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  1. Program Day Information
  2. Follow Up Discussion Information
  3. Optional Thursday Social Information
  4. Leadership Commitment Office Hours

Program DayPreparing for Leadership Commitments (PPT slides)

Date: Wednesday, Jun. 9
Time: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom (see reminder email or YW Boston Connect event page for meeting details)


Our objectives are to

  • Develop a shared understanding of key concepts in organizational change and diversity, equity and inclusion for creating an inclusive workplace. 
  • Become familiar with tools to complete root cause analysis of systemic inequities & practice a root cause analysis of DEI challenges within your or a peer’s workplace
  • Establish understanding of leadership commitment expectations and consider your workplace and sphere of influence as you brainstorm possible projects
  • 9:00 Welcome and opening
  • 9:30 Alumni panel on leadership commitment experiences
  • 10:45 Root Cause Analysis
  • 12:00 Leading Change
  • 1:00 Close

Complete the following readings before our program day:

Be sure that you have completed the monthly Leadership Commitment action steps so far:

  • March: initial conversation with manager to share generally about what leadboston leadership commitment is and get initial thoughts
  • April: Identify some equity related challenge areas in your organization that you should/could consider as you think about taking on a Leadership Commitment (be ready to share one)
  • May: Identify people: who will you need on-board to successfully lead change, who do you anticipate will be supportive of change, who might have trouble/not initially be supportive of change
Expert Speakers

Helen Chan, Director of Business Planning, Partners Healthcare

Jonathan Tetrault, Vice President of Community Impact, The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB)

Jonathan Tetrault, Vice President of Community Impact, joined The Greater Boston Food Bank in August 2011 as Member Services Assistant Manager. In his current role, Mr. Tetrault oversees agency relations, cross dock operations, compliance, capacity building, nutrition, SNAP outreach, and direct to client programming. He guides those teams to systematically close the meal gap in each of the 190 cities and towns within GBFB’s service area. The Community Impact team works towards this goal by strategically increasing the capacity of member agencies and strategic placement of GBFB programs while providing excellent customer service to all GBFB partners. Prior to joining GBFB, he served as the Triage Coordinator at Father Bill’s and MainSpring, a homeless services non-profit on the South Shore.

Mr. Tetrault earned his B.S. in Business Management from Bentley University, a Graduate level certificate in advanced management from Babson College and has traveled to Ghana to work towards food security for orphans being served by a local non-profit. Outside the office he is passionate about immersing his young children in healthy food systems raising vegetables, fruits, nuts, goats, chickens, pigs and rabbits on a full cycle homestead embracing permaculture and ecologically sound land management practices.

Carolyn Shaughnessy, Director of Network Engagement, Social Innovation Forum (SIF)

Carolyn Shaughnessy is the Director of Network Engagement at the Social Innovation Forum (SIF) a Boston-based connector and catalyst committed to building lasting social change. SIF provides training and networks to nonprofit organizations, funders and to skilled volunteers, aligning the strengths and passions of investors and social impact organizations to address complex social problems more effectively. SIF’s work is grounded in a series of core beliefs about the systems of inequity at the root of many social issues, and the need for all of us to continue to learn about diversity, equity, and inclusion, including our own role in these systems. Carolyn’s role at SIF focuses on guiding funders to invest more resources in grassroots, community led nonprofits while utilizing equitable funding practices.

Prior to entering the social justice philanthropic field, Carolyn worked in Higher Education at Boston University, Wheaton College, and George Washington University supporting students with learning disabilities. She worked hard to develop and implement programs to enhance academic and social success and maximize retention. Carolyn also provided training and outreach to faculty and staff to facilitate their understanding of the specialized needs of college students with learning disabilities.

Currently Carolyn serves on the Advisory Board for the Wily Network and a steering committee member for Advisors in Philanthropy. She was a co-founder of A Step Up, a group that encourages women and their families to become involved with innovative non-profits having an impact in their local community.

Carolyn has an Ed.M. from the Boston University, School of Education and B.A. in Psychology from Boston College.

Follow-Up Conversation Information

Date: Wednesday, Jun. 16
Time: 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Location: Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for Zoom info)

Optional Thursday Social Information

Date: Thursday, Jun. 24
Time: 5:05 PM to 6:00 PM
Location: Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for Zoom info)

Leadership Commitment Office Hours

Date: Wednesday, Jun. 30
12:00 PM to 1:30 PM
Zoom (see YW Boston Connect event page for Zoom info)