February 17 6-8pm on Zoom
We’re gathering leaders from across Berkshire County to discuss how we can build more inclusive nonprofit board cultures.
About The Problem
If we are to build racial equity in Berkshire County, we need to build racial equity on the boards of our nonprofit institutions.
Without better access to these sources of power and decision-making, the Black community will continue to be under-represented, under-resourced, and under-served.
It’s time to disrupt this status quo to create sustainable change for all communities.
We need your help to make this happen!
Be a catalyst for change
Please join us at our Idea Jam event as we explore how Berkshire Black and BIPOC community members can be catalysts for positive social change by engaging with each other and sharing their experiences, skills, wisdom, knowledge, and expertise in an effort to increase diversity on nonprofit boards across Berkshire County.
Increase awareness about the benefits of diverse and inclusive board membership.
Develop strategies that will lead Berkshire nonprofits to become more inclusive.
Provide tools and resources that will assist Black community members who are interested in serving on nonprofit boards.
Bring new perspectives to influence the creation of policies and procedures that govern the operations of nonprofits.
Identify and eliminate racialized barriers that deter the Berkshire Black community from serving on nonprofit boards
Strategize about inclusive accountability measures and benchmarks for Berkshire County nonprofit boards
Who is this for?
Concerned Berkshire Black community stakeholders who want to see greater representation on Berkshire nonprofit boards.
Black individuals who are currently serving on nonprofit boards and who want more diversity and inclusivity.
Black community members who want more resources directed towards their community
Black community members who are seeking funding and resources for their initiatives
What’s in it for you? Event Benefits
Network with other Black community leaders, advocates, and influencers.
Talk about your projects and initiatives
with other community leaders.
A $100 stipend will be provided to all Jammer participants.
ID3A Jam Agenda
- Website Design and Implementation
Stories & Experiences
- Email marketing
- Social media
- Digital Sign in Registration
- Welcome to the Industry Idea Jam!
- Idea Jam
Introductions & Networking
- Gwendolyn Hampton Vansant Intro to ILC and its work
- Lori and Margaret Intro and Purpose of ILC Idea Jam
- Networking with Jammers and ILC Cohort
ID3A Jam Stations
- Break into four Idea Jam Groups and rotate through each Idea Jam Station with your group! (20 minutes per station)
- Vote on the ideal target candidate to serve on Nonprofit Boards
- Vote on better ways to target
- Thank you for attending with Devin Shea & John Lewis
Meet the Facilitators
Sharron Frazier McClain
Dubois Thomas has over 20 years of housing experience, getting his start with the management and support of low-income housing cooperatives across NYC. Since joining Central Berkshire Habitat for Humanity as Neighborhood Revitalization Director, Dubois has focused his energy on learning; overseeing multiple Pittsfield community surveys and community engagement events, whilst completing a leadership course at the Harvard Kennedy School. Dubois also dedicates his time to the development of the Blackshires, serving as its board president. The Blackshires aims to develop a more integrated and connected black community in the Berkshires by facilitating opportunities for a vibrant Black ownership ecology.
Leah works for the Department of Developmental Services as a Service Coordinator. She is a Women of Color Giving Circle member in Berkshire County. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Incorporated, the first Black Sorority ever founded, where “Excellence Through Sustainable Service” in your community is essential. She is also a member of the W.E.B. Du Bois Legacy Committee. As a proud legacy of a Tuskegee Airmen, Buffalo Soldier, daughter of a Prince Hall Mason, and the granddaughter of an Eastern Star, her passion has always been to uplift and empower others to advocate for themselves and see strength in their abilities.