The Hill We Climb: A Panel Discussion on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

The Hill We Climb: A Panel Discussion on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Event moderator Joyce Searcy with panelists: Yuri Cunza, Ashlee Davis, Joanne Pulles, and Yanika Smith Bartley

Recently, Young Leaders Council (YLC) hosted The Hill We Climb: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Discussion Panel featuring Joyce Searcy, Founder and Principal of Momentum, LLC and Community Relations Director for Belmont University, as moderator.  Guest panelists included: Joanne Pulles, Vice-President for Community Engagement at HCA Healthcare and President of the HCA Healthcare Foundation; Yanika Smith-Bartley, Vice President and Chief Diversity & Talent Strategy Officer for Asurion; Yuri Cunza, President and CEO of the Nashville Area Hispanic Chamber of Commerce; and Ashlee Davis, Vice President and Senior Diversity & Inclusion Manager for AllianceBernstein (AB). If you missed the live panel discussion, you can watch the event recording below.    

Event Attendees engaged in virtual networking on platform, iBreakthrough.

Sponsored by diversity consulting firm, people3, the free virtual event welcomed close to 100 attendees and represented a major step for YLC as the organization seeks to create awareness and support systemic change throughout the Middle Tennessee non-profit community.  The panel discussion was part of YLC’s Impact Series, which provides continuing education enrichment for alumni and community partners. Participants left the event with insight, awareness and actionable steps to help them increase opportunity, equity and engagement of diverse voices throughout non-profit organizations and the community.

When asked why this conversation is important for YLC, panel moderator, Joyce Searcy said “the corporate and nonprofit leaders who participated in this important panel discussion are helping to prepare YLC students and alumni for the hill they must climb as board members within the Nashville community.  My hope is that as board leaders, they dare to ask the necessary questions, challenge the status quo, and create the perfect environment to drive change.”

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cityCURRENT Get On Board

cityCURRENT Get On Board

Get On Board Webinar | cityCURRENT | July 17, 2020

It’s Free! Register Here

Join cityCURRENT for a webinar event, Get On Board, co-hosted with the Center for Nonprofit Management. If you are interested in future nonprofit board service or growing in your skills as a current board member, you will want to tune in. This event will feature a panel of former Salute to Excellence Board Member of the Year Award Winners. They will share about their experience in board service and insight about best practices regarding board leadership and service.

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Support Gilda’s Club – Two Virtual Events Coming Your Way!

Support Gilda’s Club – Two Virtual Events Coming Your Way!

Support our local nonprrofit friends during TWO exciting virtual events! Read below for more details.

Gilda’s Club Virtual 5K | April 24-26, 7 a.m. Friday to 7 p.m. Sunday

Visit the Eventbrite page here for more info and how to get your ticket! Tickets: $25-40

THEN, plan to virtually attend Gilda’s Club’s Songwriters Night, Featuring Dennis Matkosky, Greg Barnhill and Erin Enderlin

When: May 6, 6-7pm | Tickets HERE | Held on Facebook Live HERE

Tickets: Suggested donation of $150, anyone is welcome to watch!

City Lights 2020 | Family & Children’s Service Spring Event

City Lights 2020 | Family & Children’s Service Spring Event

City Lights 2020 | Family & Children’s Service March 28, 2020 – 6:30PM

We love our nonprofit friends at Family & Children’s Service! In fact, they hosted our most recent Opening Class Session for Young Leaders Council! They are hosting a spring event, City Lights 2020 – honoring Hunter Atkins & John Steele.

The party will feature a 70s Disco theme with live music by legendary funk band Delicious, dancing, and catering by Johnny Haffner. John Steele and Hunter Atkins will be honored for their community service and support of FCS. It’s a cocktail supper (open buffet; no tables). This makes it easy for partygoers to mingle all night. 70s costumes are encouraged (but not required), and there will be fun surprises throughout the evening.

The event benefits Family & Children’s Service, which serves more than 50,000 of our community’s most vulnerable children and families each year.

If you or your business would like to sponsor the event, please contact Beth Hall at 615.340.9718

Impact Luncheon | Social Enterprise | March 26, 2020

Impact Luncheon | Social Enterprise | March 26, 2020

Impact Luncheon: Social Enterprise 

Continuing Education | March 26 | Second Harvest Food Bank | 11:30-1:00

No better place to learn more about Social Enterprise than from the experts themselves! Join us for an Impact Luncheon featuring Hal Cato (Thistle Farms), Mike Lenda (The Well Coffeehouse), and Kim Molnar (Second Harvest Food Bank).

This conversation will be led by Michael Woodnorth of Woodnorth Advisory. We will define social enterprise and discuss its benefits for nonprofits through examples and real-world experience. We will also explore how social enterprise fits into (and enhances) the traditional nonprofit structure and the questions you should ask to help decide if social enterprise is right for your nonprofit.

Tickets Here – $20 | Includes box lunch