Own Your Past, Shape Your Future

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Own Your Past: Shape Your Future

What would it look like if we had a comprehensive understanding of who we are and where we have come from as nonprofit organizations? Could this allow us to evolve, adapt, and ensure relevance in today’s climate? This series will explore alternative approaches to organizational structure, leadership models, and succession planning as a way to empower new leadership, embody inclusivity, and foster equity while furthering the organization’s mission.

  • How Did We Get Here? Understanding the History of Nonprofit Culture

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 07/17/2019

    What would it look like if we had a comprehensive understanding of who we are and where we have come from as nonprofit organizations? Could this allow us to evolve, adapt, and ensure relevance in today’s climate? This webinar, the first of a three-part series, will reflect on the history of nonprofits and institutional norms, providing greater context for the structures that we work within. From this framework, the following two webinars will explore alternative approaches to organizational structure, leadership models, and succession planning as a way to empower new leadership, embody inclusivity, and foster equity while furthering the organization’s mission.

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    July 17, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    Nonprofits are tasked with creating change, inspiring and cultivating future leaders and providing critical resources for healthy community development. However, they are often underfunded and understaffed, conditioning them to act from a place of scarcity or familiarity in pursuit of their mission. With this comes a limited set of possibilities. 

    What would it look like if we had a comprehensive understanding of who we are and where we have come from as nonprofit organizations? Could this allow us to evolve, adapt, and ensure relevance in today’s climate? This webinar, the first of a three-part series, will reflect on the history of nonprofits and institutional norms, providing greater context for the structures that we work within. From this framework, the following two webinars will explore alternative approaches to organizational structure, leadership models, and succession planning as a way to empower new leadership, embody inclusivity, and foster equity while furthering the organization’s mission.

  • Working Outside the Box: What do Alternative Organizational Models Look Like?

    Contains 2 Component(s) Recorded On: 09/24/2019

    Leadership and the related organizational structure sets the tone of each nonprofit organization and provides the framework to envision what is possible. Organizational structures provide opportunities for staff to participate, influence, and ideate at various levels. This webinar will build upon the framework presented in the first webinar by providing examples of alternative organizational models. We will explore models that differ from the traditional "top-down" non-profit hierarchy and exemplify values of equity and inclusion.

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    About this Webinar

    Leadership and the related organizational structure sets the tone of each nonprofit organization and provides the framework to envision what is possible. Organizational structures provide opportunities for staff to participate, influence, and ideate at various levels. This webinar will build upon the framework presented in the first webinar by providing examples of alternative organizational models. We will explore models that differ from the traditional "top-down" non-profit hierarchy and exemplify values of equity and inclusion. 


    Check out part-one of this three-part series here: How Did We Get Here? Understanding the History of Nonprofit Culture

    Check out part-three of this three-part series here: Successful Successions: Empowering the Next Generation of Arts Leaders

    Edwige Charlot

    Community Membership Manager, AS220

    Edwige Charlot is the Community Membership Manager at AS220 Industries (Providence, Rhode Island). In her role, she facilities access to affordable, project-based, experiential learning in digital fabrication, printmaking and media arts. Edwige has worked in the social profit sector over the past decade and her previous roles at the Maine College of Art, Creative Portland, Engine both in Maine. Her community engagement and service include being a founding member of the Portland Global Shapers, an initiative of the World Economic Forum; an advisor of the People of Color Fund at the Maine Community Foundation; and the Artist Thrive initiative at the Tremaine Foundation. She earned her BFA in Printmaking from the Maine College of Art. 

    Website: industries.as220.org

    Dorian Spears

    Chief Partnerships Officer, Momentum Nonprofits

    Dorian Spears has an 18-year history as a nonprofit administration and government professional with an expansive range of program development, strategic planning, and implementation skills.  Dorian has a passion for serving community and with a culturally responsive lens she employs current knowledge and acumen while making a meaningful impact on organizational mission, vision, and values.  

    Her recent professional roles include serving as a project manager for a mayoral transition team, the community development corporation sector, and Camp HOPE Tennessee; an Economic Development Specialist with the Economic Development Growth Engine of Memphis and Shelby County; and a Project Manager in Neighborhood Economic Vitality for the Mayor’s Innovation Delivery Team funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies. Each of these opportunities aided in crafting her focus in serving the community: the creation and designing of systems and infrastructure that enable youth, adults, businesses, and nonprofits to efficiently take advantage of services and opportunities available to them.

    As Chief Partnerships Officer at Momentum Nonprofit Partners, Dorian builds bridges across the sectors of government, business, higher education, and neighborhood leadership in the greater Memphis area to uplift what works while addressing community challenges. She also leads an effort bringing together organizations on the journey of operationalizing equity, diversity, and inclusion in the workplace facilitated by Beloved Community called Equity at Work; Dorian also facilitates sessions around this topic.

    Her community support includes Watch Love Work, a video project commemorating the 50th anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination; board service with Memphis Slim House Collaboratory; steering committee member of the local Census 2020 Complete Count Committee; and supporter of Collage Dance Collective, a nonprofit that inspires the growth and diversity of ballet. Dorian loves house music and considers herself a house head for life. 

    Website: www.momentumnonprofit.org

  • Successful Successions: Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders

    Contains 2 Component(s) Includes a Live Event on 11/22/2019 at 3:00 PM (EST)

    Across the country, a leadership shift is taking place in the arts and culture sector. Organizations are and will encounter significant change as seasoned leaders make way for new leadership. This is an incredible opportunity to empower new leadership while identifying and implementing thoughtful succession processes. This webinar will present examples of successful and smooth leadership transitions and the efforts made by key players involved to ensure an organization's healthy evolution.

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    November 22, 2019 at 3:00PM EDT

    Across the country, a leadership shift is taking place in the arts and culture sector. Organizations are and will encounter significant change as seasoned leaders make way for new leadership. This is an incredible opportunity to empower new leadership while identifying and implementing thoughtful succession processes. This webinar will present examples of successful and smooth leadership transitions and the efforts made by key players involved to ensure an organization's healthy evolution.


    Check out part-one of this three-part series here: How Did We Get Here? Understanding the History of Nonprofit Culture

    Check out part-two of this three-part series here: Working Outside the Box: What do Alternative Organizational Models Look Like?

    Rikki Davis

    Co-Executive Director, Girls Rock! RI

    Rikki Davis (they/them) was a vocal instructor and band coach with Girls Rock! RI for two years before joining the administrative team. They have made use of their bachelor’s degree from McGill University in Art History and Gender Studies working for music festivals, campaigns, art galleries, and museums in Boston and Maine before their most recent position as program director at Slater Mill. Rikki trained in classical voice for 10 years before leaving the opera world in favor of Rock, Jazz, and Pop. They are currently the vocalist and bassist in the band Top Sugar. As a professional, Rikki is passionate about collaborative leadership and approaching administration and programming through an anti-oppression lens. In their free time, Rikki is a skater with Providence Roller Derby under the alter ego, RetroRocket.

    Website: www.girlsrockri.org

    Facebook: @girlsrockri


    Denise Mathews-Reidpath

    Co-Executive Director, Girls Rock! RI

    Denise (she/her) is a bilingual educator who focuses on positive youth development and educational justice aligned with arts accessibility. She has a background as an advocate, interpreter/translator and socio-emotional support in Providence and Central Falls Schools, the RI Disability Law Center, and the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence. Denise is also a community yoga instructor who has volunteered to teach yoga and participating in  body image workshops at Girls Rock Camps and Ladies Rock Camps with a focus on intersectionality, and trauma-informed practices. Denise is a  atinx feminista who loves tacos and flan. She is a self-taught vocalist who dabbles in the harmonica and ukulele with her band Tall and has diverse musical influences from Selena and Buffy Sainte Marie to the Grateful Dead.

    Website: www.girlsrockri.org

    Facebook: @girlsrockri