Past Events

Roadmap on Culture Change: Focus Groups at
osu steam factory and Code2040


Thursday, June 27, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Code2040 • 785 Market Street • #850 • San Francisco, CA 94103

Wednesday, June 26, 2019
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
OSU Steam Factory • 400 West Rich St. • Columbus, OH 43215

A research project brought to you by Leaderspring Center and Forefront

LeaderSpring Center will host focus groups to bring together women of color for a meaningful discussion on diversity and inclusion in the technological sector.

The US is growing increasingly diverse, but women of color are still severely underrepresented across industries. Research will look to address this gap through data-driven solutions. LeaderSpring Center and Forefront seek to develop a roadmap to define priorities and actionable steps that tech companies can take to advance women of color in the tech sector and a scorecard to track progress. The goal is for partner organizations to commit to implementing the roadmap and the scorecard for evaluating the outcomes of their diversity and inclusion strategies.

Registration for our focus group in San Francisco has closed, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list, please email us at

Women of color leadStrong: Game changers in philanthropy, politics, and technology

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Speakers at the Women of Color LeadStrong: Game Changers in Philanthropy, Politics, and Technology addressed the importance of using power to design institutions and implement policies that promote human dignity. This objective grounds our work at LeaderSpring Center. Our Fellowship and Impact Consulting work provides the tools and skills participants need to manifest the vision they hold for communities becoming more equitable and just.

Dana Kawaoka-Chen of Justice Funders moderated the panel discussion (video below), which included speakers Aimee Allison of Democracy in Color and She the People; Vanessa Daniel of Groundswell Fund; and Karla Monterroso of Code2040. Conversation centered around the collective power of women of color and the actions we can take to change the institutions, systems, policies, and attitudes that have held us back.

Event Co-Chairs Brigitte Davila, J.D. of City College of San Francisco and Jacqueline Martinez Garcel of the Latino Community Foundation awarded the 2019 Game Changer Awards to San Francisco Mayor London Breed and the Sogorea Te' Land Trust respectively for their work advocating for communities of color in the Bay Area. Deputy Director Safi Jiroh closed out the event, with Jiroh reminding the audience that "We are the dream manifested, and we are the reason why change is possible."

March 7, 2019

Contra Costa Leadership Institute
Class of 2018 Graduation

Congratulations to the Contra Costa Leadership Institute graduates! We are so proud of all you have accomplished and look forward to seeing what you do next!

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November 14, 2018

East Bay Class of 2018 Graduation

Congratulations to the East Bay Class of 2018 on your graduation! It has been our honor to watch you grow over the past two years.


November 2, 2018

2018 LeaderSpring Center Open House

LeaderSpring Center staff, Advisory Council members, Fellows, Alumni, and supporters gathered at the new Preservation Park office to learn about LeaderSpring's latest initiatives, most recently the launch of the Class of 2020 Women of Color LeadStrong Fellowship application. 

June 19, 2018