2022 HR Retreat - Schedule


This schedule is subject to change. All times listed are in Eastern time.

Thursday, September 8

11-11:10 a.m.



  • Kathleen Enright, Council on Foundations
  • Biz Ghormley, CHANGE Philanthropy

11:10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Opening Plenary: How Do You Take Care of Your People?

Years of crisis, global disruption, and new opportunities have brought renewed attention to how organizations can better support our team members, and the call to help our colleagues work more effectively, sustainably, and humanely has placed new urgency on ensuring organizational cultures align with organizational values.

In this opening session, "people and culture" and HR professionals from a range of grantmakers will engage participants in frank discussions of practices and policies adopted during these times of change and crisis. How are we taking care of our people during the pandemic? What experiments do we want to make permanent, and how does all this “internal” work relate to our foundations’ missions? While HR staff and those with organizational culture responsibilities hold much of this work, we all have something to contribute.


  • Marvin Webb, Funders for LGBTQ Issues
  • Storme Gray, Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy
  • Katie Carter, Pride Foundation
  • Saul Macias, Marin Community Foundation
  • Kanitra Lopez, Women's Foundation of California

12-12:30 p.m.

Post-Plenary Small Group Discussions

12:30-1 p.m.


1-2 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

How to Keep Up with A Changing Workforce

The workforce is shifting quickly. And while philanthropy has yet to feel the impact of the "great resignation" to the same extent as other sectors, there is still a need to explore new processes amid the changes brought about by COVID-19. Many organizations are implementing a hybrid work model, but how can we make that work equitably? From implementing new technologies and rethinking office space structures to designing entirely new policies, the current climate presents an opportunity – even a necessity – for philanthropy HR leaders to consider.

In this session, attendees will:

  • Interrogate compliance as a primary approach
  • Explore the evolution of worker expectations
  • Begin disrupting the gendered nature of HR's emotional labor and responsibilities


  • Trina Olson, Team Dynamics
  • Alfonso Wenker, Team Dynamics
  • Rhonda Cox, Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation

Disability in the Workplace: Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This year marks the 32nd anniversary of the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act — landmark civil rights legislation that includes protections to ensure people with disabilities have equal employment opportunities. Despite these protections, however, employment inequities abound for the disability community – data show that, in 2021, only 19.1% of people with disabilities were employed compared to 63.7% of people without.

This session is intended to engage attendees in real conversations about disability inclusion and equity in the workplace, discussing DEI staff and/or employee resource groups; instituting disability education in DEI training; recruiting, retaining, and promoting people with disabilities; how funders can create collaborative spaces and partnerships with disability communities, and more.

In this session, attendees will explore:

  • How to include clear accessibility language in job postings
  • What actions are needed to provide reasonable accommodations when requested


  • Gail Fuller, Disability & Philanthropy Forum
  • Stephanie Andrews, Bush Foundation
  • Gao Lee, Bush Foundation
  • Kevin Irvine, Rush University Medical Center
  • Joel Hernandez, Jobs for the Future

2-3:15 p.m.

Peer-to-Peer Conversations

How to Better Retain People of Color During the Great Resignation

Peer Host:

  • Janet Gumbs, ABFE

The Intergenerational Workplace

Peer Host:

  • Simonne Searles, Skillman Foundation

Caring for Ourselves

Peer Host:

  • Biz Ghormley, CHANGE Philanthropy


3:15-3:30 p.m.

Wrap Up for the Day

Friday, September 9

11-11:15 a.m.

Welcome Back & Regrounding

11:15 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Peer-to-Peer Conversations

HR's Role in a Strategic Planning Process

Peer Host:

  • Saul Macias, Marin Community Foundation

How to Create Compelling Arguments that Support Remote Work

Peer Host:

  • Rob Hill, Denver Foundation

12:30-1 p.m.


1-2 p.m.

Concurrent Sessions

Across the Lifecycle: Compensation Conversations in an Interdependent Workplace

Pay equity is a hot topic, but what exactly is equity in an inequitable world? What might a values-aligned, more equitable nonprofit pay structure look like? In this workshop, attendees will hear findings from recent compensation experiments, learn actionable steps to stop contributing to the increasing racial wealth gap, and explore how we can center equity at all stages of the employee lifecycle.


  • Mala Nagarajan, Vega Mala Consulting
  • Chana Anderson, Council on Foundations
  • Richael Faithful

Leadership and Self-Care: Creating a Culture of Wellness

Amidst a surge of national and international crises, mental health is emerging as a deep concern in organizations across the country. It's imperative that organizations create a culture of wellness and implement transitional strategies to assist people as they continue working or return to work post-quarantine, exploring emerging practices like flexible hours, job redesigns, and confidential communication with management.

In this session, attendees will explore:

  • Mental health and its link to DEI
  • Self-awareness of your OWN mental health
  • Sustainable strategies for mental health in the workplace
  • Post-traumatic growth and resilience


  • Jillian Whatley, Clarke County School District
  • Vivian Oden, Hampton Roads Community Foundation

2-2:30 p.m.

Commitments & Closing

The HR Retreat is made possible thanks to our co-host

A special thanks to our sponsors

Colorado Health Foundation

Graystone Consulting

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation


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