Skill Building

Culturally Competent Leadership in Philanthropy

Culturally Competent Leadership in Philanthropy

Event details

Wednesday, January 27, 2016
9:00am to 12:30pm PST
2101 Fourth Avenue Suite 650 Seattle, WA 98121

About this event

Pangea Giving and Philanthropy Northwest are pleased to invite you to an intimate, half-day workshop: Cultural Competent Leadership in the 21st Century

As we grow as a nation, we are learning to become multicultural in a way where we benefit from our differences, rather than expecting people to assimilate into the dominant culture's norms, values and customs. In order to promote, facilitate and drive collaborative action, we must have the courage to unpack how we've been socialized to think about one another and the willingness to recognize institutional advantages and disadvantages people face. This workshop will open the discussion on how to create a culturally competent philanthropic sector and collectively address systemic barriers in order to advance equity through philanthropy.

The workshop will help develop participants’ cultural competence by:

  • Providing a framework on how to address issues of equity and race;
  • Creating common language for entering into discourse;
  • Deepening awareness of self—moving from color blindness to racial cognizance; increasing knowledge of others and their experiences of racism and oppression; developing skills to work effectively across cultures; and advocating and taking action to initiate change;
  • Leveraging story-telling, multi-media, lecture and facilitated exercises.

Participants will walk away with a framework to apply to their individual organizations and a deeper understanding of the role cultural competence plays in fostering trusting, transparent and respectful relationships with grantees.

Cultural Competent Leadership in the 21st Century will lay the groundwork for a second workshop presented by Philanthropy Northwest and Pangea Giving. Date, time and registration for the second workshop, Cultural Competence within the Context of Donor-Grantee Relationships, will be announced shortly. Participants can attend one or both sessions in the series. Those attending the first workshop will receive a discount for the second.

Facilitator: Ilsa Govan, M.A. and Co-Founder of Cultures Connecting

At Cultures Connecting, we’re working for a world based on principles of equity and justice where all people recognize their roles as change agents.

Ilsa Govan has more than 15 years of experience as a facilitator, consultant, and leadership coach and community activist. In her work as an equity and race specialist for Seattle Public Schools, Ilsa developed strategies for addressing institutional bias in a large organization. She also served on the planning teams for the White Privilege Conference and the Seattle Race Conference. Ilsa earned her bachelor's degree in special education at Western Washington University and her master's degree in bicultural human development from Pacific Oaks College Northwest. Ilsa is deeply invested in examining how her own identity influences her interactions with others, particularly through the lens of privilege and oppression.

Eligibility: This workshop is relevant for Philanthropy Northwest members, non-member foundations and corporate giving programs, and Pangea Giving members. Pangea Giving members receive the Philanthropy Northwest member rate. Please contact Kristen Holway at for questions. Registration is non-refundable.

Space is limited to 20 participants; please register early.