Racial Affinity — Strategies for Working in Organizations and Systems
Attendees of Color Only – This is not an educational session like other NTC sessions. There is no presentation or learning outcomes. This session will have a facilitator team in the room to support the group. The facilitator team is available to support any group activities or conversations as appropriate based around (but not limited to) strategies for working in organizations and systems, as well as feedback from those who join the session.
President, Lead Strategist
Raj founded Provoc in 1999 and serves as President and Lead Strategist. Over twenty years of experience as a communications and technology strategist, he has worked with more than 400 nonprofits and socially responsible businesses on a variety of projects including internal and external branding, marketing and customer engagement. Raj keeps Provoc rooted in empathy-driven work by forging partnerships with values-aligned, visionary leaders and has led workshops and talks at dozens of national conferences. He serves on the boards of Think Local First, DC and Ben’s Chili Bowl Foundation, and recently shared his personal story on NPR.
Founder & Principal
Brevity & Wit
Minal Bopaiah is a strategic consultant with nearly 20 years of professional experience. Her areas of expertise include human-centered design, behavior change psychology, and the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion as they relate to media and marketing.
As the Founder and Principal Consultant of Brevity & Wit, Minal is an expert in using psychological principles to create brand identities and communications that win both hearts and minds. Her work includes helping Cook Ross, a diversity and inclusion consulting firm, increase its website traffic by 1450%, its social media impressions by 120%, and its event revenue by 50% in less than a year. Her clients include PBS Kids, Amnesty International, and the International Center for Research on Women.
Minal’s previous work includes being an educational content specialist for Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind Sesame Street and its international co-productions, and a press intern for Doctors Without Borders. Her media experience includes being a freelance reporter, the International and Features Editor for Boston Metro, and the Executive Editor of Subscription Insider, an online business publication for which she single-handedly generated $200,000 in annual revenues.
Minal’s thought leadership has been published in the Stanford Social Innovation Review and she has been a guest on several podcasts and radio shows, including The Kojo Nnamdi Show on WAMU/NPR, and an invited speaker at many conferences, including the Public Media Development and Marketing Conference hosted by Greater Public.
Minal has a B.A. in English from Bowdoin College, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from Fordham University, and was formally trained in organizational development and change leadership at Georgetown University. In 2016, she was selected as a Digital Production Fellow by Organizing for Action, the nonprofit advocacy group started by President Barack Obama. She currently serves on the Board of Lifestock International, a non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the livelihoods of livestock holders around the world, and on the Advisory Board for Bring Change to Mind, a nonprofit seeking to end mental health stigma. She is currently under contract to write two books on diversity, equity, and inclusion, due out in 2021.
Fernando Foundation For Mental Health
Sithara Fernando was a resident of Fort McMurray, Alberta Canada when a wildfire came through and decimated the town. In the process of fire recovery, Sithara turned her life around, started a mental health foundation and helps to foster strong volunteer relationships in organizations. Sithara is a tireless advocate for the LGBTQ2S+ community and a vocal representative for the POC community. Former Oil and Gas worker turned Environmental Science instructor, Sithara is doing her part to empower the next generation. Sithara is excited to share her experience as a digital volunteer.