The Greater Minnesota Virtual Networking events are designed to keep us connected across the state. Each of the networking events will have a short presentation (10-20 minutes) along with plenty of time for networking and discussion on the designated topic. Bring your questions and expertise on the topic! With our cameras and microphones on, we can stay connected, learn, and support one another.
The event will be on Zoom. You will need a computer and a back-up audio method.
Register for the event on Zoom. You will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting after registering.
Terri Allred is the Greater Minnesota and Southeast regional coordinator for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, where she serves as a liaison between MCN’s St. Paul office and nonprofits in Southeast Minnesota. Terri has worked in the nonprofit sector her entire life, mostly focused around issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. She has served as the executive director of five nonprofits in three states and currently lives in Rochester. Prior to joining MCN, Terri served as the director of community engagement for the Women’s Shelter and Support Center. She has a B.A. from Wake Forest University and an M.T.S in Feminist Theology from Vanderbilt Divinity School.
MCN is continuing to host many free and paid professional development events in a virtual format. They want to make these events as accessible as possible. They know that a third of nonprofit employees have applied for unemployment since the pandemic began, and many other organizations are struggling financially. Their event scholarships are always available for jobseekers, small nonprofits, and nonprofits in Greater Minnesota. Reach out if you need support to attend any of their events.
Advancing Racial Equity – Virtual Training
This workshop is ideal for any individual working to challenge inequity and racism. Individuals with more background on these topics will gain new ways of talking about race and racism, as a means to support changes in your community. Individuals newer to these topics will walk away with a greater sense of the national and local history of race and racism, as a context for understanding your place in the conversation. Whether your nonprofit works in areas of housing, education, health, the arts, or the environment – understanding the history of race and privilege helps us understand how to work better today.
SooJin Pate is passionate about increasing workplace diversity, fostering inclusion, and creating access and opportunity for those who have been historically left out in order to level the playing field. That is why she has devoted the past two decades working to center the lives and experiences of historically marginalized peoples in her roles as a professor and DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) professional. As a self-care practitioner, SooJin has led workshops across the country on how to maintain work/life balance and how to take care of yourself when taking care of others. SooJin is a subject matter expert in all things DEI, as she has taught courses on race, gender, class, sexuality, and U.S. history and culture at various colleges and universities in the Twin Cities area. A dynamic speaker and educator, she is skilled in making learning interactive, interesting, and relevant to the lives of workshop participants.
An alumna of Howard University, SooJin received her M.A. in English. She earned her Ph.D. in American studies at the University of Minnesota, specializing in women of color feminism, critical race theory, and comparative race and ethnic studies (African American, Asian American, Latinx, and American Indian studies). She is the author of From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption (University of Minnesota Press, 2014). Her writings on DEI, self-care, motherhood, African American literature, and Korean adoption have appeared in various journals and anthologies.
Anne Phibbs is the founder and president of Strategic Diversity Initiatives. Anne brings over 25 years’ experience helping organizations advance their equity, diversity, and inclusion goals. She is adept at assessing an organization’s strengths and challenges and tailoring her approach to its context, culture, and goals. Anne has delivered hundreds of workshops and classes for thousands of participants in corporate, government, higher education, nonprofit, healthcare, and faith community settings. Anne built a successful diversity and inclusion leadership program at the University of Minnesota, with a focus on emotional intelligence (EI), and she is an EI Practitioner certified in the EQ-i2.0 and EQ360 methods. As director of education at the University of Minnesota, she was responsible for developing and implementing their successful Certificate Program, a series of 10 workshops designed to increase capacity for diversity and inclusion work across every part of the institution. Anne earned her Ph.D. in philosophy and feminist studies from the University of Minnesota.