Leadership Diversity Demographics of Local Social Sector to be shared at 2017 Partnership for Excellence Conference

For Immediate Release

April 6, 2017

Media Contact: Riley Hubbell



Leadership Diversity Demographics of Local Social Sector to be shared at

2017 Partnership for Excellence Conference

Conference to Explore the Substantial Benefits of Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity

Santa Barbara, CA – On Thursday, April 13 The Foundation Roundtable will convene 500 individuals committed to Santa Barbara’s nonprofit and social sector at Fess Parker’s Hilton Resort with a focus on embracing a culture of diversity and equity within our relationships, workplaces, institutions, and community. The gathering will also reveal how, by inviting underrepresented voices and expertise into decision-making and leadership, we can boost personal awareness and local impacts.

The conference will open with an interactive experience led by a team of world-class performers, facilitators and leadership coaches from Orchestrating Excellence, a leading-edge provider of team-building and leadership development experiences and tools for organizations, and conferences of all sizes. Trusted by clients such as Pixar, University of Berkeley, Stanford Graduate University School of Business and more, Orchestrating Excellence designs custom training programs that leverage the power of music and participatory learning to build trust, collaboration, innovation, and a sense of community — helping organizations grow and thrive. Through the power of “making music together”, attendees will embrace and overcome boundaries in the pursuit of what’s possible when we open ourselves to the pulse and power of inclusive cooperation and discover key principles for navigating growth, change and dissonance to achieve shared excellence.

Also featured at this year’s conference will be the results from a diversity-focused survey of  Santa Barbara County nonprofit sector leadership compiled by Just Communities, a local organization offering cultural competency training to local agencies for organizational change initiatives.  Just Communities will co-facilitate a session titled  Beyond Names and Numbers: Building a Diverse, Inclusive and Effective Board” including a workshop aspect, panel of local board leaders and results of the diversity survey (as well as what the results may mean for Santa Barbara County

The following additional concurrent sessions will be offered as well:

  • Developing and Leveraging Diverse Interpersonal Relationships to Tackle Even the Most Complex and Difficult Issues – with a panel of UCSB students who traveled and learned together from vastly different backgrounds and perspectives and are impacting campus life
  • Hidden Prejudices: How Implicit Bias Affects Our Work and Relationships (Carmel Saad, Ph.D., Westmont College) – exploring how unconscious reactions influence our community work and teams.
  • Tools for Working and Living Better: Unlocking the Value of Personality and Working Style (Relly Nadler, Ph.D., True North Leadership) – using leadership assessment tools to improve our understanding of our strengths/preferred workstyle and that of others.

The closing session, Elevating Equity, will feature a panel of foundation and nonprofit leaders sharing perspectives on the next step in this continuum: equity. Numerous organizations from across sectors have begun adopting an equity approach to their work. Attendees will learn why organizations are making explicit commitments to equity.

Founded and generously sponsored by the The Foundation Roundtable, the Partnership for Excellence Conference is a vital forum for funders, nonprofit leaders, and community volunteers from the philanthropic sector to learn, share and network together — building connections and exploring ideas, strategies, and skills that can enhance our organizations, our work, and our communities.

For this conference to be linguistically inclusive, registration, materials and free onsite interpretation between Spanish and English will be available  this year.

You can find more information on the program at nprnsb.org/pfe-2017. The conference is 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday at The Fess Parker. Pre-registration is required. Media passes available.

Conference outreach is made possible with the support of our media partners: Nonprofit Resource Network, Noozhawk, The Independent, Pacific Coast Business Times, Santa Barbara Foundation, Leading From Within, Fund for Santa Barbara, McCune Foundation, Cal Lutheran’s Center for Nonprofit Leadership, Future Leaders of America, Just Communities, and Ventura County Community Foundation.


You can find photos of the 2016 Partnership for Excellence conference at bit.ly/PFEphotos16.

If you’d like more information about this conference, or to schedule an interview with a conference organizer or speaker, please contact Riley Hubbell at (805)440-8631 or riley@loacom.com.

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