The Impact of Equity: Leaders Activating Change

Kellogg School of Management

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  • 3 days
  • in person

Kellogg School of Management


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Who should attend

  • Nonprofit CEOs, executive directors and senior nonprofit leaders looking to gain an understanding of equity and become an agent for change
  • Nonprofit board members interested in setting strategic direction for equity within their organization

About the course

Nonprofit leaders are often at the forefront of social justice movements. Diversity, equity and inclusion are not just today’s buzz words but serve as a radical call to action for deep systemic change impacting every aspect of the nonprofit organization and community in which you find yourself.

Join us for a three-day intensive exploration of these topics in which you will look within yourself to understand diversity, equity and inclusion. You will explore systemic inequities that are pervasive in our communities as well as analyze your own beliefs and biases that will become the basis for uncovering ways that you can become an agent for change. The curriculum will then shift as you begin to discover ways that you can help your teams and organizations become more equitable through human resources and talent management, communication strategies and how your organization measures outcomes and communicates impact. In addition, you will be introduced to tools and frameworks that can guide the implementation of these concepts within your organization.

Key Benefits

  • Discover how systemic inequities throughout our communities were formed, and make the case for personal and systems change
  • Learn new frameworks around diversity, equity and inclusion, rooted in equity as it relates to race, gender and sexual orientation
  • Understand your responsibility as a change agent in your organization and learn to intervene in specific and tangible ways when faced with inequity
  • Analyze your own beliefs and uncover unconscious biases to identify what it takes to become an ally
  • Explore the concept of an equity audit on your organization’s policies and procedures
  • Be prepared to take actionable steps on systems change in your organization, being held accountable by learning partners after the program concludes

Program Content

Beyond Diversity

  • Identifying dimensions of diversity and understanding the personal and organizational impact when it is rightfully leveraged
  • Learn actionable steps to move beyond diversity to equity

Historical Impact

  • Explore the history of systemic inequity and what it means in today's world
  • Using this historical context as a bridge, uncover why there is need for systems change to address inequity in all dimensions

Biases/Culture/Dynamic of Power

  • Uncover power dynamics that exist throughout organizations which fuel a culture of inequity
  • Lay the foundation to identify patterns of bias within yourself and learn strategies to overcome and create a culture of inclusion
  • Acknowledge and consider your own privilege through frameworks fostering introspection

Mental Wellness Check

  • Reflecting on and exploring your reactions to work related to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Learn self-awareness techniques and gain mindfulness resources to use as you begin your journey in becoming an agent for change

Biases Pt. 2 & HR/Talent Management/Governance

  • Identify barriers to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and shift the focus to creating equitable practices for potential candidates and current employees
  • Explore human capital policies and processes in your own organization and determine what might be contributing to inequity. Begin to identify ways in which your organization can make change
  • Explore realistic and applicable ways in which the work of becoming a more equitable organization can begin with the senior leadership including the board, CEO and decision-makers
  • Workplace, workforce and marketplace

Interpersonal/Intergroup Communication

  • Learn a theoretical framework from which to understand and communicate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in your organization
  • Build strong communication skills including how to talk about equity and inclusion and effectively articulate the need for change with your team and board
  • Practice conversations by role playing with fellow participants

Intentional Impact

  • Learn and apply the Intentional Impact framework to one program or aspect of your organization’s work. Use this to understand and address context, causality and intersections
  • Complete an Impact Promise exercise to identify the current state of one program and its potential outcomes and impact on this and future generations
  • Imagine what the future state of your organization could look like, in light of this framework, and how your community could benefit with a shift in program targeting and intentionality

Metrics & Data

Identify the data collected and necessary for collection in order for your organization to hold itself accountable for progress on diversity and equity goals, both with regard to human capital and program delivery Evaluate the scope of your organization’s measurement strategy. How and what data is collected? Who does the tracking and who gets to see the data? Identify potential collaborators and complementary data sources, community partners and sharing opportunities for progress both within your organization and across your community Determine potential uses for data and insights to fuel progress and impact in diversity, equity and inclusion How to calculate the return on investment for DEI programming and efforts in terms of program impact, recruitment/retention, user experience and beyond Leadership Insights

Develop ideas to implement equity practices within your organization Learn from leaders in the nonprofit sector who are on the journey to bring about change in their sphere of influence

Equitable Institutions

  • Explore an overview of equity and equitable institutions
  • Recognize the benefits of developing an equity mindset for your organization
  • Begin the process of assessing your organization’s capacity to do this work by:
    • Considering how your organization can prioritize equity and who are the logical leaders for this work
    • Thinking through potential barriers you may face in making changes directly related to equity and racial/gender justice
    • Prioritizing which issues/programs/policies your organization will address


Nour Kteily

Nour Kteily is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations. His research investigates how and why power hierarchies between groups emerge and are sustained, and how this influences intergroup relations and prospects for conflict resolution. He is particularly interested in investigatin...

Nicholas Pearce

A scholar, speaker, entrepreneur, and pastor, Dr. Nicholas Pearce (@napphd) serves as an award-winning Clinical Professor of Management & Organizations at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management and as the founder and chief executive officer of The Vocati Group, a boutique glob...

Elise Madrick Townsend

Elise Madrick Townsend - Academic Director; Senior Program Administrator

Jennifer Paul

The Director, Nonprofit Executive Programs leads a team of Executive Education professionals, including the Associate Program Director, Senior Project Coordinator and Program Managers and relevant Kellogg School faculty in the planning, development, marketing and evaluation of Kellogg’s nonprofit...

Michelle Bess

Michelle Y. Bess serves as the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Director at Sprout Social, focusing on efforts to ensure all people feel a sense of belonging and that their voices are heard. Prior to Sprout Social, Michelle worked in college persistence at OneGoal and Posse Chicago. Michelle att...

Amy Hauenstein

Amy J. Hauenstein is the Director of Curriculum and Non-Degree Programs for the MSC program and Adjunct Faculty for the program. She is an experienced academic program administrator and manager, with expertise in formal and informal curriculum development, andragogy, and executive education. Her ...

Omari Keeles

Originally from Oakland, CA, Omari earned a B.S. in Psychology from Howard University and an M.P.H. from The George Washington University Milken Institute of Public Health. After completing his M.P.H., Omari was a public health analyst at the American Public Health Association and a research and ...

Ish Faith Orkar

Ish Orkar joined the University in March 2018. Before joining Northwestern, Ish worked as an attorney for 8 years with experience in private practice, legal aid and small firm environments. Ish is also a clinical social worker and spent a significant part of her career providing crisis intervent...

Tom Alexander

Education Northwestern University Degree NameMPPAField Of StudyPublic Policy Administration Dates attended or expected graduation2008 – 2011 University of Chicago Degree NameBAField Of StudyPolitical Science Dates attended or expected graduation1996 – 2000 Rock Bridge High School Degree NameHig...

Tiffany McDowell

Tiffany McDowell is a community psychologist, researcher, and thought leader committed to identifying and eliminating systems that push people to the margins of society. I understand the multiple ways that our current structures create barriers to wellness. My passion for social justice and equit...

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