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Ask a Consultant Series, Session 7: Establishing Long-Term Racial Equity Teams Within Your Organization (Zoom Webinar)

August 11, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Join Forefront and the Association of Consultants to Nonprofits for Ask A Consultant: a monthly interactive, solutions-oriented, virtual office hour with experienced consultants focusing on participants’ burning questions.

Anti-racist, DEI, Racial Equity, Social Justice – these topics have circulated for years, but how do we weave it into the very fabric of our organizations and our work? Hear from expert consultants and discuss with fellow nonprofits where you are on this journey and build the institutional muscle to take lasting action.





Dennis Johnson brings more than twenty years of experience in the corporate, nonprofit, and philanthropic sectors to his work. He has strong skills in organizational development, planning, and facilitation with in-depth experience in engagement, governance, leadership development, organizational learning, project management, strategy, and strengths based, talent systems. In addition to being a Founder and Managing Partner, Dennis is a Principal of Leadership Architecture & Design, an Executive Coach for the Ken Blanchard Companies, and an Instructor at the University of Wisconsin School of Business.

For more information about Dennis, visit https://sortsolgroup.org/about-us/.


Mary Morten is the President of Morten Group (MG), a national consulting firm focusing on clients in the nonprofit, for-profit, and foundation fields. Morten Group is comprised of a multi-racial, cross generational group of professionals—an intentional component of their business model. The firm focuses on diversity, racial equity and inclusion, executive placements, research and organizational development. Mary is an activist, consultant and filmmaker, and currently Mary hosts “Gathering Ground”, a podcast on equity and inclusion, nonprofits and foundations. Look for Gathering Ground wherever you get your podcasts. 

For more information about Mary, visit http://www.mortengroup.com/.



Arthur Padilla has been providing training, education, and support around DEI issues since the early 1990’s. Mr. Padilla comes with a variety of perspectives to this conversation including an academic interest, a professional understanding of how to manage change around DEI issues, and his personal lived experience as a person of color and living as a member of several oppressed groups. The new attention on civil rights and institutionalized oppression has refocused my work on dismantling the foundational structures of oppression and most notably, how to implement a DEI strategic plan within a nonprofit.

For more information about Arthur, visit www.stratag.works.


Panel Moderator: 

Suzanne Griffith is the Founder and Managing Principal of VEGA Partners, a leading Chicago-based social impact consultancy.  VEGA Partners develops powerful strategies for socially responsible organizations to make their good greater. With 25 years of experience in philanthropy and business, Suzanne is leading the firm’s multi-disciplinary approach to creating sustainable social impact for companies, philanthropies and nonprofits.

For more information about Suzanne, visit http://www.vega-partners.com/.



August 11, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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