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Putting Shared Leadership Into Practice

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
1:00 pm2:30 pm

Presenter: Candid Learning
Cost: Free


An increase in conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have resulted in great efforts by organizations to implement DEI values into their core operations. As one part of this effort, a growing number of nonprofits are exploring alternative leadership structures. Shared leadership models are driven by values of equity, power-sharing, and anti-oppression.

As societies work to shape new worlds that are anti-racist and anti-oppressive, shared leadership models offer ways in which leaders can cooperatively enact change. Join the Co-CEOs of Fractured Atlas, Tim Cynova and Lauren Ruffin, for a webinar delving into the wins, lessons learned, and the future of shared leadership models in the nonprofit sector.

Learning Objectivet:
-Understand the principles of shared leadership models, how they are tied to DEI efforts, and how they can impact staff
-Describe how decision-making occurs in a shared leadership model
-Apply tips from a shared leadership model to your own management
-Identify and assess pain points around operationalizing anti-racism and anti-oppression in your organization

About the Presenters:
Tim Cynova (he/him), Co-CEO, Fractured Atlas
Cynova wears a multitude of hats, all in service of creating anti-racist workplaces where people can thrive. He currently is Co-CEO of the U.S.-based nonprofit Fractured Atlas, a 20-year-old organization that in 2013 committed to becoming anti-racist in its work and operations. Relatedly, he is a Principal of the consulting group Work. Shouldn't. Suck. that assists organizations of all sizes and sectors with the “how” of creating anti-racist workplaces. Cynova serves on the faculty of Canada’s Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and New York's The New School teaching courses in People-Centric Organizational Design; he's a trained mediator and a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR). He also co-hosts a popular podcast under the Work. Shouldn’t. Suck. moniker. Earlier in his career, he was the Executive Director of the Parsons Dance Company and of High 5 Tickets to the Arts in New York City, had a memorable stint with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, was a one-time classical trombonist, musicologist, and for five years in his youth, he delivered newspapers for the Evansville, Indiana Courier-Press. Also, during a particularly slow summer, he bicycled 3,902 miles across the United States.

Lauren Ruffin (she/her), Co-CEO, Fractured Atlas
Ruffin is a thinker, designer, and leader interested in building strong, sustainable, and anti-racist systems and organizations. She frequently explores how we can leverage new technologies to combat racial and economic injustice. Lauren is the Co-Founder of Crux, an international network and for-profit cooperative of Black artists creating stories in extended reality (XR) that hosts an online community and will launch virtual reality (VR) distribution platform in 2020. Since 2016, she has served as Co-CEO and Chief External Relations Officer for Fractured Atlas, the nation's largest association of artists and creators. She is also the Founder of Artist Campaign School, an educational program that has trained more than 70 artists to run for political office. Ruffen graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a degree in Political Science and obtained a J.D. from Howard University. She has served on the governing board of Black Girls Code and is on the advisory boards of ArtUp and Black Girl Ventures.