Education Session: Leading with Impact - Women's Voices in Nonprofit Leadership

When:  Mar 13, 2024 from 12:00 PM to 01:30 PM (CT)
Associated with  AFP MN, Minnesota Chapter

Session Details
Celebrate Women’s History Month with us as we host a dynamic panel discussion on leadership opportunities and challenges for women within the nonprofit industry. Featuring an incredible group of women in senior leadership positions, this panel will provide invaluable insight on navigating the complexities of nonprofit leadership. 

Our panelists will share their experiences that have shaped their path to leadership - the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Whether you are an emerging leader or seasoned professional, this panel will inspire and empower attendees. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of women in leadership and explore pathways to continued advancement in the nonprofit sector.


Nonoko Sato is the executive director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits (MCN), the largest state association for nonprofits in the United States. She oversees MCN’s strategic response to organizational and sector challenges through public policy and advocacy, responsive and educational programming, and sector-wide research. Nonoko serves or has served in a variety of advisory, board, and trustee roles, including Governor Walz’s Council on Economic Expansion, Equity Diversity Impact Assessment Committee of the Minneapolis Public Schools, Coalition of Asian American Leaders, Theater Mu, Carleton College, among others. 

In all her roles, Nonoko is a relentless advocate for racial equity and justice, dedicated to enhancing and improving cultural humility, intentionally creating inclusive and accessible spaces, and working to end disparities in power, money, access, and resources. Originally from Tokyo and Chicago, Nonoko graduated from Carleton College as a first-generation college student. She currently lives in Minneapolis with her family.

Tawanna Black is an award-winning architect of racially inclusive and equitable talent, supply chain, philanthropy and marketing strategies that yield transformational results for businesses, their consumers, and the communities they work in. For more than 20 years, she has earned the trust of executives by mobilizing teams to create and execute strategies that benefit diverse workers, consumers, and business owners and drive growth and fiscal health.

Irma Marquez Trapero is the Executive Director of LatinoLEAD, a nonprofit organization of Latinx leaders across all sectors who join together to create innovative strategies to drive and define policies and perceptions that advance Latinx collective influence, success, and power.

Heather Ring has devoted her career to working as a non profit professional focusing on higher education, legal services, community building, international, and environmental non profits. Following completion of her degree in International Relations at the University of Minnesota, Heather pursued her passion for international sustainable development work and travel, by joining Global Service Corp on a sustainable agriculture project in Arusha, Tanzania. The experience was very fulfilling, and within a month of returning from Tanzania, Heather was off traveling again, this time to Leuven, Belgium to begin a master's degree in Conflict and Sustainable Peace at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Catholic University Leuven). Upon returning the U.S., Heather continued her education at the University of Minnesota law school, graduating in 2007 and moving to Chicago, IL, where her non profit work continued in her work for Heartland International - a small non profit focused on promoting the development of civil society around the world by providing educational programming funded by the U.S government.

Registration Details
This month’s Education Session is being planned as a hybrid event at the Greater Twin Cities United Way. To be accessible to each member of our fundraising community, we’re offering you the option to pay-what-you-can. Your payment helps us honor our speakers' time and expertise with a stipend and cover the costs of technology and technical support for promotion, registration, and the session. The average cost per person is about $30. If you would like to assist with covering the cost of the session for another individual, you can enter your payment under the donation section.


Greater Twin Cities United Way
404 S 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55404
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