“Walk the Talk” Diversity and Inclusion – A Nonprofit Learning Center Workshop

Training Seminar

Date and Time:September 10th - 9:00am-11:30am


United Way of Central Indiana
Ruth Lilly Board Room B (2nd floor)
2955 North Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46208


The United States demography is rapidly changing. By the year of 2050, persons of color will constitute a numeric majority. Islam is the fastest growing religion; millennials represent the largest demographic group in the population; and black women are the most educated compared to any of their racial/ethnic peers in the country.

Yet, the nonprofit sector remains predominately white, particularly among those who occupy positions at the chief executive and board levels. Many organizations, despite having written statements or corporate values on diversity and inclusion, struggle to develop concrete goals or metrics to evaluate the effectiveness of their recruitment, hiring, retention, and service delivery efforts.

This workshop will focus on what tools organizations can use to assess their internal culture (policies, practices, and norms) and how to implement strategies that are more culturally responsive to the breadth of diversity (race, age, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, religion, and physical/mental ability) that exists in the communities they serve. The presentation and interactive discussion are aimed at attendees discovering what it really takes to walk the talk of diversity and inclusion within their respective institutions.

About the Presenter:

Michael R. Twyman, Ph.D. is the Managing Principal of InExcelsis, a private, full-services consulting firm specializing in diversity, equity and inclusion. The firm also assists nonprofit clients with strategic planning, program management, board development, marketing/branding, and fundraising. Twyman has 30 years of professional experience which includes senior leadership roles in the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. He is the former executive director of the UALR Institute on Race & Ethnicity and Indiana grants director for the Pulliam Charitable Trust. Dr. Twyman teaches courses on racial equity and social justice at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and is a often-sought speaker, trainer, and media contributor on topics related to education, health, criminal justice, and workforce development.