Ep012: Desiree Adaway On Leading Difficult Conversations On Race, Class + Gender

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In this episode, I speak with nonprofit consultant and facilitator, Desiree Adaway.

Desiree is a Principal of The Adaway Group. With over 20 years experience creating, leading and managing international, multicultural teams through major organizational changes in over 40 countries, she is uniquely qualified to partner with talented leaders to successfully navigate through integrations, reorganizations, and all stages of organizational evolution.

Desiree has held senior-level roles in several large, well-respected organizations in the nonprofit and grant management sectors. Her deep level of expertise in fundraising, grant management, and environmental, social justice, and faith-based initiatives, allows her to offer specific insights that help organizations achieve consistent, quality program results at the chapter, national, and international levels.

in this episode, Desiree & i explore:

  • How to bring social justice into our businesses to make change
  • Understanding the value of black women’s work and how this shows up in creating prices for your business
  • How our systems are both racist and patriarchal and how this particularly affects black women
  • Whiteness as a justification for slavery and the power play
  • Difference between diversity, inclusion, equity and justice
  • How to spot the difference between tokenism and true equity in discussions being held
  • Relationships needs to be transformation and not transactional
  • Affirming and centering yourself as a black woman and woman of color
  • Our sense of responsibility to the collective to get free
  • How whiteness is a system, a construct, that we (all of us) are responsible for dismantling
  • While social constructs are just that, they do have powerful implications and provide privilege
  • Social justice and spirituality go hand in hand, they are not separate
  • Putting the vision in place, not just focus on getting rid of the systems
  • Liberation, joy (especially black women joy) is an act of resistance
  • How we can decline privilege to uplift others voices

I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as we did. Click the play button below to listen in now. 

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About Desiree Adaway

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Desiree is a seasoned nonprofit consultant and facilitator. All of her presentations have a mix of thought provoking content presented with humor and wit. When she teaches she makes a point to connect with every person, and create a safe space for their growth. She is known by staff, senior leadership, peers, and partners as being great at open, honest, and productive conversations. She is not afraid of addressing anything that gets in the way of great work.

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Layla Saad