People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium: Building and Sustaining Social Capital
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People of Color Nonprofit Leaders Symposium: Building and Sustaining Social Capital

This Symposium is designed to engage Black, Indigenous, and other nonprofit Leaders of Color in a dialogue about the importance of social capital.

When: Friday July 26, 2019
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Spartanburg Methodist College - Ballard Center
1000 Powell Mill Rd
Spartanburg, South Carolina  29301
United States
Contact: Shayne Kinloch
803-929-0399 ext. 14

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Social capital and career advancement for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) serving in the nonprofit sector must be an immediate focus!

What is Social Capital? 

Social capital, by definition, is a personal network that can be tapped into for needed resources, opportunities, and support.  

Why is Social Capital a worthy focus?

Rochelle Parks-Yancy’s book, "Equal Work, Unequal Careers: African Americans in the Workforce," says that studies indicate that 80% of all jobs are found through social capital—capital that People of Color, whether highly educated or not, have lacked.

Nonprofit Sector Outlook: The study "Race to Lead" published its findings of leadership disparities within the nonprofit sector.  Most notably, the percentage of people of color in the executive director/CEO role has remained under 20% for the last 15 years even as the country becomes more diverse.

For-profit Sector Outlook: Google's diversity figures released in 2013 showed that 60% of its workforce was White, with only 1% Black. Company leadership was 72% White, 23% Asian, 2% Black, and 1% Hispanic.  By 2017 nothing had changed for Google, with the percentage of the Black employees remaining at 2% of the total workforce.  The number of Latinx employees also saw little change, increasing by only 3%.  Google is not unique here.  Although these figures are intraorganizational, similar numbers were found across studies of other organizations and industries.  

How can building and sustaining Social Capital change these trends?

  1. Stop the pattern of BIPOC nonprofit professionals being directed to seemingly high-profile positions that are, in fact, of low organizational value and do not afford entry into the firms’ power structure. (Tokenism)
  2. Create the ability for BIPOC nonprofit professionals to find a satisfying, well-paying job through personal relationships, instead of relying solely on institutional sources such as employment agencies, temporary employment sites, etc.
  3. In the event that BIPOC nonprofit professionals who have been terminated or downsized from a "high-status"  - highly paid position, they will not struggle to secure comparable employment and doing so will not be a lengthy process.
  4. Scarce social ties on the job will not prevent the BIPOC nonprofit professional from moving up within their organization, or from changing jobs across organizations.
  5. BIPOC nonprofit professionals will gain promotions, be afforded opportunities for professional development and special trainings, and will spearhead major projects (with minimal or no interference).
  6. BIPOC nonprofit founders will not be shut out from major funding, strategic partnerships, transformative collaborations, or access to professional relationships.

Please join us for our next Symposium where we will discuss strategies for building, sustaining, and contributing to Social Capital as BIPOC nonprofit professionals.  We will examine strategies to harness our collective power in order to create a multicultural nonprofit sector in which diversity, equity, and inclusion are embedded.

Engage with fellow nonprofit leaders, local government officials, field experts, and community advocates to gain a deeper understanding of how to build and sustain Social Capital.  Hear directly from Social Capital experts about how to build your Social Capital, as well as, how to serve as a reservoir of Social Capital for others.
Space is limited, so we recommend you register as soon as possible. Registration closes Thursday, July 25.

All BIPOC nonprofit professionals at all career levels are welcome - this event is not just for CEO's and ED's although we want their voices in the room as well!

Mentors/Partners of Nonprofits: If you can not make it why not send a nonprofit professional who you think will benefit from this important event?

Date: Friday, July 26, 2019         
Time: 12 PM – 3 PM ; Registration begins at 11:30 AM                  
Location: Spartanburg Methodist College - Ballard Center 1000 Powell Mill Rd Spartanburg, SC 29301

 *Refreshments will be served*






2:00 PM - 2:30 PM - TABLE EXERCISE



Keynote Speakers

Roderick "Rod" White
Managing Partner,
New York Life


Anita Garrett
Women Engaged


Speakers and Panelists


Travis Wharton
Economic Mobility Consultant,
The Spartanburg County Foundation


Jevertus "JB" Burnett
Financial Services Representative,
New York Life



Charles "Cee" Spann
Spann Realty Company


Hope Blackley
District Director for
Congressman William Timmons


Michanna Talley Tate, Esq.
Michanna Talley Legal Services



Rev. Dr. M. Keith McDaniel, Sr.
Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church



Michael Brown
Spartanburg County Council,
District One Representative


Mitch Kennedy
Assistant City Manager,
Spartanburg, SC



Prischilla Ramsey
Administrative Manager,
USC School of Medicine


About Our Event Host

Victor Durrah, Jr., Brothers Restoring Urban Hope, Inc. - Executive Director & Spartanburg Methodist College - Director of Professional Development

Victor Durrah, Jr. is a native of Cowpens, SC.  He holds an associates degree from Spartanburg Methodist College and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Non-Profit Administration and Management from the University of South Carolina Upstate. Victor has worked in the non-profit sector for over 12 years in youth development.
Victor started his career with the Palmetto Council BSA in September of 2010, and served as the Director of Multi-Cultural Markets and retired in 2019.
During his 13 years in the Youth Development profession, Victor has been recognized as a graduate of the Grassroots Leadership Program Spartanburg, Black History Maker of the Upstate 2012, BSA PDL1, PDL2, PDL3 certified employee, and has been recognized for the Mary L. Thomas Award for his civic leadership and community engagement in the Spartanburg community. Victor also serves as Community Services Chairman for The Community Group. In his free time Victor serves as the A.I.M (Athletes In Ministry) youth advisor for Born Anew Church located in Spartanburg. 
Victor co founded Brothers Restoring Urban Hope, Inc. a non profit organization that focuses on group mentoring for young men, and was recently recognized for his works as a part of the Talented 10th young professionals class of the Upstate.
Victor is currently attending Clemson University and plans to receive his Masters in Public Administration. Victor currently serves as the Executive Director of Brothers Restoring Urban Hope, Inc. He also works as the Director of Professional Development & Student Success at Spartanburg Methodist College.

About Our Event Facilitator

Shayne Kinloch, Together SC - Programs & Operations Manager 

In Shayne`s Program Management role, she manages the Carolina Leadership Seminars Program as well as the Black Nonprofit Leaders Collaborative, including serving as the point of contact for participants, funders, and community partners.  She also works with the Knowledge Network Services Manager to support the Board Leadership Seminars Program.  In her role as Operations Manager, she provides high-level administrative support to Together SC’s staff, Board of Directors, committees, members, and associates, and handles much of the behind-the-scenes, day-to-day operations and other vital tasks.    Shayne’s awareness of the gap between personal and governmental resources is why she has dedicated more than fifteen years of her life to nonprofits.  She has experienced much joy from helping others identify pathways to achieve their own personal success.  She has been pleased to offer operational, instructional, organizational, training, and administrative support to the nonprofit sector.   Shayne has a passion for serving vulnerable populations and works to bridge inequities through her service on the Race Equity & Inclusion Leadership Collaborative.  Shayne also serves as School Improvement Council Chair and Title I Parent Advisory Council Representative for a local elementary school.  She was educated at Columbia College where she earned both her bachelor’s degree and master’s in Organizational Leadership. 


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Thank you Allies for Good!

*Use of the term Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) is not intended to erase the unique challenges of any individual race.  We understand that people of color are not one homogeneous group and that their struggles do not mirror.  For instance, the phrase "women of color" was developed and introduced for wide use by a group of black women activists at the National Women's Conference in 1977.  The phrase was used as a method of communicating solidarity between non-white women that was, according to Loretta Ross, not based on "biological destiny" but instead a political act of naming themselves.  The phrase is now used to unify all women experiencing multiple layers of marginalization with race and ethnicity as a common issue.  The application of the title “women of color” covers people of color in general.  As stated by Joshua Adams, we use the term to “acknowledge the ways in which racism affects people from many groups… and [as] a platform for [our] collective shared experiences, concerns, etc.”  However, we implore all to name the actual race and NOT use the terms people of color/women of color/men of color when an issue is specific to one group of people. Ex: Redlining against Black people, internment of Japanese people, lack of Native people in film and media, etc.*

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Phone: (803) 929-0399
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Columbia, SC 29211

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