Spotlight on Alternative Angles for the DEI Space: From Burnout to Accountability

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Date(s) - December 7, 2023
10:00 am - 5:00 pm


Fee: $129 with discount code
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Common Good Vermont is delighted to announce Minnesota Council of Nonprofits’ virtual event. Please contact [email protected] with any questions.

This day-long, four-hour training will take a closer look at common Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) challenges and offer four fresh perspectives on addressing them through action. From burnout to accountability, each 60-minute session will invite participants into deep dives rich with frameworks, application tips and tools designed to disrupt social norms and create conditions for change.

Participants will engage with the following learning sessions:

  • Wellness and Resiliency: Examine what dimensions of wellness look like in chronically high-burnout high-turnover work like DEIJ. The purpose of this session is to move beyond simply acknowledging the drain of the work and instead focus on strategies and behaviors that address the toll.
  • Alternative Training: When not anchored to a core need, priority, or vision, DEIJ training efforts can do more harm than good. This session will focus on alternative approaches to teach, learn, and influence change on the job where equity is an everyday way of life one can thoughtfully and effectively infuse throughout the workplace, rather than an add-on or standalone “thing” that one either does or doesn’t understand.
  • Coalition Building: Limited resources and the need for affinity spaces creates even more urgency for coalition building now. In this session participants will be invited to concentrate their energy towards strategic relationships—how to nurture and sustain them in the service of collective solution-making.
  • Operationalizing Accountability: In this session participants will talk about creative mechanics for how to dial in and implement DEIJ efforts. This session will focus on finding root causes and creative solutions through a process of analysis.

Each session will have a takeaway tool that combined will be designed to comprise a toolkit.

Spotlights are day-long virtual trainings, offering four to five 60-minute sessions, each exploring a different aspect of a specific topic. Each session will be led by experienced nonprofit leaders and subject-matter experts. Spotlights are designed to offer practical information that can be applied immediately, along with larger-picture questions and possibilities to consider for the long-term.

We know it’s difficult to carve out large chunks of time in your day to attend trainings, so the sessions are spread out over a full day, with breaks in between.

The Spotlight will be hosted by Ashley Oolman of Allied Folk, LLC.

Event Details

  • This virtual event will take place on the Zoom platform. Your access link will be emailed to you the day before the event after 12 p.m.
  • This session will be recorded. The recording will be made available to registrants for 14 days after the live event.
  • Captioning is provided automatically through Zoom. For information on requesting CART, ASL, or another accommodation, please visit our Registration Policies page.
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Registration Instruction: Use the code NCN to register at the discounted rate.


Ashley Oolman is the founder of Allied Folk, LLC.  As a Black neurodivergent woman, leveraging differences to strengthen human connection was a means to both survival and healing. To her work with Allied Folk, she brings lived experience, multiple degrees, and an unwavering belief that we all have the power to change the future. Together with organizations and community partners, she co-creates spaces for exploration and re-learning, designed to advance equity, reconciliation, and ultimately, change.