Diversity, equity and inclusion are core values. I have long believed that the most effective nonprofits are lead and staffed by people representing diverse identities, experiences, and perspectives and I have experience creating a culture in which everyone is celebrated, valued and respected. A key focus area of my consulting is to support new leaders and first time CEO’s and to encourage Boards of Directors to promote BIPOC candidates who have all the qualities necessary for success, but who may never have served before in the top job. We all know how much is required of nonprofit executives – we expect them to have subject matter expertise, be strategic thinkers, possess business acumen, have management skills, understand good governance, know how to manage risk, and be successful fundraisers. That is a wide set of skills and I believe we have a responsibility to give new leaders the time to build their experience base. It’s not enough to promote someone into the job, we need to provide them with support too.