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November 6th, 2019

This all-day opportunity for board members and CEOs is designed to inform, engage, and provide a pathway for Boards of Directors to become more racially equitable and inclusive.

According to a 2017 national survey on Boards of Directors conducted by BoardSource,

At the most fundamental level, who serves on a board impacts how it functions and the decisions it makes. While board composition is not one-size-fits all, a board that is homogeneous in any way risks having blind spots that negatively impact its ability to make the best decisions and plans for the organization. The blind spots created by a lack of racial and ethnic diversity are particularly concerning, as they may result in strategies and plans that ineffectively address societal challenges and inequities, or even reinforce them.”

The survey showed that 90% of nonprofit Board Chairs and 84% of Board members were white and that this has always been the case. The report also indicates that 65% of CEOs and 41% of Board members were dissatisfied or extremely dissatisfied with the lack of diversity on their Boards.

Join us on November 6th, from 9:00am to 4:30pm, Pleasant Hill Community Center, 320 Civic Drive, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523. Click here to register.

PASSING THE TORCH: Bridging the Generational Leadership Divide Among Women of Color*


Join a multigenerational leadership dialogue with women of color whose ages and experiences together cross decades and span vast fields of work.

If you are a woman of color* seasoned in leadership, new in leadership, an emerging leader, retired from leadership, or simply interested, who works in the social, government, academic, faith-based, and/or business sectors; come join this conversation. This evening dialogue will initiate an ongoing effort to define, improve and support strong intergenerational relationships among women of color.

*While we are using this term to be explicit about who we are convening, we are also examining the use of this and “people/communities of color” to ensure that we are not perpetuating the erasure of specific identities and experiences that tend to be diminished within these terms.

Date and location TBD. Registration link coming soon.

Past Events

Advancing equity in design thinking: A Workshop

September 4th, 2019

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Gain strategies to identify how self-reflective intentionality can be a driver for equity in the design thinking process.

This workshop will provide an overview of design thinking, its most common applications and uses, while introducing areas of blind spots that may not be considered within the process. We will learn how, if unaddressed, these blind spots and biases risk perpetuating inequities that exist in our society.

Who should attend? Anyone thinking of or already using design thinking as a problem solving tool for community engagement or planning. 

  • Non-profit organizations

  • Government agencies

  • Philanthropic foundations

  • Schools and educational facilities

Professor and Practitioner of Design Shalini Agrawal will guide us in how to use the methodology of Design Thinking for innovative thinking and inclusive planning.

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

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

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