Thursday May 16, 2024

Navigating Leadership: Equity, Data, and the Power of Relationships

Co.CEOs Jessica Xiomara García and Emily Drake of Learning for Action - an organization helping create and support equitable learning cultures in the social sector - join Jeff and Pablo to discuss the nuances of harmonizing equity-grounded and data-informed approaches into organizational practices.  

Listen in as they explore: 

  • Co.CEO origins stories => Giving us insight into how Emily and Jessica's personal backgrounds and experiences helped shape their leadership and operational philosophies at Learning for Action. 
  • Equity-Grounded Leadership => Integrating attention to power, privilege, and identity to better serve our diverse communities. 
  • Data-Informed Decision-Making => Staying conscious of an over-reliance on quantitative methods, and valuing participatory and qualitative data. 
  • Relational Integrity => Working from the inside-out to develop alignment through equitable practices that foster healthy tension and debate and inform purposeful direction. 
  • The Direction of Social Sector Consulting => Sharing thoughts on how consulting practices can evolve to better support learning, effectiveness, and equity in the social sector. 

About Jessica and Emily

Jessica Xiomara García is a dedicated advocate for racial equity and social justice with over fifteen years of experience at LFA. She excels in directing research projects, facilitating engagements, and providing diversity, equity, and inclusion consulting. Jessica brings a deep expertise in youth development, women’s empowerment, and environmental education. 

Emily Boer Drake brings twenty years of nonprofit and philanthropic sector experience, specializing in learning systems, capacity building, and evaluation frameworks. Emily's expertise lies in understanding organizational dynamics, implementing learning questions, and customizing learning systems to match organizational culture and resources. 

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