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Young & Professional: Navigating _______ in the Workplace


Join YNPN-TC on Tuesday, September 24th from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm for an honest discussion about issues affecting young nonprofit professionals in the Twin Cities. 

Our panel of experienced professionals will answer our most pressing questions and lead discussions about navigating difficult topics including: racism, homophobia & transphobia, classism, power dynamics, career advancement, mental health and more. 


Abeer Syedah 

Abeer Syedah (she/her) is currently the Director of Equity & Inclusion at Students United, a nonprofit serving the needs of the diverse body of 70,000 students at the seven Minnesota State Universities. Abeer’s background is in higher education equity advocacy and organizing. Before organizing and directing equity initiatives for advocacy groups, she attended the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where she spent four years in student government and served as Student Body President. You can find her on Twitter at @AbeerSyedah.


Donte Curtis 

Donte Curtis is the owner of Catch Your Dream Consulting where he mentors, inspires, and trains individuals and teams, nationwide, on leadership development,racial equity, entrepreneurship, making effective change and supports them to excel in their dreams and create positive change. With over 10 years of facilitation and speaking experience, Donte is adapt to fostering the collective wisdom in the room and creates space to make sure everyone voice is heard. Probably one of the most energetic people you will ever meet, Donte lives a life that is dedicated to leadership, social justice and liberation.

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Kassira Absar

Kassira Absar has a passion for antiracism and equity work. She has a background in international development, human rights, and is currently a consultant doing research and evaluation. She co-chaired the People of Color Employee Resource Group at her last employer and currently sits on the DE&I committee at her current workplace. She is always working towards creating a more equitable and inclusive workplace and world that does not require compromising the complexity of our identities, honoring intersectionality. 

K. Cross 
Cross is an experienced nonprofit professional, consultant, and educator with a passion for project management and creating equitable, accessible systems to support mission-driven work. Cross came to the nonprofit world from the education sector where they honed their abilities to facilitate rigorous conversations, engage diverse audiences, and make groan-worthy puns. Beyond the office, Cross is a fervent cook, coffee fanatic, and museum- goer. They serve on the steering committee for the YNPN and Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy Leadership Institute (EYLI) where they enjoy learning from and mentoring emerging leaders across the sector.  Their “top five strengths” are command, strategic, achiever, adaptability, and belief. 

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K. Cross writes grants, case statements, and social communications for nonprofits working in the college access, STEAM, and domestic violence spaces. From 2016-2018, they edited and authored front and back matter for the student-written books Up, Up, and Away; Adventures Within Another; and The Bold, Untold North. The 2018 publication includes an appendix of their original STEAM curriculum. They are an ongoing contributor to the certified Professional Educator Licensure Standards Board (PELSB) cultural competency training curricula.
Shamayne Braman

Recently named by the Minneapolis St. Paul Business Journal as one of the Twin Cities’ 40 Under 40 Honorees, Shamayne Braman is passionate about creating inclusive cultures and communities. As the Director of Diversity and Inclusion at HealthPartners, an integrated, non-profit, consumer-governed health system serving more than 1.5 million members and more than 1.2 million patients, she is responsible for the organizational development and change management initiatives necessary to execute and sustain the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion strategic priorities. Her work focuses on building relationships and breaking down barriers to create a culture where every colleague, patient, and member feels welcomed, included, and valued. Her past experience includes roles in Global Diversity and 

Inclusion at Thomson Reuters and as a Teach for America corps member. She has served on the board of Teach for America Collective: Twin Cities. She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors for OutFront Minnesota and a member of the Board of Achieve Minneapolis and One Heartland Minnesota. An avid runner and New Jersey native, Ms. Braman holds a bachelor's degree in English from Princeton University and master's degree in Education Policy and Management from Harvard University. 


Sindy Morales Garcia 

Born in the mountains of Guatemala, Sindy Morales Garcia comes from a long line of resilient tricksters and determined community organizers. Driven by a commitment to social justice and wholeness, Sindy works with the Community Initiatives team at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation in Minnesota. She is a trained facilitator in the Art of Hosting and a Qualified Administrator in the Intercultural Development Inventory. Sindy has a B.A. from Bethel University, MSW from the Silberman School of Social Work, and M.Div from Union Theological Seminary

Tyrai Bronson-Pruitt

Tyrai Bronson-Pruitt is a passionate, energetic leader and facilitator who strives to empower others to recognize and celebrate differences in order to create change in the individual and their communities.

As a Certified Racial Justice Facilitator and Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and Intercultural Conflict Styles Inventory (ICS), Tyrai has developed and led a variety of diversity, equity and inclusion trainings and activities, including Circle Dialogue sessions on the topics of race, age, gender and other identities. Tyrai is the recipient of the 2016 Catalytic Leader Award given by the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for her work in creating diverse and inclusive workspaces and communities. She received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Creighton University and later a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Judson University. She has also completed the Diversity and Equity Certificate program at the University of Minnesota.

Dr. SooJin Pate 

Dr. SooJin Pate is an educator, DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion) specialist, and writer dedicated to praxis that centers the lives and experiences of historically marginalized communities. She has taught courses on critical race theory, women of color feminism, African diasporic literature, and U.S. history and culture at various colleges and universities. She also provides training on DEI issues and radical self-care. She is the author of From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption (UMN Press, 2014) and currently working on a memoir and two picture books. Her writings on self-care and Korean adoption have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies.

You can find her on LinkedIn and Facebook

Notable Awards/Recognitions:

2014 Educator of the Year, Macalester College

2012 Outstanding Ally of the Year, Department of Multicultural Life, Macalester College

Selected Publications:

“Where do we go from here? An Adoptee’s Reflection on Life after Loss, Reunion, and Loss Again.” Grief Diaries, June 15, 2018.

Girl Positive: Supporting Girls to Shape a New World by Tatiana Fraser and Caia Hagel. Toronto: Random House Canada, 2016. (I served as a consultant and editor and was interviewed for this book)

“The Radical Politics of Self-Love and Self-Care,” The Feminist Wire, April 30, 2014.

“‘What’s Next For You?’”Chronicle of Higher Education,April 7, 2014.

From Orphan to Adoptee: U.S. Empire and Genealogies of Korean Adoption (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2014).

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Dismantling White Supremacy in Nonprofits: a starting point

I have a confession to make; I no longer work in the nonprofit sector in Minnesota, nor do I live in the state. I recently made the big decision to pursue graduate school in order to further my own passions and learning. While I am enjoying this new and challenging journey, I still find myself deeply connected to the nonprofit sector, a place where I spent the majority of my 20’s working, learning, and growing.

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Care about equity? Then let's talk about salary!

main.jpgFrom Ellen Pompeo to Mo’Nique, pay equity is big news right now. I have been following this topic avidly as a young professional who is still learning to believe in her worth and fighting to be paid accordingly. I have had some of these conversations about worth with one of the women I most admire, Jamie Millard. Forever ahead of the curve, Millard  touched on this very same topic in breaking the silence in nonprofit salaries back in 2012. Even now in 2018, the men and women of Hollywood are creating a spreadsheet basically identical to that which Millard  crowdsourced for us YNPs. Because the topic remains fresh, here’s the most recent edition of the Minnesota Nonprofit Salary and Benefits Survey, which has also helped me put my salary and skills in context.

Still, of all the stories of women fighting to receive their worth, the one that most sticks with me is the solidarity of Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer. As Chastain  explained on her Twitter: “[Octavia] had been underpaid for so long. When I discovered that, I realized that I could tie her deal to mine to bring up her quote. Men should start doing this with their female costars.”

In the social media circles I frequent, Chastain’s actions were praised as a brilliant show of allyship, solidarity, and feminism in action. She found something concrete to do with her privilege and took action. I have benefitted from similar help here and there, but I would like to see more of this kind of solidarity in the nonprofit world.

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Going forward with purpose: our new strategic plan

While 2017 brought activities and events to the YNPN-TC calendar as usual, a quieter but no less important process took place behind the scenes: strategic planning.

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Paid Vs Unpaid Internships

main.jpgHave you had an internship experience that was unpaid? For many of you, especially those in the nonprofit sector, that answer will be yes. According to a 2010 study by Intern Bridge, Inc., 57 percent of internships at nonprofits were unpaid, compared with 48 percent in government and 34 percent at for-profit businesses.

YNPN Twin Cities has teamed up with leading capacity building nonprofit organizations, Pollen Midwest, Springboard for the Arts and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, to change the way that paid and unpaid internships are promoted on online job boards and within our sector. Now on MCN’s, Springboard for the Arts’, and Pollen Midwest’s job boards, paid internships will be listed separately from unpaid internships, which will be found in a different section or with the volunteer opportunities. This change allows internship seekers to search only for paid internships and promotes to the nonprofit sector that paid internships will attract more competitive, qualified candidates. YNPN Twin Cities approached these three capacity building organizations to make this change because we saw our members and college students had a difficult time sorting between unpaid and paid opportunities - a big difference when you’re building your work experience.

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Take Time to Read the NPQ & YNPN Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Reader

Some of you may remember a call last year by Nonprofit Quarterly and YNPN National to contribute articles to their Equity, Diversity and Inclusion reader. Throughout 2016, they’ve been publishing these incredible articles from young professionals, ranging from topics of representation in volunteer groups to doulas to looking at the structure of evaluation to supporting the ever mythical nonprofit unicorn: executive directors of color. You may ever recognize some of the authors - Al Heartly gave a dynamic presentation at 2016’s Five Minutes in Hell.

So read some articles, share with your coworkers, and let these thoughtful perspectives sink into your daily work in meaningful ways. The full list of articles is here or you can read them one by one:

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