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Members-Only Webinar: Communicating an Organization-Wide Commitment to Disability Inclusion

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Foundations and philanthropy-serving organizations are increasingly heeding the urgent calls to action from disability rights and justice activists to ensure that both their internal operations and their grantmaking are disability-inclusive. There is a growing recognition across the philanthropic sector that in order to truly advance diversity, equity, and inclusion, we must approach our work through a disability lens.

This members-only learning session on advancing a commitment to disability inclusion is applicable to staff at every level of an organization. Attendees learned how one foundation evaluated their Disability Inclusion Initiative and to hear from a philanthropy-serving organization that is currently engaging in a disability inclusion journey. We’ll cover topics including:

About the Panelists

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Moderator: Ana Oliveira, President & CEO, New York Women’s Foundation

Ana L. Oliveira serves as President & CEO of the New York Women’s Foundation since her appointment in 2006. Under her leadership, the foundation has grown in several dimensions, establishing a new strategic plan, sponsoring landmark research reports, increasing visibility and public awareness of the foundation’s presence in NYC; and dramatically increasing the impact of the foundation, with a rise in grants since her arrival.

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Panelist: Phuong Pham, Vice President of Knowledge & Communications, SoCal Grantmakers

Phuong Pham (she/her) is a creative professional working at the intersection of digital media and philanthropy. Phuong leads the SoCal Grantmakers’ knowledge and communications team, which utilizes cultural strategy, design, data, and technology to ignite imagination and uplift the work of racial justice and movement leaders.

Phuong has a bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies from Hollins University and a master’s degree in Political Science from Université Libre de Bruxelles. Phuong is an avid home chef and dreams of creating a community space that inspires others to eat well. She believes in the healing power of food and enjoys bringing people together around her dinner table.

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Panelist: Catherine Hyde Townsend, Senior Advisor for Disability Inclusion, Ford Foundation

Catherine Hyde Townsend currently serves as the Senior Advisor for Disability Inclusion at the Ford Foundation where she leads inclusive policy, practice and learning in its programs and operations. Catherine combines her personal disability experience with a wealth of professional expertise to build disability cultural competence and connect disability to social justice and human rights funding. She has an intimate understanding of disability-inclusive development, human rights advocacy, and funding mechanisms to support disability-led organizations. She currently serves as the Board President of Women Enabled International.