Member Meet-up - A Place Like Home: Storytelling for the Global Majority

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Join a cohort of BIPOC nonprofit leaders to co-create a space of belonging. The hottest three letters in every workplace right now are D,

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The hottest three letters in every workplace right now are D, E and I. So, what do those letters mean for Black, Indigenous and People of Color in the nonprofit sector who want to share their truths in a space meant to foster a sense of belonging? Three of Mission Capital's facilitators of color and native identity invite you to co-design that space alongside us.

This will be the first in a series of meetings throughout the year.

What to expect from this Member Meetup:

• Building racial stamina

• Learning about hidden and seen identities

• Storytelling skills and practice

• Honoring and uplifting anyone who's ever felt "othered"

You might consider signing up for this meetup if you resonate with one or more of the following:

• Emerging leaders of color at nonprofits

• Name is often mispronounced

• Packed lunches were made fun of in grade school

• You code-switch

• You struggle finding makeup to match your skin tone

• You've been asked "Where are you from?" or "What are you?" or “Are you full-blooded?”

• Strangers have tried to guess your ethnicity

• Completing the US Census triggers an identity crisis

This meetup will be capped at 20 participants. Please complete this brief survey after registration if you are interested in attending.


Minh Ha, Consultant, Mission Capital

Minh brings a variety of nonprofit, government and private-sector experience to Mission Capital. Prior to Mission Capital, she served on Oracle’s Corporate Citizenship team, providing nonprofits throughout the world with free cloud technology solutions. Minh’s background includes business development, capacity-building, fundraising and marketing. She discovered her passion for public service during her undergraduate studies in International Relations at Tufts University, and had the opportunity to nurture those interests while working on various civic engagement projects throughout Oregon.

Outside of work hours, you can find Minh dancing to live music around Austin, bouldering at the gym, playing board games with friends or cooking too many things at once.

Elizabeth Park, Executive & Development Coordinator

Elizabeth’s passion for community development, systems change and social justice led her to Mission Capital following her undergraduate studies in Anthropology and International Relations at the University of Texas at Austin. Her focus areas at Mission Capital include building strategic partnerships across sectors, executive support, project management and supporting organizational operations.

Prior to Mission Capital, Elizabeth gained experience in the nonprofit sector while interning with A Glimmer of Hope and Girlstart. She also spent her college career conducting research on the High Court of Australia for the Clark Center for Australian and New Zealand Studies. After serving as the Education Chair for Texas UNICEF, Elizabeth helped launch UT Austin’s first Generation United Nations chapter as their Marketing Director. Her goal was to build an empowered community of global citizens where students could tell their stories and turn discussion into action.

In her free time, you can find Elizabeth reading a book, enjoying a bowl of jjigae and spending time with her cats.

Chelsea Hartness, Membership Manager, Mission Capital

Chelsea is passionate about connecting with people and serving the Austin community. Her background in small business and tech industries include both nonprofit and for-profit entrepreneurial organizations, with specialization in growing teams, creating products, and leading outreach efforts. Her areas of expertise include business development, community building, marketing, project management and digital media management.

Prior to joining Mission Capital, Chelsea led consumer marketing and sales for Maggie Louise Confections and served as Membership Manager for Austin Technology Council, where she oversaw periods of major growth and transition for both organizations. A former Career Center Advocate for Dress for Success and member of the Women of Wardrobe Board as Volunteerism Chair, she now serves as a Sexual Assault Advocate for Eloise House, a community initiative led by SAFE.

Chelsea holds an MBA in Digital Media Management from St. Edward’s University and a certification in Patisserie & Baking from Le Cordon Bleu. You can find her reading… everything.


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