Leaders of Color

The Leaders of Color (LOC) Circle is a 6-month program designed specifically for and by Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) individuals working in the social impact sector.

Centered on BIPOC peer support and shared wisdom, the Circle aims to create a space where BIPOC leaders can ask and offer support around self-care strategies, nonprofit core competencies, and leadership skills while embracing their cultural heritage as an important asset for themselves and the sector.

The Leaders of Color Circle consists of facilitated small-group sessions of 8 participants and a facilitator and provides an intimate and confidential setting where BIPOC leaders meet monthly to grow together, learn from each other, and activate their collective power.

Program Goals: 

  • Build community with other BIPOC leaders in the sector. 
  • Develop tools for self-care while being affirmed and supported by peers. 
  • Gain skills for nonprofit leadership roles (future or current). 
  • Learn and share strategies for individual and organizational resilience.

Eligibility Requirements: 

  • BIPOC individuals working within or around the social impact sector in Virginia (organizations that focus on community building) with preferences given to CNE member organizations due to limited space. 
  • A commitment to meet for 2-hours monthly during the 6-months of the program.
  • An openness to different perspectives, valuing a safe space for honest discussions where all opinions are honored while maintaining strict confidentiality.  

Program Costs 

CNE is committed to creating programs for and by BIPOC leaders and ensuring the accessibility of those programs regardless of ability to pay. The cost to CNE per person for this program is $325, but thanks to the generous support of Bank of America, the individual program fees are partially subsidized. Participants will be responsible for $100.  Please check out our Circle Interest Form.


Additional Information 

The Leaders of Color Circle is part of CNE’s strategy which specifically focuses on redressing inequities in the sector. In addition to the Circle, CNE launched the Leaders of Color Collective in early 2022. The Leaders of Color Collective will be a quarterly gathering for BIPOC leaders where nonprofit professionals can drop in for networking opportunities and professional development workshops.  

Stay tuned for more information on the Leaders of Color Collective in the next coming months! If you haven’t already, you can stay up to date on CNE’s programs and trainings by subscribing to CNE’s eNewsletter.