2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
This workshop will give you an opportunity to reflect on the importance of having diverse boards, discuss concrete steps your co-op can take to maximize its multifarious benefits, and explore ways to navigate diverse opinions around decision-making tables.
The global pandemic has exposed us to the harsh inequities that always existed but were rarely questioned. People are more attuned to the need to truly represent the communities they serve at all levels. Many strive to achieve visible diversity but may not reach meaningful inclusion. Change needs to start at the top. Embracing a diverse board is the first step towards dismantling systemic racism. This workshop will give you an opportunity to reflect on the importance of having diverse boards, discuss concrete steps your co-op can take to maximize its multifarious benefits, and explore ways to navigate diverse opinions around decision-making tables. It will also tackle the role of the board and how to promote and support diversity.
• Understanding why diversity on board matters
• Onboarding and retaining diverse board members
• Defining Inclusive leadership for board members
• Reflecting on personal racial identity and privilege
• Examining and mitigating unconscious biases
• Building equitable culture
• Advancing equity on the board and in the organization
Subramanian Sangeeta has over 20 years of professional experience in in the not-for-profit sector in Canada and Asia in the areas of strategic planning, equity and inclusion, facilitation, research and policy, partnership development, stakeholder engagement, mentoring, leadership development and civic engagement. Her experiences of working in different countries and sectors, and as an immigrant racialized woman in a settler society have helped her develop the skills to operate in a variety of cultural settings and communicate effectively and engage meaningfully with different constituencies.
Sangeeta is the founder of Chetana Consulting, a boutique firm the focuses on systems approach to Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in the public and private sector. Prior to this, she has held senior leadership roles with the Immigrant Employment Council of BC, Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, The Maytree Foundation, South Asian Women’s Centre and Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants, Sangeeta is active in the community in her professional capacity and as a volunteer serving on the Burnaby Intercultural Planning Table, Board of BC College of Nurses and Midwives, Burnaby Together – Coalition Against Racism and Hate, and Nova Vita Co-op Housing Society.
Sangeeta completed her post-graduate studies in Management from the Indian Institute of Management and a program in Non-Profit Management and Leadership from Schulich School of Business York University. She also is a certified trainer on Inter-Cultural Communication and has extensive training and experience in facilitation. As a lifelong learner and disruptor of status quo, Sangeeta derives her passion and commitment for this work from the many Indigenous, Black and racialized people that show up in white spaces everyday and continue to battle through trauma to make the world a better place for everyone that has been marginalized.
Her motto is:
“I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change. I am changing the things I cannot accept.” ― Angela Y. Davis