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Finding Humanity Behind Action: Racial Equity Interview with Carolyn Lowery

By: Jessica Hassanzadeh, Mission Partners Managing Director Like many in our community and around the world, Mission Partners and Leadership Montgomery made the decision to postpone our annual Spring Convening, The Business Case for Race…
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Charting A Path Forward During Uncertain Times

By: Carrie Fox, Mission Partners CEO This message was sent to our community in April 2020, during the peak of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States and following three weeks of strict stay-at-home orders in Maryland and many other U.S.…
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12 Ways to Effectively Engage an Advisory Board

By Susanne Pirone Time. Talent. Treasure. If you lead or manage a nonprofit board of advisors, you’re likely very used to those three words. At the broadest level, these words set shared expectations for what board members are expected…
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Getting More out of Giving Tuesday

By Bayonia Marshall and Amira Barre It’s mid-November and we can tell by our incoming emails that a big day (some would say the biggest day) in philanthropy is near.  With subject lines like “Save The Date for #GivingTuesday” and…
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The Words Matter

By Elena Hilton One of my favorite movies of the past few years is Arrival, which stars Amy Adams as a linguistics professor who’s recruited to figure out how to communicate with aliens that have landed on Earth. I’m not one for sci-fi…
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The Power of Equitable Design (And 3 Tips to Become a More Inclusive Communicator)

By Eleni Stamoulis “Design creates culture.” One of my professors from grad school said this to my class when teaching us about the ethics of graphic design. He then showed us national campaigns he designed that sexualized women or…
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Why Listening to All Sides Matters

By Carrie Fox Last weekend, I was listening to a radio program when I heard a fascinating interview. Truth is, I can’t remember the name of the individual being interviewed. I can’t even remember why he was chosen to be featured in the…
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Four Ways that Organizations Miss the Mark on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Efforts

At Mission Forward®, we create transformational trainings that model what is possible in the world. We believe that the future will be inclusive and just. 
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Listening and Taking Action on the Black Maternal Health Crisis in the U.S

By Bayonia Marshall and Elena Hilton Early last week, Mission Partners hosted its 2019 Mission Forward®  Spring Reception, Hear Her: A Call To Action on Maternal Mortality. Held at Kaiser Permanente’s Center for Total Health in Washington,…
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Bring on Your Unsolvable Problems

by Carrie Fox What happens when you put a mechanical engineer squarely in the center of a university’s department of obstetrics and gynecology? No, this is not the start of a joke. In fact, it’s at the center of one of the most fascinating…