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Building Inclusive Boards: Strategies for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

In an era marked by dynamic change, conservation and environmental nonprofits are increasingly acknowledging the pivotal influence of their boards of directors in championing diverse viewpoints, promoting equitable procedures, and nurturing inclusive atmospheres. In this webinar, we’ll explore the essential nexus between nonprofit governance and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Attendees will gain invaluable insights and actionable tactics for bolstering diversity, equity, and inclusion within nonprofit boards of directors. Don’t miss this opportunity to empower your organization’s governance for a more vibrant and inclusive future.

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Contact: Ellie Stanley, TREC

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