Newsletter – July 23, 2020

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Resource roundup and upcoming trainings (plus, we’re hiring!)

Hi friends,

Like many of you, we’re honoring the lives of John Lewis and C.T. Vivian and their legacies of revolutionary change. The uprisings happening for Black lives—including the Strike for Black Lives this past Monday, and the groundswell of protestors resisting federal officials in Portland—are a continuation of the path they and others have laid, and we will press on.

For managers and leaders looking for resources for managing towards racial equity, here is a roundup of offerings:

  • TMC resources:
  • What we’ve been reading:
    • White nonprofit leaders are often praised when speaking out against racism, while Black counterparts regularly receive backlash. Read Carmita Semaan’s perspective on the backlash, along with five ways to take action.
    • Wondering how to thoughtfully engage Black and Brown colleagues in your organization’s antiracist work, without causing undue burden? Check out Promise54’s article on informed consent.
    • After surveying 5,000+ nonprofit staff on their experiences of race and leadership, Building Movement Project found that the gap between people of color and white people is widening in the nonprofit sector, and while DEI efforts are widespread, their effectiveness is unclear.=
    • This guide breaks inclusive leadership down into four habits: invite and display authenticity, build self-awareness and curiosity, seek out and respond well to feedback, and lift up other perspectives consistently.

For us at TMC, committing ourselves to antiracist work also means taking time to pause, reflect, and plan, so that we can act in line with our values for the long haul. That’s why we’ll be taking a break from sending newsletters for the rest of the summer while scheming up ways to bring you concrete, helpful, and timely resources that help you thrive as a manager and leader. But don’t worry—while we won’t be visiting your inboxes, you are welcome in ours. Feel free to reach out to us at See you in the fall!

We’re Hiring!

Do you ever read these emails and think to yourself, “I totally could have written that”? Do colleagues come to you for advice on management challenges? Do you often find yourself trying to distill complex ideas into simple, actionable frameworks? If so, read on!

TMC is hiring a Vice President of Content and Communications to join our small-but-mighty Content Team. We’re looking for someone who can help pull together rigorously thought-out and easily accessible ideas, develop tools and resources to teach those ideas, and strategize to share those resources with our clients and the broader social change world.

To apply, click here.

Training Announcements

Interested in our BIPOC cohorts? Apply now for our next Managing to Change the World, 201 Edition: 2-Day People of Color Cohort which will be held online August 4-5, 10:00am-4:00pm EDT. If you have already attended one of our 1- or 2-day trainings, sign up for the cohort to discuss issues around being a manager of color and organizational-level policy and practice more broadly. In this training, we’ll do brief refreshers on management best practices, and then go in-depth on the nuances of management, equity, and inclusion and what it takes for our organizations to get outstanding results.

Due to popular demand, we just added a new date for Remote Management through COVID-19. This online course will be held Monday, August 31, from 2:00 pm-4:00 pm EDT. Sign up here to learn how to adapt good management practices to this time of physical distancing, rapid change, and uncertainty. This interactive session covers remote management of assignments, individuals, and teams, all with a focus on clarity, connection, communication, and equity.

Also, our summer courses are filling quickly—but we still have spaces in a few of our non-managerial staff trainings. Check out our available Working for Change dates here!

Survey: Tell us what you need!

We want your input as we plan for the rest of 2020. Of the topics below, what are you most needing help with right now? What do you want us to create resources on?

  • Adopting/embedding antiracist practices
  • Reopening during the pandemic
  • Performance evaluations
  • Goal-setting
  • Relationship-building and repair

Send a quick message to, and let us know. Feel free to also suggest any topics not already listed above.

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