Thursday, 13 December

12:00 - 1:00 pm | Lunch

1:00 - 1:15 pm | Welcome & Opening Comments

Larry Kramer, President, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

1:15 - 1:45 pm | Introductions

Keecha Harris, Director, Presidents’ Forum

1:45 - 2:15 pm | Context Setting: Presidents’ Forum Interview Data Review

Keecha Harris, Director, Presidents’ Forum

2:15 - 2:45 pm | Building Common Ground and Calibrating Our Compass

Yavilah McCoy and Mike Allison, Co-Facilitators

2:45 - 3:30 pm | Relationship-Building Exercise

3:30 - 3:45 pm | Break

3:45 - 4:45 pm | Leadership Discussion with a Global Thought Leader (to be announced)

What is the racial equality imperative? What type of leadership will help us mend?

4:45 - 5:00 pm | Break

5:00 - 5:45 pm | Power and the Power of Relationships: Understanding How We Lead

Yavilah McCoy and Mike Allison

5:45 - 6:00 pm | Closing Exercise

Yavilah McCoy and Mike Allison

6:00 - 7:15 | Dinner and Performance

Sarah Jones, American playwright*

Friday, 14 December

8:00 - 8:30 am | Breakfast and Opening Pulse Check

8:30 - 8:45 am | Gallery Walk

8:45 - 9:30 am | Pulse Check Summary, Homework Review, and Reflections on Day 1

Yavilah McCoy and Mike Allison

9:30 - 10:30 am | Whom Do I Trust and What Informs How I Build Trusting Relationships

Yavilah McCoy and Mike Allison

10:30 - 10:45 am | Break

10:45 - 12:00 pm | CEO Panel and Racial Equity Leadership Discussion: Trust the Process. Trust Me.

Facilitated by Keecha Harris

12:00 - 12:30 pm | Personal Reflection Space

12:30 - 1:30 pm | Lunch

1:30 - 2:30 pm | CEO Consultancy

Yavilah McCoy and Mike Allison

2:30 - 3:00 pm | Pulse Check and Break

3:00 - 4:00 pm | Individual Action and Accountability Plan Development: What Will I Do? What Supports Will I Need?

Yavilah McCoy and Mike Allison

4:00 - 4:45 pm | Invitation and Engagement

Yavilah McCoy and Mike Allison

4:45 - 5:15 pm | Next Steps and Wrap Up

Yavilah McCoy and Mike Allison

6:00 - 8:00 pm | Optional Dinner



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MIKE ALLISON has been working with nonprofit organizations for more than 25 years on strategic planning, organization development, and governance. He served as Director of Consulting and Research at CompassPoint Nonprofit Services for 15 years. Mike is also an original member of the consulting team that developed and implemented the Haas Jr. Fund’s nationally recognized Flexible Leadership Awards Program, which launched in 2008. Through the Haas Jr. Fund, Mike has been active in exploring how to conduct strategy with racial equity as well as framing leadership development with racial equity at the center. Mike is the coauthor of Strategic Planning for Nonprofit Organizations.


YAVILAH MCCOY is the CEO of the diversity consulting group DIMENSIONS Inc. For over 20 years, Yavilah has worked with a broad base of leaders and organizations to provide transformational resources for diversity, equity, and inclusion strategies. Yavilah is a pioneer of the Jewish diversity and equity movement and has been an activist and mentor for the empowerment of Jews of Color for most of her life. She brings a wealth of wisdom and experience in DEI consulting, nonprofit management, philanthropy, and engagement to her work and has partnered with numerous agencies to build strong, healthy organizations with measurable commitments to racial justice, equity, and anti-oppression in practice. Yavilah was voted one of “16 Faith Leaders to Watch” by the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC.


* We are delighted to share that special guest Sarah Jones, Tony® and Obie Award-winning performer and writer, will join the Presidents Forum for a special performance the evening of December 13th.

Known for the multi-character, one-person Broadway hit Bridge & Tunnel, originally produced by Oscar® winner Meryl Streep, and her current, critically-acclaimed show Sell/Buy/Date, Sarah Jones and her work are celebrated for their humanitarian approach to character and story through the lens of multiculturalism. Additionally, Jones is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, and in this capacity has performed for audiences around the world, and raised awareness of issues including ethnic, racial, and economic disparities in the United States.