DEI, Native people, and intentional engagement

Raymond Foxworth, vice president, grantmaking, development and communications at First Nations Development Institute, says conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) often do not include Native Americans. He’s focused on changing that, and will advance the discussion about inclusion of Native people and communities during the Upswell workshop, “DEI (Don’t Exclude Indians).” “At First Nations,…

Back of the Yards: transforming Chicago’s Southwest Side

We hope you’ve had a chance to check out this year’s lineup for Chicago Inside & Out – a dozen thoughtfully designed experiences, all guided by dynamic community leaders across Chicago. These immersive tours are a cornerstone of the Upswell experience, which is all about going deep locally to uncover enriching and surprising insights that…

Creating the rhythm of change

A few years after the turn the millennium, Chicago native Herbie Hancock donated some of his instruments to the Smithsonian. When asked what motivated the donation, the iconic jazz musician – the rarest of peers to the practically peerless Miles Davis – didn’t mention his place among the hallowed ranks of American musical legends. Instead,…

Presenter Q&A with Lois Greco: being grateful and extending grace

Lois Greco, senior vice president and evaluation officer at the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation, is co-presenting the Upswell workshop, “Learning to Let Your Community Lead.” She believes it’s important to allow people to be comfortable being authentic. She also shares her thoughts on the sector’s approach to solving problems, and how to make it more…

Presenter Q&A with Moya Shpuntoff: actionable, tangible social justice change

Moya Shpuntoff, projects coordinator at the World Institute on Disability, hopes to shine a bright light on how intersectionality and disability rights tie in with diversity, inclusion, and changework during her Upswell workshop, “An Intersectional Approach to Disability Inclusion.” Of all the things she’s proud of, she’s most proud of how she cares for herself.…

Inclusion, people with disabilities, and full representation

Moya Shpuntoff was already set to attend Upswell Chicago – even before submitting a workshop proposal. She is projects coordinator at the World Institute on Disability, which has supported Upswell and its predecessor – Independent Sector’s annual conference – for several years now (learn more about Moya). Her supervisor suggested that Upswell Chicago would also…