Empathy: A key ingredient in effective diversity, equity and inclusion

It’s no surprise that resistance and lack of buy-in can be major obstacles to successful diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) implementation.  I commonly work with organizations that are struggling with this very issue.  A typical case has staff outwardly supporting...

Bringing everyone along: An organizational approach to DEI

This article is the fourth in a series. Read the first, second and third articles. One time I had a gym teacher who, with the very best of intentions, decided to test out a new approach to foster greater inclusion....

Climbing broken ladders: Women aspiring to nonprofit leadership

Women make up the majority of the nonprofit workforce at all levels, including leadership roles. So on the surface, it might seem like nonprofits have gender equality figured out. “I think there would be an expectation that because we’re a...

It all starts with inclusion

This article is the third in a series. Read the first, second, and fourth articles. One question I am often asked by organizations is “how much diversity should we be aiming for?” When I hear this, I know that people are...

Creating a compelling argument for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This is the second in a series of articles on this topic. Read the first, third, and fourth articles here. A large part of my work involves having conversations with members of diverse and intersecting communities. These dialogues are typically...

Challenging our thinking about Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

This is the first in a series of articles on this topic. Read the second, third, and fourth articles here. I was fourteen years old when I heard one of the most profound statements on diversity dialogues in the Canadian...

A missed opportunity: How the nonprofit sector can do a better job of hiring people with disabilities

Many employers may say they don’t have staff with disabilities, but this just isn’t true. In fact, the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability conducted by Statistics Canada, determined that 22% of the Canadian population over the age of 15 has one...

Intercultural Competence: The missing link in diversity and inclusion initiatives

Want to learn more about this topic? We've partnered with the authors to present a free webinar on May 9. Register here. #MeToo. Generational divides. Political differences. Workplace trust. Virtually every major issue confronting us in the work world today...

The Small Nonprofit Podcast: Overcoming ableism with Liz Chornenki

When you’re designing for any process, system or event, you’re designing for everyone. In this episode, Liz Chornenki, the annual giving officer at YWCA Toronto, shares some practical steps to internal and external design with accessibility in mind! Ableism -...

How to attract younger talent to the nonprofit sector: What are Millennials and Gen Z looking for?

On the list of super powers requested by those in the charitable sector, somewhere near the top is surely the ability to know what “they” want. The “they” in question might be donors, board members, leaders or any group that...