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White leaders working on antiracism

White Leaders Working on Antiracism is a dedicated space for reflection, learning, and practice for white leaders who aspire to lead with equity.
Join us for this four week virtual series designed to support your reflection, growth, and planning as an equity leader.
Course Dates:​
  • Thursday, January 28
  • Thursday, February 4 

  • Thursday, February 11

  • Thursday, February 18

Course Time:​
Each class will meet from
10:00-11:45am PT / 1:00-2:45pm ET
If the current WLWA course offering does not work for your schedule, join the WLWA Mailing list on the Registration page.
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"This experience was a great mix of learning, processing with a small group, and planning for action. I loved the articles, podcasts, and videos we interacted with, and especially the opportunity to really carve out the time and focus on this content for myself. It felt like a gift!"

— Education Consultant

WHAT participants SAY

Frequently asked questions

Why this learning community?


This series is designed for leaders who feel called to deepen their understanding and commitment to antiracism. By engaging in foundational inner work to understand the origins and impact of whiteness at work in their leadership, participants will grow in self-awareness, notice their own impact and step more confidently into the discomfort of antiracist conversations and action.




Why do this with other white leaders?


Increasingly, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) leaders are encouraging white colleagues to do their own work (before or in addition to) engaging in multi-racial dialogues. White affinity spaces provide spaces to learn, self-reflect and be lovingly challenged to live in greater alignment with our beliefs - without doing harm to our BIPOC colleagues in the process.




Is this course right for me?


This series is designed for white leaders who have a foundational understanding of issues of race and equity (e.g. unconscious bias, white privilege, white supremacy) and want to deepen their lived commitment to antiracism.




What can I expect out of this course?


As a member of this learning community you will:

  • Engage in rigorous reflection on your impact as a white leader
  • Understand and examine how our culture of white supremacy (“whiter is better”) functions in your leadership and how you can begin to notice and dismantle it
  • Lean into the discomfort of racial justice work and practice engaging with love in challenging conversations about race
  • Translate our growing awareness and reflection into sustained action




What will we cover?


Topics we will cover during our four sessions include:

  • How white supremacy was constructed, and your personal story of whiteness
  • What antiracism is and how white supremacy functions in your leadership
  • Receiving feedback on racism and interrupting white supremacy - in yourself and in others - with care
  • Applying your learnings to practical leadership challenges and committing to your next meaningful action toward antiracism




Who helped create the course materials?


We give special thanks to our partner Lesley Brown Rawlings at Beloved Community for providing advisory support to ensure that our programming is centered in the perspectives of BIPOC experts in equity work.




Who benefits from my participation fee?


50% of the course proceeds will be dedicated to Black thought leaders who inform this work, to Beloved Community (a Black-led organization) for advising us on the work, and used to fund the development of offerings for BIPOC leaders. The other 50% covers the operational program costs and stipends to volunteer facilitators and coordinators.




Is my participation fee refundable?


Program registration is non-transferable. You can cancel your registration up to 2 weeks before the registration deadline. There is a $50 cancelation fee. Cancellations after the 2 week period are non-refundable.




What if I can't afford the participation fee?


Our base participation fee is $250 or pay what you can afford. If $250 is above your budget, please contact hello@leadingelephants.com for further support. Note: Our “pay what you can afford” policy is designed for individuals paying out of pocket. For organizations in need of financial accommodation, please contact hello@leadingelephants.com and we will set up a time to discuss your needs.




What will be exptected of me?


WLWA is a collective learning experience. Over the course you will be working with a large whole group (75+ people), in sections (14-16 people), and in small practice partner groups (3-4 people). The small pracitce partner groups will remain the same throughout the entirety of the course, meaning your participation in the course each week will highly impact the groups' collective experience. We’re asking every participant to commit to the following:

  • Keep what is shared in this space confidential (what’s said here stays here, what’s learned here can leave here)
  • Speak your truth (versus speaking for others)
  • Commit to your learning and the learning of our community by taking care of yourself, staying engaged, and showing up prepared
  • Have grace for yourself and give grace to others (we will make mistakes in our work together!)
  • Attend a minimum of 3 sessions live, and to watch the session recording of the class that you miss
  • Give us at least 48 hours notice if you cannot attend a session
For more information about our expectations, we invite you to read our Community Agreement here. ​​​​




I want to sign up 5+ people from my organization. Is this possible?


Groups of 5+ people from the same organization take special care given the personal nature of Antiracism work. We're happy to work with you to make these accomodations and to give you a clear picture of what the experience will be like for people in your group. Please contact hello@leadingelephants.com to start the registration process.





 

Meet the facilitators

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Marion Biglan

Marion is the founder of Illuminate Coaching and is passionate about developing racially conscious leaders and workplaces that bring about a just and equitable world.  Marion brings to her practice over two decades of experience in education, human capital, and nonprofit leadership. 

A certified coach through Coach Diversity Institute, Marion is the co-founder of a network of women who come together to build deeper relationships across race called Women in Community.  Marion presented at the 2018 White Privilege Conference on “Whiteness at Work - How is Whiteness at Work in Your Leadership?” and is a guest lecturer on whiteness at Arcadia University.

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Miwa Kamras

Miwa is a coach and consultant at MPKamras Consulting and works with leaders in the education and non-profit sectors.  

 

Miwa is a certified coach through CoachDiversity Institute and brings experience as a classroom teacher, non-profit leader, and human capital partner to her work. She is  passionate about building relationships, cultivating community, and developing leaders to maximize their impact. Throughout her career, she has partnered with a range of mission driven leaders and organizations to build more diverse and inclusive teams and to ensure that equity is the foundation of the work.

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Michelle Moore Hernandez

Michelle is the CEO and Founder of Leading Elephants, a consulting organization that brings mission driven organizations and people together across lines of difference to help them live as their best selves, create cultures where people thrive and achieve collective goals that inspire.  

 

Michelle brings her extensive executive coaching, organizational healing, and facilitation experience to transform teams and organizations.  She is passionate about building bridges to center anti-racist practices in leadership and to catalyze inclusive, dynamic cultures where all identities can thrive.

 
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