Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion – Power Dynamics 102

Thursday, November 17 at 11:00am -12:30pm ET

Join Whitney Tome and Chris Armijo in a deep dive on sharing power. Sharing power begins with identifying where power lies in structures, processes, and people; then addressing how it is leveraged and wielded. We will discuss how that power can be shared with other organizations, people, and communities to ensure that their voices, including how they define problems, can co-create solutions and drive towards implementation. We look forward to participants bringing examples of where they would like to share power, where they have been successful, or where they have lessons learned.

Whitney Tome

Principal and Head of Beyond Diversity Strategies Practice

Whitney Tome has worked with fishermen, environmentalists, advocates, political strategists, government employees, and thought leaders to develop the approach and solutions needed for the problem. Prior to joining The Raben Group as a principal, Whitney served as the director of diversity and inclusion at the National Parks Conservation Association where she led, defined, and crafted metrics and measures for the organization’s diversity and inclusion efforts. At Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), Whitney served as a strategist, cat herder and trusted advisor in dozens of state and federal political campaigns. She also developed, launched and grew the Fisheries Leadership and Sustainability Forum – a partnership between EDF, Duke, and Stanford. Whitney developed everything from the curriculum for fisheries managers to managing the steering committee, budget, and partners for the Fisheries Forum. Whitney earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College and a J.D. from American University’s Washington College of Law. She also won the International Chamber of Commerce’s (ICC) International Mediation Competition in Paris, France.

Chris Armijo

Principal, Chris Armijo Consulting, LLC

As an experienced professional, Chris’ main area of focus is equity at the national, state and local levels. He brings a diverse set of knowledge and perspectives in epidemiology, community-based participatory research, organizational capacity building for equity, evaluation, policy and advocacy, and philanthropy. This includes working as a Vice President of two non-profits, a health care consultant, foundation staffer, and a public health researcher. He has served on a number of boards including Susan G. Komen Colorado, the Colorado Public Health Association, Denver Urban Gardens, The Conflict Center, and chaired the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment’s inaugural Health Equity Commission. Currently, he is the Principal of Chris Armijo Consulting, LLC focusing on equity in organizational strategy, evaluation, and policy/advocacy. His clients have included organizations focused on health and health policy, food insecurity/hunger, affordable housing, ocean conversation, and K-12 education. Chris has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master’s in Science in Public Health from the University of Colorado at Denver.

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