The introvert’s survival guide with Trina Isakson

Are you introverted or extroverted? It can sometimes look like the modern work environment is created for extroverts and if you're introverted, it can feel draining or even exclusionary. Today’s podcast guest, Trina Isakson, spent years working in our sector...

Consciously co-creating communities of service

This is the fifth and final article in a series on Conscious Service. Read the first, second, third, and fourth articles. There is a great deal of emphasis on systems transformation and organizational culture lately. We used to call it...

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...

Building the culture you want

Your organizational culture is the sum total of your shared beliefs, values, and practices – in short, the unique environment of your organization, or what makes your organization stand out! Culture is a hot topic in people management and building...

National Day of Conversation on sexualized violence in the nonprofit and charitable sector

While for many people, awareness of the #MeToo movement came after the exposure of Harvey Weinstein in the fall of 2017, the hashtag was actually used as far back as 2006, coined by Black community organizer and activist Tarana Burke...

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...

Burnout: How nonprofit leaders can better support their staff

Google burnout and you’ll find 110 million links. Self-care turns up even more - over three billion results. But, as every manager knows, an employee’s burnout isn’t only a self-care problem – it’s an organizational problem. The Mental Health Commission...

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...