Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging for Consultants Program

In partnership with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, we are excited to introduce the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging (DEIB) for Consultants Program. Focusing on racial equity, this is a virtual cohort-based program designed for nonprofit consultants who are particularly interested in honing their skill and confidence in integrating a racial equity lens into their work with clients.

Over the course of eight virtual sessions, participants will gain insights into the evolving field of DEIB practice, engage with key frameworks, and apply lessons to their own practice, all within a learning community of peers.

Are you interested in building your understanding of and integrating a racial equity lens into your work? If so, are you:

  • A practicing consultant with four or more years of experience?
  • Enthusiastic about deepening the work of your nonprofit clients to create more inclusive and equitable organizational cultures?
  • Excited to learn with and from peers in a cohort-based experience?
  • Curious and willing to explore your practice and personal background?
  • Looking to engage in difficult conversations with peers and prepared to learn through self-reflection?
  • Eager to learn more about systems of oppression and the impact of structural inequities specific to race and ethnicity?

Then this program is for you. Whether your client work focuses on fundraising, financial management, event planning, marketing, or organizational development, this program will help hone your practice. Along with a consideration for race, gender identity and sexual orientation, we aim to select a cohort that is also diverse in functional expertise and experience. Our goal is to help you build your skill, confidence, and knowledge base for the rest of your career.

you will discuss key concepts in DEIB:

  • the role of the consultant in advancing DEIB practices and behaviors with their clients
  • power and privilege
  • othering and belonging
  • antiracism
  • implicit bias

Participants will engage in facilitated peer coaching to surface and problem-solve around situations present in each consultant’s practice using our highly regarded case method model and the principles of appreciative inquiry.

In addition to the sessions, participants will receive a robust set of readings and activities to incorporate into their practice.

Meet the participants

Monique Morimoto"The program provided the space for stimulating, insightful dialogue and discussions on a topic that often feels too big to know where and how to approach it. With our masterful, heart-full facilitators, this cohort of consultants from diverse backgrounds, races, cultures and geography, co-created a rich learning environment that helped me integrate a DEIB lens both personally and professionally"

— Monique Morimoto, Founder and Principal of SoulWorks Coaching

Meet the Trainers

Lisa Holton

Lisa Holton, Senior Fellow, Certificate Program, Institute for Nonprofit Practice

Lisa Holton is a leader with over 25 years of experience in publishing, media, and education in both the public and private sectors. She is on the faculty of the Institute for Non-Profit Practice, and consults with nonprofit organizations on curriculum, content development and publication strategy. She also serves as an advisor and thought partner to Executive Directors and Boards. Holton was the President of Classroom, Inc., an educational technology organization that creates digital leadership and literacy learning games. Previously, Holton was President of Scholastic’s Publishing and Book Fair Divisions where she oversaw the publication of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and originated the industry’s first interactive book and game series, The 39 Clues. She was also the head of the Global Children’s Book Division at the Walt Disney Company, where she co-founded Jump at the Sun, the first African American children’s book imprint at a major publisher and created a global creative center which originated new intellectual property for the company. Holton has worked for over 25 years as a volunteer, facilitator, and board member in service of social justice. She is currently the founding Chair of the board of Friends of Judson, a new nonprofit supporting the arts and justice work of Judson Memorial Church. Most recently, she served as a board member of the Feminist Press, and co-facilitated the Women’s Leadership Council, a 50+ NYC-based women Executive Directors group. She has been part of the New York Women’s Foundation community for over twenty-five years, serving as a board member for twelve years. Holton lives in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Simone John

Simone John, Senior Organizational Development Consultant, TSNE

Simone John is a consultant, writer, and social practice artist based in Boston, MA. Prior to joining the TSNE team Simone spent 5 years at Trinity Boston Connects as the Associate Director of Organizational Equity Practice (OEP), a program that provides consulting, coaching and facilitation for nonprofits striving to become racially equitable institutions. Simone has developed curricula on topics like creating trauma inclusive organizational cultures; group facilitation with a racial equity lens; caucusing 101; and dismantling white supremacy culture in organizations, all scaffolded by three design principles: systems-thinking, relationship building, and trust. Outside work, Simone’s debut poetry collection Testify (Octopus Books, 2017) has been reviewed in The Boston Globe, Bustle, PBS Newshour, Publishers Weekly, and elsewhere.

Cost, Participant, and Program information

The spring 2022 class fee is $1,500. Upon completion, program participants will receive a certificate of professional development from the Institute for Nonprofit Practice. We are grateful for the support of the Barr Foundation and The Boston Foundation in making sure we can offer this program at a reduced cost for all participants.

Participants must commit to attending all eight virtual sessions.

For the purposes of the DEIB for Consultants Program, we are looking for consultants who primarily work with nonprofits to provide expertise, special knowledge, and professional advice to help create growth, improvement, or any change essential to the success of the organization. We are looking for consultants who work with organizations on significant short- and long-term engagements. This program is not designed for consultants whose work consists mostly of one-off types of engagements such as trainings.


If you are interested in future cohorts, please contact trainings@tsne.org