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Leading with Racial Equity: Transformational Governance Board Series

October 31, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm

September 26, 2020, 9:00am – 12:30pm EST
October 31, 2020, 9:00am – 12:30pm EST
November 21, 2020, 9:00am – 12:30pm EST

Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D. Principal, Nonprofit Solutions Associates;Coleen K. Walker, MSLOC, SHRM-CP



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Leading with Racial Equity -Transformational Governance:
How to Strengthen Your Board with Action Steps

A cutting-edge training series with Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D. Principal, Nonprofit Solutions Associates; and Coleen Walker, Board Co-Chair, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation

As the protests against police brutality sweep the country, many nonprofits have sent out statements about their support of and the need for racial equity to their stakeholders. Moving beyond the statements, Boards are now preparing to look within their walls for change. In what ways can your board address racial equity issues? How can your board use a racial equity lens when recruiting for new board members? What are effective strategies to build a genuinely inclusive board team and culture, improving your board’s ability to carry out the organization’s strategic directions? Using innovative and cutting-edge practices, how can your board best strengthen its policies, practices, and board culture using a racial equity lens???

In this highly experiential, virtual training series, board teams will gain the following:?

  • Strategies to begin conversations about racial equity within your board
  • Concrete approaches to improve governance practices using a racial equity lens?
  • Action steps for building a board culture which supports an inclusive and racially diverse board?
  • Practical tools to help your board increase its accountability and engagement with the diverse communities it serves

This “state of the art,” three-session series, is designed explicitly for CDC boards and other community development/affordable housing organizations. The training series will be offered to three to five organizations, including 3-5 board members with their executive directors (each ED and Board Member should be registered separately). An online board assessment will be conducted before the training series to help customize the training series to the participating organizations’ specific needs. The confidential board assessment results will be provided to the respective participating boards as a tool for continued board practice improvement beyond the training series. The sessions will be held once a month on three Saturdays to allow for time between sessions to implement learned practices:?Sept 26, Oct 31, and Nov 21 from 9 AM-12:30 PM. Space is limited, and registration is open until Friday, Aug 28, 2020.

About the Trainers:

Judy Freiwirth, Psy.D. Principal, Nonprofit Solutions Associates

Judy Freiwirth is nationally known as a leading consultant, trainer, speaker and thought leader in the field of governance and board development. She has been training and consulting to community-based and social change organizations for over 30 years. She has worked with many CDC’s, community development, affordable housing, and tenant rights organizations in Massachusetts as well as nationally. She also has a long history of community, grassroots, progressive organizing and brings a hands-on perspective to her work with nonprofits. She is the Founder and Chair of the Alliance for Nonprofit Management’s national network of consultants, researchers, management support organizations, and other capacity builders focused on developing new models of governance and research-based practice. She has also published numerous articles and publications on governance including The Nonprofit Quarterly and is a contributing author for two nonprofit books, Nonprofit Governance: Innovative Perspectives and Approaches and You and Your Board: New Practices for Challenging Times from Researchers, Provocateurs, and Practitioners. She serves on the Editorial board of the Journal of Nonprofit Education and Leadership.

Coleen Walker, Board Co-Chair, Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation

Coleen Walker is a visionary entrepreneur that drives positive leadership through her commitment to serve individuals, teams, and organizations. She is the Co-Chair of the Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation Board of Directors, an organization with the mission to promote economic stability for low and moderate-income residents of all ages.? With over 20 years of professional experience, her expertise focuses on learning and development, organizational change, and recruiting and hiring. For the last 14 years, she has owned CKW Management Inc, a company specializing in management consulting for small businesses and events. She has a master’s degree in leadership and organizational change from Regis College. She has a certificate in nonprofit consulting and a Certified Professional of Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM-CP).

Registration deadline: Friday, September 11, 2020
Registration fee: $175 Regular, $150 MACDC Member (Tuition is per Board Member)



October 31, 2020
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm