The John R. Oishei Foundation will offer two workshops for Black, Indigenous and people of color (BIPOC) nonprofit professionals designed to support them as they continue to be changemakers in the community. Offered in February and March, these workshops are part of a year-long program of capacity building learning opportunities for nonprofit professionals offered through the Foundation’s Office of Philanthropic Support.
The lunch-time workshops will be facilitated by Dr. Tara Jabbaar-Gyambrah, an award-winning author, changemaker and servant leader, and CEO of TMJ Consulting. Dr. Jabbaar-Gyambrah will offer “Build Your Own Table” on February 22, designed to support people of color in building new networks, attracting an audience, and creating change in the community despite historically not being invited to have a seat at the table where power resides. Participants will learn how to apply the principles of influence to create their own networks.
On March 15, she will continue the series with “Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in the Workplace” to shift mindsets, increase confidence, and implement an actionable plan to succeed in the workplace. Participants will learn strategies to defeat negative thinking and overcome Imposter Syndrome, including believing they do not belong. While Imposter Syndrome is not specific to BIPOC professionals, their experiences are often exacerbated by a lack of support, racial trauma, and other workplace dynamics, including racism.
There is no charge for the workshops, and both will be offered from noon to 2 pm at the Barton Room on the 8th floor of the Larkin at Exchange Building at 726 Exchange Street in Buffalo. Lunch will be provided at each session. Participants can register for one or both sessions; however, both are encouraged as the second session will build on teachings in the first one.
Interested participants can register by emailing Linda Gloss-Ball at email@example.com. Seating is limited and registration closes on February 20 for “Build Your Own Table” and on March 13 for “Overcoming Imposter Syndrome in the Workplace.” Both sessions are reserved for BIPOC nonprofit professionals only.
The Oishei Foundation will offer additional workshops throughout the year, including those focused on the fundamentals of audit and accounting, strategic planning, fund development, and many others in various formats, including daylong symposiums and shorter workshops. While some will be focused exclusively for leaders of color in keeping with the Foundation’s commitment to racial equity, others will be offered to the broader nonprofit community. The program is part of the Foundation’s Beyond Grantmaking focus designed to provide education, leadership development, and support to the nonprofit community to help them drive change in the community.
The John R. Oishei Foundation is one of the most comprehensive private foundations in Western New York focusing on a broad range of interrelated issues and offering philanthropic support that goes far beyond funding. Our mission is to enhance the economic vitality and quality of life for the Buffalo Niagara region through grantmaking, leadership, and network building. The Foundation was established in 1940 by John R. Oishei, founder of Trico Products Corporation.