The Impact of Equity: Leaders Activating Change

Uncover inequity to foster inclusiveness

Nonprofit leaders are often at the forefront of social justice movements. Diversity, equity and inclusion are not just today’s buzz words but serve as a radical call to action for deep systemic change impacting every aspect of the nonprofit organization and community in which you find yourself.

Join us for an intensive exploration of these topics in which you will look within yourself to understand diversity, equity and inclusion. You will explore systemic inequities that are pervasive in our communities as well as analyze your own beliefs and biases that will become the basis for uncovering ways that you can become an agent for change. The curriculum will then shift as you begin to discover ways that you can help your teams and organizations become more equitable through human resources and talent management, communication strategies and how your organization measures outcomes and communicates impact. In addition, you will be introduced to tools and frameworks that can guide the implementation of these concepts within your organization.

Center for Nonprofit Management

Be empowered to lead diversity, equity and inclusion efforts in your organization.


Who Should Attend

  • Nonprofit CEOs, executive directors and senior nonprofit leaders looking to gain an understanding of equity and become an agent for change
  • Nonprofit board members interested in setting strategic direction for equity within their organization

*Applications will be reviewed by the program’s Academic Directors.

Key Benefits

  • Discover how systemic inequities throughout our communities were formed, and make the case for personal and systems change
  • Learn new frameworks around diversity, equity and inclusion, rooted in equity as it relates to race, gender and sexual orientation
  • Understand your responsibility as a change agent in your organization and learn to intervene in specific and tangible ways when faced with inequity
  • Analyze your own beliefs and uncover unconscious biases to identify what it takes to become an ally
  • Explore the concept of an equity audit on your organization’s policies and procedures
  • Be prepared to take actionable steps on systems change in your organization, being held accountable by learning partners after the program concludes

Program Content

Beyond Diversity

  • Identifying dimensions of diversity and understanding the personal and organizational impact when it is rightfully leveraged
  • Learn actionable steps to move beyond diversity to equity

Historical Impact

  • Explore the history of systemic inequity and what it means in today's world
  • Using this historical context as a bridge, uncover why there is need for systems change to address inequity in all dimensions

Biases/Culture/Dynamic of Power

  • Uncover power dynamics that exist throughout organizations which fuel a culture of inequity
  • Lay the foundation to identify patterns of bias within yourself and learn strategies to overcome and create a culture of inclusion
  • Acknowledge and consider your own privilege through frameworks fostering introspection

Mental Wellness Check

  • Reflecting on and exploring your reactions to work related to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Learn self-awareness techniques and gain mindfulness resources to use as you begin your journey in becoming an agent for change

Biases Pt. 2 & HR/Talent Management/Governance

  • Identify barriers to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and shift the focus to creating equitable practices for potential candidates and current employees
  • Explore human capital policies and processes in your own organization and determine what might be contributing to inequity. Begin to identify ways in which your organization can make change
  • Explore realistic and applicable ways in which the work of becoming a more equitable organization can begin with the senior leadership including the board, CEO and decision-makers
  • Workplace, workforce and marketplace

Interpersonal/Intergroup Communication

  • Learn a theoretical framework from which to understand and communicate diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives in your organization
  • Build strong communication skills including how to talk about equity and inclusion and effectively articulate the need for change with your team and board
  • Practice conversations by role playing with fellow participants

Intentional Impact

  • Learn and apply the Intentional Impact framework to one program or aspect of your organization’s work. Use this to understand and address context, causality and intersections
  • Complete an Impact Promise exercise to identify the current state of one program and its potential outcomes and impact on this and future generations
  • Imagine what the future state of your organization could look like, in light of this framework, and how your community could benefit with a shift in program targeting and intentionality

Bringing DEI Data Insights to Life

  • Identify the data necessary for collection in order for your organization to hold itself accountable for progress on diversity and equity goals, with regard to human capital, program delivery, and mission
  • Understand the scope of your organization’s measurement strategy. How and what data is collected? Who does the tracking and who gets to see the data? Who gets to make decisions with those data?
  • Identify potential collaborators and complementary data sources, community partners, and sharing opportunities for progress both within your organization and across your community
  • Determine potential uses for DEI data and insights to fuel progress and impact, engage stakeholders, and improve as an organization
  • Build insights on DEI programming and efforts in terms of program impact, recruitment/retention, user experience, community value, and beyond

Leadership Insights

  • Develop ideas to implement equity practices within your organization
  • Learn from leaders in the nonprofit sector who are on the journey to bring about change in their sphere of influence

Equitable Institutions

  • Explore an overview of equity and equitable institutions
  • Recognize the benefits of developing an equity mindset for your organization
  • Begin the process of assessing your organization’s capacity to do this work by:
    • Considering how your organization can prioritize equity and who are the logical leaders for this work
    • Thinking through potential barriers you may face in making changes directly related to equity and racial/gender justice
    • Prioritizing which issues/programs/policies your organization will address


Elise Madrick Townsend - Academic Director; Senior Program Administrator

Jennifer Paul - Academic Director; Director, Nonprofit Executive Programs, Center for Nonprofit Management, Kellogg School of Management

Michelle Y. Bess - VP of Talent & DEI, OppLoans

Amy Hauenstein - Director of Curriculum of Non-Degree Programs & Adjunct Faculty, MSC Program, Northwestern Univeristy

Omari Keeles - Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Northwestern University Searle Center

Pranav Kothari - Adjunct Lecturer of Social Enterprise, Kellogg School of Management; Founder & CEO, Revolution Impact, LLC; Prior – VP, Strategy & Innovation, KnowledgeWorks; Co-Founder & MD, Mission Measurement

Nour Kteily - Associate Professor of Management & Operations

Tiffany McDowell - Director, Equity Institute, YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Ish Faith Orkar - Sr. Equity Specialist, Northwestern University

Nicholas A. Pearce - Clinical Associate Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management

Curriculum Task Force

Lance Bennett - Director, Diversity Admissions, Kellogg School of Management

Ish Faith Orkar - Sr. Equity Specialist, Northwestern University

Amy Hauenstein - Director of Curriculum of Non-Degree Programs & Adjunct Faculty, MSC Program, Northwestern University

Megan Kashner - Clinical Assistant Professor & Director of Social Impact, Kellogg Public-Private Interface; Founder and CEO, Benevolent

Omari Keeles - Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Northwestern University Searle Center

Nour Kteily - Associate Professor of Management & Operations

Tiffany McDowell - Director, Equity Institute, YWCA Evanston/North Shore

Minya Nance - Director of Strategic Student Experience, Kellogg School of Management

Michele Rogers - Clinical Assistant Professor of Nonprofit Executive Education and Director of Chicago Partnerships

Elizabeth Schwan-Rosenwald - Vice President, Supporter Relations, Leadership for Educational Equity

Christin Zollicoffer - Regional Director Diversity & Inclusion, Trinity Health

Accommodations, Fees & Policies


In-person Nonprofit Management Programs are held at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus.

Wieboldt Hall
340 East Superior Street
Chicago, IL 60611

Chicago Campus Parking Map - Please Note: the Huron Superior Parking A lot and the Erie Ontario Parking C & D lots are available to the public and should be used when attending programs at Wieboldt Hall.

Application Deadline

The deadline for registration is 10:00 am one business day prior to the program start date.

Scholarship Assistance

Up to 50% scholarships are available for all of our nonprofit executive education programs for those working in nonprofit organizations. All applications are initially submitted at the full list price. Each is reviewed by our registrar and any scholarships granted will be reflected in the amount applied to your invoice or charged to your credit card.

Hospitality during the Program

We strive to provide healthy meal choices for our participants for breakfast, lunch and breaks. We typically provide a range of choices, including some vegetarian-friendly and gluten-avoidant selections. We cannot meet all dietary preferences, but we will do our best to accommodate health restrictions, religious restrictions and food allergies.


Participants are responsible for booking their hotel accommodations during their stay in Chicago.

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Cancellation Policy:

Participants must notify the Program Manager five business days in advance of the program start date if they are unable to attend. Otherwise, participants will be charged 20% of the stated program fees.

When canceling a program registration, participants may choose to rollover their payment to a future program or receive a refund. Participants are allowed three rollovers, after the third rollover, participants forfeit the money paid to the Center for Nonprofit Management.

*Refund or rollover must be requested at the time of the program cancellation. Once a program payment has been rolled over, a monetary refund is no longer an option. The participant must continue with the rollover process.

Learn More

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2022 Session

March 22-24, 2022

Start: March 22 at 8:30 AM

End: March 24 at 5:30 PM

Format: In-Person on Chicago campus

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Scholarships Available

Kellogg School of Management

James L. Allen Center
2169 Campus Drive, Evanston, IL 60208