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130: Board Transformation from Resistance to Inclusion with Christal Cherry and Renee Rubin Ross

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“And so if we want to change, we actually need to realize that it’s often on the subconscious level.”

– Dr. Renee Rubin Ross
Episode #130

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In this episode of What the Fundraising Podcast…

In this episode of What the Fundraising, we get to talk to consultants Christal Cherry and Dr. Renee Rubin Ross who tackle the pervasive racism and white supremacy culture within nonprofit boards.

Christal M. Cherry is an accomplished board consultant and the driving force behind The Board Pro. Based in Atlanta, Christal is passionate about assisting nonprofits nationwide in building stronger, more effective boards. Her work in the DEI space led her to collaborate with Dr. Renee Rubin Ross, a strategic planning facilitator, and the person in charge of Cal State East Bay’s Nonprofit Management Certificate program. 

With their shared passion for fostering diversity and inclusion, Christal and Renee tackle complex DEI issues within nonprofit boards. In this conversation they share how they often navigate resistance from board members uncomfortable with discussing white supremacy culture and biases. However, through patience and open dialogue, they witness transformative shifts in mindsets and behaviors. Christal and Renee emphasized the importance of transparency and personal reflection within organizations. Their approach encouraged boards to recognize their individual and collective responsibilities in creating diverse and inclusive environments. Through these experiences, the duo are powerful advocates for change within the nonprofit world, displaying the power of empathy and genuine understanding in making a real difference.

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Get to know Christal M. Cherry:

Christal M. Cherry, The Board Pro, worked 23 years as a nonprofit fundraiser serving higher education institutions, seminaries, and human service organizations. Now as a board consultant for nonprofits, she equips and empowers boards to support their missions and change the world. Her services as Principal and CEO of the Board Pro, include recruitment, governance, fundraising, conflict resolution and diversity, equity, inclusion, access and belonging.

Get to know Renee Rubin Ross:

Dr. Renee Rubin Ross is a nationally recognized strategic planning and board development consultant. Committed to racial equity in the nonprofit sector, Dr. Ross supports organizations and individuals in practices that celebrate and amplify diverse voices and perspectives.

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