Remaking the Economy: Redefining Leadership

Thursday, November 10th, at 2:00 pm ET* 

NPQ’s latest webinar in our Remaking the Economy series takes a deep dive into what are the kinds of leadership that the field needs to advance not only economic justice, but liberation.

Increasingly, people of color are becoming leaders of national community development organizations. When they do so, they face not only the challenge of taking the helm in historically white-led organizations, but the challenge of leading in times when more is demanded of leaders. What strategies are being used to address these challenges? And how are notions of what it means to be a leader being redefined?

For this conversation, our panelists are:

  • Tony Pickett is CEO of the Grounded Solutions Network, a Black-led national nonprofit based in Washington, DC, which supports inclusive housing policies, community land trusts and multiple other housing models with lasting affordability.

  • Dr. Akilah Watkins is former president and CEO of the Center for Community Progress, which works to works to transform vacant properties into neighborhood assets. She will also soon be president and CEO of Independent Sector, a national nonprofit association.

  • Seema Agnani is the executive director of National CAPACD, a progressive coalition of nearly 100 community-based organizations that serve Asian American and Pacific Islander communities, spanning across 21 states and the Pacific Islands.

This webinar will explore:

  • What do inclusive models of leadership for racial and economic justice look like?
  • Why is radical empathy” critical to effective leadership?
  • What leadership strategies are effective in shifting mindsets from a “deficit approach” to one that builds on community strengths and assets?
  • How can community development leaders tap into and enhance community resources of self-production, mutual aid, and solidarity?
  • How can community development organizations change their labor and procurement practices to advance economic and racial justice work?
  • How can leaders effectively promote cooperative, values-driven models of social transformation?
  • What work needs to be done to open career pathways and develop the next generation of leadership?
  • What role can philanthropy play in supporting leaders of color in the movement for economic and racial justice?
  • How can new stories and narratives about leadership advance economic justice?

Whether you’re a nonprofit leader, board member, or engaged in community-based organizing, this webinar will provide you with real-life examples and lessons learned that can inform your work in your own community.

Register to learn how nonprofits and movement activists are advancing strategies to address the economic and social inequalities of our time!

The moderator for this webinar is NPQ Economic Justice Program Director Steve Dubb. Steve has worked with cooperatives and nonprofits for over two decades and has been both a student and practitioner in the field of community economic development.

You can send your questions to to have them answered during the web event.

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*The recording and slides of this webinar will be available on the NPQ website 2-3 days after the live event.