United Way of Larimer County will host a series of three training opportunities designed to support nonprofits as they work to advance equity within their organizations and our community. 

Each session will offer guidance for targeted audiences seeking to center equity and inclusion within specific functional areas, including:  

  • Program coordinators and other direct-service staff and volunteers
  • Board members and executive leadership 
  • Marketing and communications staff

The Advancing Equity in Larimer County training series will be facilitated by Patrice M. Palmer of eRoot Consulting. Nonprofit staff and volunteers are invited to attend at no cost; however, space is limited and early registration is encouraged.  

About the expert:

Patrice M. Palmer (they/them/theirs) hails from both the Sea Islands of South Carolina & Detroit, Michigan. Patrice is an award-winning diversity, equity & inclusion (DEI) advocate, motivational speaker, and DEI strategist. Working in both academia as an adjunct professor of Organizational Leadership and the inaugural Director of Social & Cultural Inclusion for the College of Business at Colorado State University, Patrice has also brought their talents to the U.S. craft beer industry where they are the inaugural DEI Specialist for New Belgium Brewing Company; the 4th largest brewing company in the U.S. Voted in 2020 as one of the Most Important Voices in craft beer by Hop Culture Magazine, Patrice has appeared on numerous podcasts, panels and other media speaking about intersectional leadership and workplace inclusion. As a United States Fellow of the RSA of London, Patrice’s passion has taken them internationally working with major agencies around the world in creating inclusive workplace cultures. From domestic to international and from nonprofit to Fortune 500 companies; Patrice approaches each coaching session with a single goal of improving the workplace experience for ALL.  

Session Information 

What’s the Deal with Inclusivity? 

June 2, 2021 | 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

This session will challenge, enlighten, and expand the perspectives of program coordinators and other direct-service staff and volunteers as they learn how to center inclusion in their agency culture and interactions with clients. In this presentation, participants will: 

  • Understand the definition of inclusivity 
  • Begin thinking about how to create an inclusive workplace 
  • Put inclusive techniques into practice that can be seen and felt immediately! 


Building a Business Case for Diversity: Does Diversity Really Pay?  

June 18, 2021 | 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. 

We are keenly aware that diversity is a change agent, but how do we make the business case for systemic change? This 60-minute interactive workshop will have nonprofit board members and executive leadership feeling equipped to show the value of diversity, equity, and inclusion through promising techniques that are sure to lead the change they seek. 

In this presentation participants will: 

  • Understand how diversity affects business performance 
  • Understand the value of diversity’s impact on innovation  
  • Learn to recognize the value of new markets and streams of revenue through diversity 
  • Build a toolkit that helps to understand and acknowledge how to create a more inclusive community for all 


Understanding and Navigating Cancel Culture  

June 30, 2021 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 

Cancel culture is an accountability tool that has affected all forms of media. Nonprofit marketing and communications leaders must understand how it is used, how to avoid it, and – most importantly – how to address it if and when their organization is affected. 

In this presentation participants will: 

  • Understand the historical implications of cancel culture 
  • Learn how to recognize accountability from canceling 
  • Work in small groups to hone their personal skillset in timed, scenario-based conversations 
  • Build a toolkit that helps give grace and accountability in order to build an inclusive community 
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