Inspired by Ayanna Pressley
ReFresh Strategies works with frameworks that guide individuals and organizations toward fresh perspectives and expanding their ideas of what’s possible when engaging with communities, staff, and customers. They draw upon asset-based community organizing approaches, with a core belief that value exists in all aspects of relationship building, beyond and inclusive of monetary value. The process uncovers the systemic problems caused by media narratives, historic inequality, perception gaps, and personal biases that inhibit change. Often the goal is the evolution of engagements and initiatives away from being transactional and stuck in an action/reaction cycle, toward one that is integrated into community-based initiatives, more broadly accepted by individuals, and open to inclusive and mutually-beneficial solutions.
Coaching | Capacity Building
Tailored for leaders in the non-profit organizations
Whether you've been recently promoted or you’re making a career change, being an Executive Director comes with surprises that no one thinks to tell you in advance. Our inquiry-driven executive coaching program will assist you in navigating transition and building the right foundation for your leadership.
With your personal and organizational goals as milestones, our process will support your growth and instruct you on how to achieve impact with your board of directors, staff, community, and the philanthropic sector.
Over a six-month program, Derek will provide a confidential and collegial environment to explore your leadership style and vision.
Together we will develop:
Organizational Assessments | Matchmaking | Diversity, Equity, Inclusion (DEI) Processes & Practices
Designed for universities, museums, theaters, and other non-profit organizations working in/with communities of color and examining issues of equity and inclusion
Museums and theaters make attempts at broadening their audiences by introducing limited-run productions and exhibitions featuring artists of color. However, tepid commitments - from poor messaging and inadequate staff training to the reluctant placement and inclusion of diverse work as a central part of their audience engagement - sometimes make these initiatives seem tokenizing and patronizing.
ReFresh Strategies work with cultural and educational clients begins with by learning how the clients define their challenges and what success looks like. From there, an assessment of the organization reveals areas of alignment and/or disconnect from the current state and the ways in which success can be achieved. For example, smaller institutions may benefit from matchmaking and facilitating connections with community stakeholders. Larger institutions may benefit from a more in-depth examination of how their plans and actions are navigating today’s environment while still aligning with their missions.
Organizational Assessments | Matchmaking | Community Building | Racial Equity Dialogues
For companies and organizations seeking to add or enhance a social justice and equity lens to their internal operations and/or to diversify their client and audience bases
For-profit companies and many non-profit organizations often walk a fine line between wanting to fulfill their social responsibility expectations and meeting the bottom line. But they operate in a climate where today’s savvy consumers and stakeholders respond negatively when corporate actions are performative rather than substantive, when engagements are extractive rather than interactive, and when communities are treated as monolithic instead of diverse. Additionally, the decentralized nature of online interactions combined with a thirst for meaningful engagements, makes audience and consumer interest significantly more complicated to gauge.
ReFresh Strategies works with for-profit clients to understand their challenges and uses an equity lens to examine and develop new pathways to success. This may take the form of internal racial equity dialogues, evolving internal processes, or facilitating matchmaking with external communities and leaders.