Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector

Host Organization: Philanthropy New York


Studies show that the percentage of people of color in the executive director/CEO role has remained under 20% for the past 15 years, even as the country becomes more diverse. For women of color, the combination of race and gender biases create additional barriers to advancement. Despite advanced degrees, women of color are least likely to hold leadership positions and most likely to hold line staff positions.

In Building Movement Project’s (BMP’s) latest Race to Lead report, Race to Lead: Women of Color in the Nonprofit Sector, BMP applies an intersectional analysis to the Race to Lead data of over 4,000 staff in the nonprofit sector. The study reveals the systemic barriers women of color face as they ascend to leadership and the continued challenges once they get there.

Join us for a presentation highlighting the findings, followed by a panel of seasoned professionals reflecting on the BMP findings and their own experiences in the sector.


  • The obstacles and patterns of everyday discrimination that women of color encounter in the nonprofit workplace
  • How foundations can shift their strategies to support more organizations led by women of color
  • How the philanthropic sector can elevate the leadership, perspective and influence of women of color across the nonprofit sector at large


  • Ofronama Biu, Senior Research Associate, Building Movement Project (BMP)
  • Cathy Dang, Senior Advisor, Center for Empowered Politics; Former Executive Director, CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities
  • Roz Lee, Vice President, Strategy and Programs, Ms. Foundation
  • Dianne Morales, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Phipps Neighborhoods
  • Erica Hamilton (Moderator), Principal, Arbor Brothers

8:45 - 9:00 AM  Check-in
9:00 - 11:00 AM  Program

Registration is required by May 19.

Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)

Non-Member Funders: Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org. ($150 fee)

Please note: To ensure fairness among our members, we reserve the right to limit the number of attendees per organization for select professional development programs.

Please email register@philanthropynewyork.org with any questions.

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