OVERVIEW

 
 

How do I get involved?

 

Plywood’s mantra is better is possible. One of the ways we are striving to be better as an organization is to more intentionally pursue and serve leaders of color. Spearheaded by Plywood team member, Bethaney Wilkinson, this initiative aims to create environments where founders of color are known, supported, platformed and resourced as they lead their projects and businesses.

There are a few ways to engage the Plywood Leaders of Color Initiative.

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Attend FORWARD - Quarterly Gathering for Leaders of Color.
FORWARD is an evening time gathering specifically for leaders of color, led by leaders of color. It’s an affinity space within the Plywood community to provide learning opportunities that are highly adapted to the struggles facing entrepreneurs from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. You can claim your seat by clicking here.

Join the Mailing List.
If you want to closely follow this initiative and be the first to know about new programs, events and offerings, click here to join the Leaders of Color Mailing List.

Nominate an Event Speaker or Presenter.
Plywood hosts many events throughout the year and we are always looking to amplify new voices. Fill out the form below to recommend a person to share their story or expertise with the Plywood community.

Donate to the Plywood Scholarship Fund.
If you are interested in reducing the financial barriers leaders of color face in accessing the Plywood Process, donate to the Plywood Scholarship Fund.

Want to Learn more or nominate a speaker? Fill out This Form:

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FORWARD / March 7th, 2018

FORWARD is a Quarterly Gathering for Plywood Leaders of Color.

Who is this for? Leaders of color who are launching or working in a social good startup, project or business venture.

What is it? A casual, evening time gathering where we learn from entrepreneurs and founders of color. It is also an opportunity to share about your work and to make new connections with potential collaborators

When is the next one? Our first FORWARD gathering of 2019 one is on March 7th featuring Dr. Leslie Nwoke! Click here to register and learn more.

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UPCOMING SPEAKER - Dr. Leslie Nwoke

Dr. Leslie Nwoke is a physician, executive coach, and speaker. She is the creator of HeartWork Now, a leadership coaching firm providing impactful emotions-focused coaching and training for leaders. Her focus areas are emotional intelligence, productivity improvement, communication strategies and design thinking. She has a diverse background in global health, nonprofit leadership, and medicine.

Dr. Nwoke believes great leaders are empathic and should truly see the value in their teams. She believes heartwork help them get there. Other than her love for helping others with difficult emotions, she's in love with her husband of 8 years, 3 children, and a good cup of coffee ice cream. 

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FORWARD - Past Presenters

Octavia Gilmore Founder + CEO of Creative Juice

Octavia Gilmore
Founder + CEO of Creative Juice

Terence Lester Founder and Director of Love Beyond Walls

Terence Lester
Founder and Director of Love Beyond Walls

Khalilah Cooper Director, Service + Hospitality at Chick-fil-A

Khalilah Cooper
Director, Service + Hospitality at Chick-fil-A

Bethaney Wilkinson Plywood Person + Diversity Initiative Lead

Bethaney Wilkinson
Plywood Person + Diversity Initiative Lead

Rennie Curran Author + Executive Coach

Rennie Curran
Author + Executive Coach

Brandi + Jermail Shelton Founders of Just Add Honey Tea Company

Brandi + Jermail Shelton
Founders of Just Add Honey Tea Company