Removing our Blinders: Why White Leaders Must Listen and Learn

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Thursday, December 3, 2020
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM (EST)

Event Details

Join Melanie Huggins, Executive Director of the Richland Library and Immediate Past Chair of the Together SC Board of Directors on Thursday, December 3 at 9:00 to discuss why white leaders must listen to and learn from their staff of color.

As a white leader of a very diverse organization that prioritizes racial equity internally and in all of its community work, Melanie realized over the past months there was still much to learn. This candid conversation will focus on how white leaders must engage their staff of color and truly listen. With this knowledge, these leaders must then acknowledge their blindspots and commit to strengthening their understanding of racial and social justice. This session will focus on why these steps are critical  in order to effectively take personal, organizational and community action.

In preparation for this conversation, please read this short opinion piece "Your Black Colleagues May Look Like They're Okay - Chances Are They're Not", by Danielle Cadet.

You will leave this conversation with answers to the following:

  • What did I struggle with most when considering today’s topic? Why?
  • How can I apply today’s topic to me, my organization and my community?
  • What will I do differently as a result of today’s topic?
  • How did today’s topic help me better understand racism and white privilege?

Sponsored by:

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Greenville, SC - Official Website

Catherine Puckett
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Catherine Puckett NPA Staff Nonprofit Alliance
Gabrielle Yarborough
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Gabrielle Yarborough Development Director East Cooper Habitat for Humanity, Inc.
JoAnn Turnquist
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JoAnn Turnquist President/CEO Central Carolina Community Foundation
Leigh Thomson
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Leigh Thomson Deputy Director Dorchester Seniors, Inc.
Lenora Lefew
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Lenora Lefew Volunteer and Development Coordinator Harvest Hope Food Bank
Mandy Black
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Mandy Black Executive Director Little Steps
Terri Lottchea
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Terri Lottchea Operations Manger Frances P. Bunnelle Foundation
Yolanda Anderson
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Yolanda Anderson Development/Donor Manager Midlands Mediation Center
3 Other Registered Attendees

For More Information:

Debbie Nelson
Debbie Nelson
President DNA Creative Communications (864)420-0195

Presented by:

Melanie Huggins,

Executive Director, Richland Library

Richland Library