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Beyond Diversity to Inclusion

  • NonProfit Center - 2nd Floor Community Conference Center 89 South Street Boston, MA, 02111 United States (map)

9:00 A.M. TO 3:30 P.M.

Presented by: Stewart Lanier and Gina Patterson
Fee: $109* (full-day, lunch is included)


How do organizations create an environment where people feel they can actively participate, where their contributions are respected and valued? This workshop is about taking that next step toward moving beyond the individualism of diversity to the systemic and cultural change needed to build inclusive organizations.

Learning objectives:

  • Share of best practices on how to move from representation to inclusion
  • Understand the role of implicit bias and impact on leadership, hiring, staffing and decision-making
  • Learn to have courageous conversations about race
  • The role of intentionality — orientation to an inclusive culture that is self-perpetrating through organizational systems, policies, and practices

Discussion-based learning:

  • What does commitment and leadership look like throughout this long process?
  • Developing awareness about white dominant cultural norms and bias against people of color
  • Understanding micro-aggressions
  • Differentiating between diversity and inclusion
  • Understanding power and privilege
  • Defining institutional racism and its manifestations within an organization
  • Creating safe spaces for courageous and difficult conversations about race
  • The role of leadership in commitment to inclusion
  • Allowing for the co-creation of ideas


Gina Patterson is the Consulting and Executive Transition (CET) Associate at TSNE MissionWorks with over 10 years of experience in the government and non-profit sectors. Her background includes building policy and strategy for public safety and public health entities, capacity building and program structuring for workforce and youth development programs and advocacy for vulnerable populations. Her work is rooted in promoting equitable access and opportunity for vulnerable populations. She has a Bachelor of Science from Simmons College, Boston and a Masters of Public Administration from Columbia University.

P Stewart Lanier is the Consulting and Executive Transition (CET) Senior Associate with over 20 years of experience supporting and guiding nonprofit and faith-based organizations through developmental and transformational change. He has long been active in supporting anti-racism efforts in nonprofit leadership and raising awareness of white supremacy culture through his work with White People Challenging Racism. He is the 2016 recipient of the Drylongsjo Award for anti-racism work from Community Change, Inc. An ordained United Methodist minister, he began his professional career as a pastor. In addition to holding a M. Div. from Candler School of Theology, Emory University, Stewart received experiential training in inclusion and whole systems processes from American University, earning an MS with distinction in Organizational Development.


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Unless otherwise noted, all workshops are held at the NonProfit Center in the 2nd Floor Community Conference Center, conveniently located in Downtown Boston at 89 South Street, Boston 02111 near South Station. For detailed directions please visit

* If your organization is a tenant of the NonProfit Center, a fiscally sponsored project or grantee of TSNE MissionWorks, please contact before registering to request a scholarship rate of $25.00. Scholarships are limited, and awarded on a first-come, first-served basis; maximum 1 per organization per workshop.