Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Getting Started

Date: Tuesday September 26, 2017
Time: 12:00-2:00PM
Presenters: Linda Cavaioli, Executive Director, YWCA of Central Massachusetts, & Valerie Zolezzi—Wyndham, Managing Attorney, Community Legal Aid
Audience: Executive directors and other senior nonprofit managers
Location: YWCA of Central Massachusetts Conference Room- 1 Salem Square, Worcester.
Fee: Free. Lunch included
To Register: Submit the form below no later than September 19. You will receive an email confirmation.
Cancellation Policy: 48 hours in advance of the program or we will invoice you $20.

Workshop Description: Are you interested in taking the next step toward equity in your organization and your work, but not sure how to move forward? This session will help. Organized as a clinic and led by two senior managers who are leading their agencies on the journey, you can expect practical advice and consultation in a supportive, non-judging and confidential setting. You will also have ample opportunity to share your experience and learn from others in the group. Follow-up peer support may be available.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS: Since 1992, Linda Cavaoili has served as Executive Director of the YWCA of Central Massachusetts, a $6 million non-profit dedicated to the elimination of racism and empowerment of women. Linda is deeply involved in the Worcester community and serves in various roles including the City Manager’s Task Force on Bias and Hate, Martin Luther King Community Breakfast Committee, The United Service Executives, Chair of the Audit and Oversight of the Board of Directors of Quinsigamond Community College and a member Emeritus for both the Leadership Council of the United Way of Central Massachusetts and the Community Board of DCF Worcester West Area Office and a Commissioner Emeritus of the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women. She holds a BA from the University of New Hampshire and a MBA from Clark University.

Valerie Zolezzi-Wyndham is Community Legal Aid's Worcester based Managing Attorney. In addition to her managing attorney duties, she oversees CLA’s Medical-Legal Partnership and co-chairs CLA's Diversity and Equity Committee. She was with the Legal Assistance Corporation of Central Massachusetts for over 7 years before they joined with Western Massachusetts Legal Services to form Community Legal Aid in 2011. In 2004 she received the Innovations in Legal Services Award in recognition of her vision in creating the Family Advocates of Central Massachusetts, LACCM’s medical-legal collaboration with the University of Massachusetts Medical School. From 2004-2007 Valerie was the Regional Training Director at the Center for Legal Aid Education.


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