Webinar Recap - Managing Discomfort: Tough Conversations about Identity to Strengthen your Work

Have you ever faced challenges navigating your identity at work? Could your organization explore more deeply what equity and inclusion look like inside its doors? View this recap to explore the relationship between identity and social justice in the workplace, and how internal workplace dynamics around power and identity impact an organization’s capacity to work externally for change. The session analyzed how race, ethnicity, class, gender, sexual orientation and (dis)ability factor into philanthropic work on the personal, organizational and systemic levels. Participants left the session with a better understanding of the realities of engaging across lines of difference and how to influence their institution’s work for systemic change. 

About the Presenters:


Nicola Chin has over 10 years of organizing, advocacy, electoral engagement, training, and management experience. She serves as a thought and action partner helping organizations to operationalize their vision and values into their day to day work. Nicola works with teams to increase their impact by building stronger leadership development, strategies and process, and integrating practices of diversity, equity and inclusion into all aspects of their work. You can learn more about Nicola's work at www.upwithcommunity.org. Nicola lives in the town she loves - Lewiston, Maine - with her husband, Ben.



Althea Gonzalez is an independent consultant supporting nonprofits and philanthropic institutions.  She is also project manager at Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees, supporting initiatives with a focus on the southeastern US. Previously, she served as the North Carolina program manager for Hispanics in Philanthropy. She has served as board member of the NC Center for Nonprofits and as co-chair of the Equity & Inclusion Group of the NC Network of Grantmakers.

Althea received an M.A. from NC State University and a B.A. from the University of Chicago. Born and raised in Miami, Althea is the proud daughter of Cuban immigrants and grateful mother of a musical genius. She lives in Asheville, North Carolina.


Jeanné L. L. Isler joined NCRP in March 2014 as field director and is responsible for ensuring NCRP maintains deep partnerships and a vibrant presence throughout the philanthropic and nonprofit sectors. She also leads signature initiatives such as the NCRP Impact Awards and Philanthropy's Promise, and oversees membership growth and engagement. Jeanné is currently serving on the interim leadership working group for the Within Our Lifetime Network to end racism, partnering with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and others. Immediately before joining NCRP, Jeanné served as Director of U.S. Programs at Search for Common Ground, where she led national initiatives including Congressional Conversations on Race. Earlier in her career, Jeanné worked to pro­mote an assis­tance pro­gram for military ser­vice mem­bers and their fam­i­lies. She also worked with youth at a com­mu­nity medi­a­tion cen­ter, and as a community organizer. Jeanné holds a B.S. from Washington University and an M.A. from Antioch University.


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