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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: From the Top Down

  • Thursday, July 15, 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
  • ZOOM


  • CLA is sensitive to the current situation faced by the non-profit and arts sector within COVID-19. We are currently offering our workshops at a sliding scale or "pay what you can" price. While CLA is a nonprofit we are also in need of your continued support but want to ensure accessibility of our content and workshops to all no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact for waiver code.

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Nonprofits and arts organizations are leading the way on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) initiatives, programs that change the internal work culture and build external community relationships with the goal of amplifying historically underrepresented voices.

Committing to new DEI strategies is a holistic process; it might require your organization to create new departments, hire new team members, launch new programming, and reassess your marketing and communication. But none of these efforts will be successful unless the highest levels of leadership are supporting the plans: the board, the owners, the CEOs, and more.

This workshop helps your organization think about DEI from the top down, moving past hiring practices and into larger, ideological change. Dr. Dené Starks will share her expertise as a DEI educator and trainer, and Eugene Clark-Herrera will discuss leading DEI programs at his law firm, Orrick LLC.

About Online Workshops:

Registrants will be emailed a link to register for the Zoom seminar online after booking through the CLA website. Please make sure to register both via this page and on the Zoom registration page.

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About the Speakers:

Eugene Clark-Herrera, Partner, Orrick LLC

Eugene Clark-Herrera, a partner in Orrick's San Francisco office, focuses his practice on financing for school and college facilities, as well as city and county facilities and infrastructure. His practice includes serving as bond and disclosure counsel on revenue and tax-supported bond financing involving counties, cities, school and college districts, charter schools, airports, & student and multi-family housing projects.  Eugene has experience with a variety of financing structures and characteristics, including pension obligation bonds, synthetic fixed rate bonds, and various reinvestment vehicles.  He has pioneered capital markets access for California public charter schools and advised governmental issuers, foundations, advocacy groups and policy makers in the development and expansion of public charter school access to tax-advantaged financing.

Dr. Dené Starks, Founder & CEO, Diversif-I Education Group

Dr. Dené J. Starks is a prolific educator, mentor, leader, author, and speaker. In 2003 Dené graduated from Sacramento State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Organizational Communication and began her career as an insurance professional in 2004. Since that time, Dené has been afforded many opportunities to develop not only herself, but to develop others as well in the form of training and education. In 2010, Dené founded her first company, DJS Marketing & Business Solutions, a premier business consulting firm. In October 2012, Dené graduated with her Masters of Arts degree in Business Administration. In January 2013, Dené was hired as an Associate Professor at Word of Life Theological Seminary and not long after, Dené was promoted to Dean of Education at the Word of Life Theological Seminary. In 2018, Dené obtained a Doctor of Theology degree from Kingdom University International and in 2019 became a Certified Life/Recovery Coach. In 2020, Dené successfully received her Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist designation from the International Trauma Institute.

These workshops are made possible, in part, from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles Department of Arts and Culture; The City of Los Angeles, Department of Cultural Affairs; and the California Community Foundation.  Additional support provided by the California Arts Council.  



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