The Next Dimension of Equity: Including People with Disabilities as Part of Nonprofit Diversity Work
August 21st, 1:00-2:30 pm
Disability is a social construct defining what is “normal” and what is not. For organizations already building an understanding of race, gender, and other social constructs and their consequences, this webinar offers a framework to help leaders consider disability in equity planning and identify ways their nonprofit can better include people with disabilities on its staff and board, and among its target population. The presenters, who are nonprofit professionals and people with disabilities, will share their personal and professional experiences, as well as resources and actions that help nonprofits create a culture that presumes competency of people with disabilities for authentic inclusion and accessibility.
This webinar is part of Walking the Talk: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in North Carolina Nonprofits, the North Carolina Center for Nonprofits’ initiative to address racial and generational leadership gaps in the nonprofit sector and the policies, practices, and culture that exacerbate them.
*Attendees will receive an email with webinar link and instructions 48 hours before the event.
Corye Dunn joined Disability Rights NC in 2011 as director of public policy. Born and raised in Durham, she graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill and NC Central University School of Law. Prior to coming to work at DRNC, she practiced law in a small firm. She also served as a direct care provider to adults and children with developmental disabilities and worked in nonprofits seeking to expand access to education and increase investment in low-wealth communities.
Jennifer Fields is founder and president of The Hills Tandem and has over 15 years of experience working with nonprofits to improve overall organizational impact. She also works with pharmaceutical and biotech companies, consulting on program design to improve national-level patient engagement activities. Here, she is able to facilitate and build bridges among the work of community, clinical, and research worlds. She currently works with the Pacific Sickle Cell Regional Collaborative, the Sickle Cell Disease Foundation (California) where she was instrumental in winning a $15 million grant to improve access to care for adults living with sickle cell disease, Imara Pharmaceuticals, Prolong Pharmaceuticals, and Pfizer’s Council for Change. Previously, she implemented and managed HRSA’s National Newborn Screening Project and other projects with funding from FEMA-DHS and CDC. Her areas of expertise include strategic implementation inclusive of executive coaching, program design, patient engagement, and statewide advocacy. Jennifer is a graduate of East Carolina University’s Master of Public Health Program. She currently serves as a board member of the Me Fine Foundation.
Alexandra McArthur is a senior consultant at the Taproot Foundation, where she advises Fortune 500 companies and philanthropic organizations on implementing skills-based volunteer programs. Previously, she was the national director of young adult and community engagement with the Muscular Dystrophy Association and has managed external affairs at LRN, a firm improving business ethics and culture change. She graduated from Davidson College, was named a 2014 Davidson Alumni Game Changer, and serves as the chair of the Davidson Ne Ultra Young Alumni Society. In addition to being named a 2014 White House Champion of Change, Alex is an advocate in the disability community and is honored to serve as board chair emeritus of the National Disability Institute, chair of the North Carolina Council on Developmental Disabilities, board secretary of Visual Arts Exchange, and an Awesome Foundation Disability Trustee. She lives in Raleigh with her husband and sheepdog.
John Samuel is LCI tech manager at LCI. He has 13 years of business experience in various domestic and international industries. While launching and serving as the CEO for Aster Cameroon, a global telecom infrastructure joint venture, he built a $45 million business bringing internet access across Africa. After, he became an early member of Homestrings, a USAID backed crowdfunding platform, where he helped raise capital for startups in emerging markets. He holds his MBA from George Washington University, BS in accounting from North Carolina State University, and Certified Professional in Accessible Core Competencies (CPACC). John knows no barriers, from summiting Mt. Kilimanjaro to drinking Pisco Sours in Lima.