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Governance and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Presentation

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John F Kennedy University

100 Ellinwood Way

Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

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Recent movements have energized the drive towards greater diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) across our society. Nonprofits have played a major role in these movements, but, as a sector, they have failed to lead by example. A 2017 survey of nearly 1,800 foundations and charities found that 90 percent of CEOs and board chairs and 84 percent of board members were white, figures which are largely the same as those from 20 years ago.

This presentation will focus on why nonprofits and their boards should include the promotion of DEI as a core organizational value, whether promoting DEI is a fiduciary responsibility, how to (and not to) build diversity on the board, and what steps a board can take in promoting DEI in their organizations and in furtherance of their organization's mission and values

About the Speaker, Gene TakagiGene Takagi

Gene Takagi is the managing attorney of NEO Law Group and contributing editor of the Nonprofit Law Blog. At NEO, Gene has represented over 700 nonprofit organizations on corporate, tax, and charitable trust law matters. A former manager in the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, Gene’s diverse perspectives make him a popular speaker and writer on nonprofit legal topics. He is a regular contributor to The Nonprofit Quarterly and Nonprofit Radio and has written opinions for The New York Times and The Chronicle of Philanthropy. In 2016, Gene was recognized by the American Bar Association Nonprofit Organizations Committee as Outstanding Nonprofit Lawyer. Gene is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and holds a graduate degree in nonprofit administration.

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