the spaces in which we each experience or are hindered by our own privilege or lack there of . As we work to advance diversity, equity and inclusion efforts, we have a responsibility to be aware of our own lens on life, associated biases and blind spots and how our own privilege influences access to power and ability to advance organizational, institutional and societal equity across the nonprofit sector and beyond. Be an Equity, D&I ‘gladiator’! Let’s talk privilege.

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CST (semi-live)

Creating a Culture of Equity

Michael Gonzales Michael Gonzales Director of Diversity & Inclusion, Hallmark Cards
4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST - Closing Keynote (semi-live)

Everyone Leads: Equity at the Table

Paul Schmitz Paul Schmitz CEO, Leading Inside Out, LLC

Paul Schmitz will share experience from his 25 years of work in leadership and community development, and how equity and racial equity need to be central to both in order to achieve significant and lasting impact.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. You do not need to download or install any software to participate. You only need to have access to the internet.
You will have access to login starting April 18th using the email address you used to register for the event.
Send an email to tech@vfairs.com for any technical assistance.
This is an online event. You do not have to travel to any specific location. You can participate anywhere that you have Internet access. The event is accessible from desktop, mobile and tablet devices.
Social impact leaders across sectors with the addition of learners using the conference to satisfy requirements for the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance’s Certified Nonprofit Professional (CNP) credential.
Many of our presenters have shared their presentation as well as other resources. Please view their session in the Auditorium to see if they have made resources available. Additionally, there is a link to the on-demand presentations at the bottom of the On-Demand section in the Auditorium. We also encourage you to continue to view the Resource Library as we are continuously updating it with resources shared during the conference.
Absolutely. We are counting on you to invite others! Help us spread the word. They can continue to register using this link - https://www.eventbrite.com/e/elevate-a-virtual-conference-on-equity-tickets-39233089226
The event will remain open 24/7 for three days. Therefore, you can attend whenever it’s convenient for you during this period of time. All live sessions are available on-demand 2 hours following the session. The conference platform will also remain open to you up to 3 months after the close of the conference.