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Newsletter: December 2023 Issue 2

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Reflecting on 2023

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As we come to the close of 2023, we are each reflecting on what we've learned, ways we've grown, and what we are looking forward to next year. Below are snippets from what each of us shared on our blog. Visit Year of Changes: Reflections on 2023 to read our complete reflections.

Caprice: I’ve learned to not just tell others the importance of self-care, but to actually practice it for myself.

Ilsa: Living with integrity means my motivations may be misunderstood by some, but centering justice means how I'm seen is not central to my decision making.

Jerod: I've learned the importance of presence…with my family, with my thoughts and feelings, with what is in front of me, with joy.

Richard: When times are stressful, I tend to take things for granted. The disruption of unexpected news this past year invited me to realize that I had more capacity than I realized and to check in with people. 

Judy: Joy and grief. While this is a lesson I've been learning for a while now, this year in particular felt like a practice in embracing both.


Hiring the Most Qualified Candidate

A common question we get when we hold our Hiring & Retaining a Diverse Workforce workshop is how to find the most qualified candidate. Watch the video by clicking below to learn from our co-founder Ilsa Govan who walks us through the process. 


Equity Leaders Workshop

Equity leaders workshop with dates.

February 8th & 9th, 2024

8:30-12:00pm PST


Led by our co-founders Caprice and Ilsa, this workshop provides an opportunity for equity leaders to share strategies for organizational change, problem solve some of the challenges they face, and to network. 


Ilsa on The Sparking Entrepreneur Podcast

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Our co-Founder Ilsa was on The Sparking Entrepreneur podcast to share her 15-year entrepreneurial journey with host Kiran Agrahar.

The interview provides valuable insights into Ilsa's passion for creating positive change and dispelling myths around diversity, equity, and inclusion work. 

Listen on Spotify or the podcatcher of your choice.

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Upcoming DEIB/Social Justice Events

For details on these and other events, workshops and conferences, visit our Events Calendar. If you have an event you would like us to share, please reach out to us!

  • 12/18: Building a Race Equity Culture Workshop

  • 12/19: NAMI BIPOC Support Group

  • 12/21: Tsuru for Solidarity Palestine Power Hour

  • 12/21: SURJ Abolition Action Hour

  • 12/21: NAMI LGBTQ+ Mental Health Support Group

  • 12/22: Black, Trans & Queer: COVID Conscious Support Group

  • 12/29: FOCS Indigenous Parents Group

  • 12/30: Sacred Saturdays with Dr. Bre

...and more!


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