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Member | CEO Forum: DEI Strategies

Chief executives of GCN member organizations are invited to participate in this forum, which provides an opportunity to address individual challenges together. These facilitated, interactive discussions are designed to assess where we stand as a community, share what we’re doing successfully, and answer questions about immediate needs.

This month, our topic is strategies for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Now is a pivotal time for taking action and addressing some of the DEI issues in your organization. Last year, amidst the call for social and racial justice, many organizations issued DEI statements and policies; some organizations went further, holding listening sessions and town hall meetings; others created DEI plans. So how do you lead from here? What strategies are a priority? What will have the greatest impact for the organization, for the board, and for your employees?

Find out in an engaging discussion with expert facilitators and fellow nonprofit leaders about one of the most important issues facing nonprofits today.


Melanie Calhoun serves as a Senior Consultant for Yardstick Management, supporting the diversity and inclusion line of business. With her expertise in marketing management and diversity and inclusion initiatives, Melanie helps organizations improve DEI strategies by conducting assessments, establishing clear and measurable DEI goals, and creating long-term roadmaps to address the structural inequality that may exist.

Kathy Keeley, Executive Vice President of Programs at GCN, has experience as a social entrepreneur, a consultant, the chief of staff for the mayor of Minneapolis, founder of multiple organizations, and the director of nonprofit and for-profit businesses. Over her 35-plus years as a consultant, she has turned around struggling and underperforming ventures, helped launch new companies and initiatives, and given established successes new pathways toward efficiency and expansion. Learn more.

This event is exclusively for chief executives and executive directors of member organizations. Not a member? Reach out to [email protected] for more information.

Program Stats:


November 18, 2021


10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT


Online Event
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Registration Details

Registration for CEO Forums is free and limited to chief executives and executive directors of GCN Nonprofit Member Organizations. 

Member dues must be current when the meeting link is sent out the week of the session.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected] or 678-916-3080.