Dr. Charlotte L. Williams has been announced as a speaker at the 2020 Drury Nonprofit Leadership Virtual Conference on Friday, October 30.
Dr. Williams, who serves as Professor of Public Health and Director of the Center on Community Philanthropy at the Clinton School of Public Service, will deliver a virtual presentation titled “Advancing Racial Equity: The Role of Nonprofit Leaders in Promoting Social Change.”
Hosted by the Drury University Leadership Collaborative, this year’s conference theme is “Nonprofits Navigating Change: Finding the New North.” The annual event welcomes speakers from across the country who have extensive experience in the nonprofit sector and leadership positions.
Early registration for the event is available through September 25, and regular registration is available through Oct. 29. Registration for the online conference includes access to downloadable tools and resources that can help organizations chart their course, interactive sessions with speakers, access to video recordings of all conference sessions following the event, and a post-conference action plan for organizations.
The mission of the Center on Community Philanthropy is to explore the concept of philanthropy as the kind of giving and sharing from within that is characteristic of positive change and long-lasting development in impoverished communities.
Under Dr. William’s leadership, The Center is dedicated to expanding the knowledge, tools, and practice of community-spawned and community-driven philanthropy. Its work lifts up community philanthropy as a powerful influence for turning communities toward positive change.
The Center annually presents the Advancing Equity Award to recognize organizations that are using innovative solutions to address racial inequalities in their communities and advance progress toward inclusion. The award, which is presented on the National Day of Racial Healing in January, includes financial support for the recipients to continue and enhance their efforts of advancing equity.
The Center hosted a summit as a part of its project, “Pathways to Racial Healing and Equity in the American South: A Community Philanthropy Strategy,” bringing together researchers and practitioners to explore structural racism impacting children’s education and health, and mobilizing community philanthropy leaders to better heal racial divisions and improve lives and communities.
A business administration graduate from Howard University, Washington, D.C., Dr. Williams earned her doctoral degree in Public Health and her master’s degree in Public Health from the UAMS College of Public Health.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.