Finding common ground in an increasingly polarized society is no easy task. Many nonprofits face the challenge of advocating for their missions, their organizations, and their constituents while attempting to bridge all kinds of gaps in their communities and deliver important services to many within their neighborhoods. Creating or maintaining welcoming, inclusive environments amidst growing contentions requires skill, poise and, most of all, courage.
Through dialogue, demonstration and practice sessions, this half-day program will:
- Provide a nutritious start to your day (think "hot breakfast buffet").
- Provide an opportunity to connect with peers from your local community - both for-profit and nonprofit.
- Generate the tools needed to have courageous conversations with key stakeholders in your community.
- Challenge you to recognize and move past the many barriers to inclusion.
- Identify the tools and conditions needed to build strategies for inclusion.
Join us for Courageous Conversations in South Central PA!
Courageous Conversation I – Courageous Conversations in this New Political Climate
Facilitated by: Ifeoma Aduba, Compliance Specialist, Harbor Compliance & Anne Gingerich, Executive Director, PANO
Conversations are never more difficult than those held in the context of political differences; families, churches, communities splinter as a result of strongly held beliefs. If you dare to consider what you may have in common with those you disagree with, if you believe the risk of saying nothing is too great, if you want to practice how to engage, join us to identify the values that both shape and interfere with difficult discussions. Led by PANO's board president, Ifeoma Aduba, and Executive Director, Anne Gingerich, this session seeks to provide practice space and tools for holding courageous conversations and to build our learnings with and not for those who participate.
Courageous Conversation II – The Courage to Include
Facilitated by: Shaashawn Dial-Snowden, Founder, Voycetress Media LLC
How does a courageous conversation lead to organizational inclusion by design? How do we recognize and move past the many barriers toward inclusion while simultaneously empowering all voices within our organizations, with collaborating organizations, and with whom we serve? Join us to identify the levels of change, areas of change, framework definitions, and specific language prompts; all tools to be used in the courage to include. Led by Shaashawn Dial-Snowden, Founder Voycetress Media, LLC, this session seeks to provide space for asking questions (anonymously or directly) and building strategies toward inclusion.