United Way Non-Profit Leadership Summit to Focus on Encouraging Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Westchester County, N.Y. (September 2020) – United Way of Westchester and Putnam’s Nonprofit Leadership Summit 2020 will focus on a topic that now more than ever is relevant in the corporate and not-for-profit worlds: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

The theme for this year’s summit is “Preparing for the Success of Tomorrow Begins with Embracing Equity Today.” The goal is to help encourage not-for-profit organizations to focus on diversity and inclusion as core values throughout their operations, programs, and leadership.

“This year we have seen that the message of equity, diversity, and inclusion is more relevant than ever before,’’ said United Way of Westchester and Putnam President and CEO Tom Gabriel. “We cannot move forward into the future by holding onto to old ways that don’t serve our communities or our nation. Leaders of the future should be reflective of the communities we represent.’’

Over five days, this year’s virtual event will feature high-level speakers including Richard Brown, Vice President of Philanthropy for American Express, who will close out the week’s programming.

The summit will be held virtually from Monday, October 5, through Friday, October 9, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Each day will have a 1:1 speed networking session followed by a keynote presentation and ending with a Q&A session. The event is $25 for a weeklong pass thanks to the generous underwriting of TD Bank. Continuing education credits and certificates of completion are available to those who attend all of the keynote presentations.

The goal of the Nonprofit Leadership Summit is to build professional excellence in the purpose-driven organizations of Westchester and Putnam counties. The keynote speakers will speak on this theme through the lens of the nonprofit sector.

Speakers for this week will include:

Monday, Oct. 5

Marco Davis, President & CEO, Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, former Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will discuss creating a more equitable social sector.

Tuesday, October 6  

Sean Thomas-Breitfield, co-director of the Building Movement Project, and co-author of the Race to Lead Report, will address the nonprofit racial leadership gap.

Wednesday, October 7

Kishshana Palmer, CFRE, a nonprofit consultant, coach, fundraiser, and author/blogger for “Secret Lives of Leaders”, will speak on promoting diversity in your marketing and fundraising efforts.

Thursday, October 8

Chitra Aiyar, a TED Speaker who is the former Executive Director of Sadie Nash Leadership Project and co-producer of “Claiming Our Voice,” will discuss cultivating space for marginalized populations.

Friday, October 9

 Richard Brown, Vice President of Philanthropy at American Express, who will talk about the importance of diversifying the current landscape of nonprofit leaders and transforming an organization’s capacity to attract, develop, and retain leadership talent.

Each day’s schedule will be as follows:

11:30 a.m. – 1:1 speed networking (5-minute intervals)

12:00 p.m. – Keynote

12:55 p.m. – Q&A

1:30 p.m. – Event Ends

Tickets can be purchased here.

The Summit attracts a diverse audience of professionals and volunteer leaders in the nonprofit sector – across disciplines, fields, and experience levels. Last year over 600 people from over 250 organizations attended the event.

In addition to the generosity from TD Bank. The United Way of Westchester and Putnam would like to thank the Summit sponsors Con Edison, Nonprofit Westchester, Council Services Plus, HRG – Hospitality Resource Group, Marks Paneth, Paycor, Association of Development Officers, Fordham University, MVP Healthcare, Pace University, Westchester Local Development Corp., and Westchester Library System.