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Webinar: Bring Your Brave Face, We’re Talking Race and Equity (PEAK2019)

In continuation of a lively learning experience at the 2019 PEAK Grantmaking Annual Conference in Denver, we invite you to extend yourself again in an interactive opportunity to discuss and process current events in today’s politically charged climate. As grant makers and philanthropy leaders, we cannot stay neutral. It is incumbent upon us as stewards of funds to build our skills in courageous conversations to NARROW THE POWER GAP and DRIVE EQUITY.

We have the opportunity to transform communities and to actively engage in conversations impacting our communities and the people we seek to serve. Race and equity topics are now daily headlines in one way or another and we need to have a voice in these discussions. Our session is designed to equip you to personally process things you read and watch in the media and apply a critical inclusive lens in your everyday life.

Participants of this webinar will:

  1. Read and analyze their own personal reaction to a written op-ed.
  2. Come ready to discuss their perspectives with the group.
  3. Learn how to ask questions and stay curious when presented with information that may counter our perceptions.
  4. Build confidence in leading discussions with their peers.

Denise Barreto, Managing Partner, Relationships Matter Now

Entrepreneur, author, and TEDx speaker, Denise W. Barreto is a leading 21st century voice on leadership and inclusion. With over 20 years of marketing experience across multiple industries, Denise is the founder and managing partner of Relationships Matter Now, LLC, a strategic business consultant firm based outside of Chicago. Denise and her firm serve businesses of all sizes, nonprofits, and government agencies who want to better leverage their relationships to grow their bottom line through strategic planning, HR system infrastructure, organizational and leader development, and inclusion and diversity strategy.

A top-rated speaker at The Forum on Workplace Inclusion and other conferences nationwide, Denise is striving to make government relevant again by positively impacting local policy in government agencies throughout the Midwest. In addition to her business, she is committed to serving her community. She was elected twice to board of trustees for the Village of Lake in the Hills, IL, is serving an appointment to the Illinois Business Enterprise Program Council by former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and was named a 2016 Woman of Influence by Chicago Business Journal and to the DiversityMBA Top 50 Executive Leaders list in 2017.