Catalyzing Leadership for Equity Convening

In the wake of the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, leaders of color seeking to advance racial justice are facing resistance and backlash. This interactive event will explore insights, reflections, and lessons learned from the field to help inform better investments and support for equity focused leaders of color, with a goal of helping transform existing leadership development programs and inspiring new collective leadership development programs so that they provide substantially more and better support for leaders of color.

The Urban Institute, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is hosting this virtual half-day convening facilitated by racial equity and community engaged methods scholars, Danielle DeRuiter Williams and Elsa Falkenburger, to discuss the experiences, challenges, and opportunities facing equity focused leaders of color. Participants will have the unique opportunity to co-create, inform, and cross-pollinate action steps and recommendations to better support equity focused leaders while becoming acquainted with peers, funders, and other key stakeholders in the field. Findings from this event, along with those we gathered from our landscape scan and prior interviews and focus groups, will be synthesized in a publicly available report set to be published in late December 2022. If you have any questions about this event, please contact [email protected].

The agenda for the convening is continuing to evolve but it will consist of several sessions exploring topics related to equity focused leaders and will be highly interactive.

This is a private, invite-only event.

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. Please email [email protected] if you require any accommodations or have any questions about this event.


Date & Time Friday, October 14, 2022
1:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
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Friday, October 14, 2022

Welcome and sharing of the Urban Institute’s reflections on the research thus far, including preliminary research and findings from interviews and focus groups.

Interactive breakout/small group sessions on:  

  • Leadership Journeys  

  • Investments in Leaders of Color  

  • Traditional and non-traditional leadership programming and training opportunities  


Interactive breakout/small group sessions on:  

  • Moving beyond leadership development to transform organizations and institutions  

  • Shifting from individual towards collective leadership  

Full group session on co-creating the path forward

  • Associate Director, Racial Equity
  • Principal Research Associate