As part of LLC’s ongoing exploration of liberatory leadership development, LLC is happy to be joined by Sean Thomas-Breitfeld and Frances Kunreuther, Co-Directors of the Building Movement Project (BMP), to learn about the results from BMP’s recently released report “Race to Lead Revisited: Obstacles and Opportunities in Addressing the Nonprofit Racial Leadership Gap.” The report finds that the nonprofit sector’s efforts related to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion have not sufficiently changed “entrenched disparities that privilege white people and white-led organizations in the nonprofit sector.” While DEI work has increased awareness of race and racism, the report finds that this awareness has not “translated into significant change or more equity in how people of color experience their organizations or the nonprofit sector”.
How can the leadership development sector truly transform itself into a vehicle for liberatory change? Using Race to Lead Revisited’s recommendations and the collective wisdom of participants, we will explore this question collaboratively.
The conversation will have a presentation component and interactive components with both large and small group conversations. We’ll have tech support on hand to guide participants through each part of the process.
Sean Thomas-Breitfeld co-directs the Building Movement Project, with a special focus on BMP’s work on service and social change. Prior to joining the BMP staff, Sean spent a decade working in various roles at the Center for Community Change (CCC). At CCC, he developed training programs for grassroots leaders, worked in CCC’s communications and policy departments where he coordinated online and grassroots advocacy efforts, and lobbied on a range of issues, including immigration reform, transportation equity, and anti-poverty programs. Before joining the center, Sean worked as a policy analyst at the National Council of La Raza, where he focused on employment and income security issues. Sean holds a Master’s in Public Administration from NYU’s Wagner School of Public Service and a bachelor’s degree in social work and multicultural studies from St. Olaf College in Minnesota.
Frances Kunreuther co-directs the Building Movement Project, strengthening U.S. nonprofits as sites of civic engagement and social change. She is co-author of two books, From the Ground Up: Grassroots Organizations Making Social Change (Cornell, 2006) and Working Across Generations: Defining the Future of Nonprofit Leadership (Jossey Bass, 2009). Frances was a senior fellow at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University for five years and is currently affiliated with the Research Center for Leadership and Action at NYU where she also teaches. In the 1990s, Frances headed the Hetrick-Martin Institute for LBGT youth and was awarded an Annie E. Casey Foundation Fellowship for her work with homeless youth and families, undocumented immigrants, crime victims, battered women, and substance users. She writes and presents frequently on issues related to nonprofits, leadership, and social change.