Community Memorial Foundation continues its journey toward advancing racial equity with intentionality and purpose. In 2024, the Foundation will sponsor educational workshops, Race/Equity Coaching, and Race Equity Learning Circles. All offerings will be facilitated by Soar Strategies.
Thursday, June 20, 2024 | 5:00 PM – 7:30 PM (in-person at the Marriott Burr Ridge—for Board members of CMF grantee partners)
Wednesday, October 9, 2024 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (via Zoom)
conflict resolution frameworks to have challenging conversations; and review our own identities in order to understand the lenses by which we view colleague interactions.
Thursday, September 12, 2024 | 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM (via Zoom)
The Soar Strategies team will provide Race Equity Coaching to a select group of eight grantee organizations. Each organization will have the opportunity to work closely with a Soar Strategies team member as they move their race/equity work forward.
Timeline: Applications will be available in mid-February and are due March 15, 2024. A kickoff session for selected organizations will be held on April 17th, with coaching continuing throughout 2024.
Prerequisite(s): Must be a CMF grantee organization that has participated in any of the trainings/peer learning circles in 2021-2024.
Race Equity Peer Learning Circles
The following Tuesdays from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: March 12, June 11, September 17, November 12 (via Zoom)
Race Equity Consulting
The Soar Strategies team will provide Race Equity Consulting to a select group of six grantee organizations. Each organization will have the opportunity to work closely with a Soar Strategies team member as they develop and implement racial equity assessments, action plans, and more inclusive environments for their staff and partners.
Timeline: Applications will be available September 16, 2024, and are due on October 15th. Organizations will be selected by October 31st, with consulting projects beginning in early 2025.
Prerequisite(s): Must be a CMF grantee organization that has participated in any of the trainings/peer learning circles or coaching opportunities in 2021-2024.
In response to feedback from its grantee partners, CMF will sponsor two workshops on Board Development in 2024, specifically for board members of grantee organizations. These workshops will be facilitated by Susan Meier, formerly of BoardSource. All sessions will be held in-person at the Marriott Burr Ridge. Due to space constraints, two people per organization may attend each workshop; at least one of these must be a board member.
• governance v. management
• Board roles & responsibilities
• Strategic board building, among others
• an overview of fiduciary, strategic, and generative work
• how to bring all 3 types of work into the boardroom
• opportunities to explore generative opportunities for your organization
Leadership Development continues to be critical in these times of change.
In 2024,the Foundation will sponsor two cohorts of a coaching program aimed at emerging leaders within grantee partner organizations. Click here to learn more.
In addition, CMF will sponsor a workshop on Change Leadership. All programs will be facilitated by the Center for Creative Leadership and will be conducted via Zoom.
Change Capable Leadership focuses on how to successfully lead change by applying three essential skills: Communication, Collaboration, and Commitment. Participants will learn about the human response to change and different preferences for change.