Tuesday, November 12
9:30 A.M. to 10:30 A.M.
Free Livestream from TSNE's Annual ConferencE
Presenters: Kelly Bates, Interaction Institute for Social Change, Safi Jiroh, LeaderSpring Center, Shaheer Mustafa, HopeWell, and John Smith, TSNE MissionWorks
Embedding equity and inclusion in organizations is increasingly a priority for many nonprofits. Still, with a host of new research and learning on how to structure our policies and practices to support this work, many leaders struggle to maintain momentum toward achieving these goals. In this session, we will explore the gaps between our aspirations and reality, and share strategies to build pathways to developing effective organizational practices that move us toward a more diverse and equitable sector.
About the Speakers
As president, Kelly leads the strategic direction of Interaction Institute for Social Change and supports its dynamic and diverse team of consultants and trainers to meet the organization’s highest aspirations for social change and racial equity. Kelly is a social changer, nonprofit civic leader, and lawyer who for more than twenty years has led advocacy, organizing, racial justice, and women’s organizations promoting collaboration, equity, and civic engagement, both locally and nationally. She seeks each day to develop the heart, skills, and mindset to be a facilitative leader and civic innovator for progressive movement building across the country and in communities.
Safi is the Deputy Director of LeaderSpring Center in Oakland, Calif. and brings more than 25 years of experience in the public and nonprofit sectors as a leader, grant maker, consultant, and certified integral coach. In her 13 year tenure with the City of Oakland’s Cultural Arts Division and Commission, she was an arts funder, leadership and organizational capacity builder, public policy analyst, facilitator, cultural equity strategist, and strategic planner. Her leadership positions in the Bay Area have also included: Executive Director of the Marcus Foster Ed Fund; Community Faculty Fellow with the Center for Art and Public Life at the California College of the Arts.
Shaheer is the President and CEO of HopeWell, the largest nonprofit provider of comprehensive foster care in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Shaheer is also a Core Instructor with the Institute for Nonprofit Practice in affiliation with the Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts University and serves as the Vice Chair for the Children’s League of Massachusetts. He previously served on the leadership team at the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families where he was responsible for child protection services across 31 cities and towns in Metro Boston. He received a B.S. in Sociology and a Master’s in Clinical Social Work from Boston College, is certified as a Diversity Practitioner from Cornell’s School of Industrial Labor Relations and is widely regarded as an innovative leader in the sector.
John is the Director of Programs at TSNE MissionWorks. He brings extensive experience in the nonprofit, government, education and advocacy fields. He served as the Policy Analyst in the Mayor’s Office of Economic Development for the City of Boston, where he managed major economic development policy initiatives. Before his government experience, John also worked at the Fair Housing Center of Greater Boston, the Hyams Foundation’s Youth Policy Initiative, the Tennessee Department of Health, and at several universities managing service learning and other student-centered programs.