21NTC Session

Workshop: Shaping a DEI workplace in a remote world


According to the Charities Review Council, 91% of donors believe that a nonprofits’ commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is important. And a report from Scientific American found that diverse workplaces can encourage people to be more creative and more diligent. Having a healthy, equitable workplace can help your organization retain your top talent, which has historically been a huge challenge for nonprofits. More importantly, a strong DEI program helps every employee to show up each day without fear that they can’t be their true selves.

The pandemic and remote working has challenged DEI efforts, it doesn’t need to sideline them.

In this interactive workshop, you’ll learn the steps to create an active, engaged workplace while working together and remotely, including:

  • Deepening the commitment to DEI efforts by staff working remotely
  • Engaging staff in leading the charge to disrupt biases
  • Moving from discussion ideas to taking action

Session Type

60 minute workshop

Learning Outcomes

  • How to engage staff on sensitive issues and topics
  • Steps to building an inclusive workplace
  • Develop an annual plan to keep DEI topics in the forefront

Target Audience

Staff and leadership committed to learning how to implement best EID practices at their organization.


DEIEngagementStaff DevelopmentTeam-Building


LaCheka Phillips

Director of Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Culture


As the Director of Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Culture, LaCheka ensures TechSoup’s equity, diversity, and inclusion efforts are a fundamental pillar of the organization’s cultural development.

diana ruiz


Women's Global Leadership Initiative

Diana Ruiz is the CEO and founder of Women’s Global Leadership Initiative. Since 2008, Diana has served as a professional advisor for women’s leadership and economic development in several communities throughout the United States, Latin America, the Balkan Region and women in STEM associations in Tunisia and Turkey. Diana resides in San Francisco, where WGLI is headquartered. The daughter of pro-democracy Cuban revolutionaries, Diana continues to build on her family’s legacy through believing in the possibility of a more just world. Diana received her BA in organizational behavior from the University of San Francisco and has worked for more than 20 years in finance, sales, mediation and labor negotiations. In 2020 Diana and LaCheka Phillips founded and helped launched the DEI Initiative: to strengthen professional women in the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion space by creating a community where support, collaboration, and trust allow for ‘real conversations’.



March 25, 2021


9:45am – 10:45am