The New Philanthropists Panel Discussion: Creating a Leadership Pipeline for a More Diverse and Inclusive Austin

Discussion Recap by Giving City Austin (see also: 8 Ways to increase nonprofit board diversity)

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On July 28, the RGK Center hosted a thoughtful community discussion on leadership, diversity and how to create a more inclusive nonprofit sector.

6:00 - 6:30 p.m. | Opening Reception
6:30 - 8:00 p.m. | Community Discussion & Questions
8:00 - 8:30 p.m. | Coffee & Conversation

This discussion was the inaugural event of The New Philanthropists Speaker Series, a collaboration among the RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service, GivingCity Austin and Mando Rayo + Collective. Its goal is to spark a meaningful discussion and address the Latino, African-American, and Asian leadership gap in the nonprofit sector.

Moderator: Vanessa Sarria, City of Austin Mayor’s Office

Discussion Panelists:
Christopher Kennedy, Leadership Austin
Erica Saenz, University of Texas at Austin Division of Diversity and Community Engagement
Ken Gladish, Seton Foundations
Llyas Saluhud-Din, VChain Solutions
Sonia Kotecha, CASA of Travis County
Geronimo Rodriguez, Seton Healthcare Family

More About The New Philanthropists
The vision of New Philanthropists (TNP) is to create a more diverse and inclusive nonprofit sector that is reflective of the Austin community. This event is part of a larger initiative to increase diversity, with a special emphasis on racial diversity, of nonprofit governance and leadership across the Central Texas nonprofit sector. With our partners, we advocate for nonprofit transparency, accountability and tangible commitments toward this vision. TNP is a project of Mando Rayo + Collective and GivingCity Austin. The RGK Center for Philanthropy and Community Service is pleased to convene the inaugural event.