Disability Inclusion Workshops - Exponent Philanthropy

Disability Inclusion Workshops

As philanthropists, we envision communities that value and support people in all their diverse manifestations. We promote equality of opportunity and equitable outcomes. Yet, when we talk about diversity and inclusive philanthropy, we often mention disability at the very end of a long list—if it gets mentioned at all. 

We must deepen our understanding of disability as a natural part of the human experience. Those who work full time in this sphere prefer to think of it, not as disability funding, but rather put the emphasis on accessibility. In truth, we’re not funding a disability; we’re working to break down barriers and improve access. 

More about Disability-Inclusive Grantmaking. 

Join us for one or both workshops on disability inclusion, with applications to your foundation’s operations and governance as well as your grantmaking. These are active learning environments with both presentations and small group discussions. The programs will not be recorded.  

Workshop #1: Best Practices for Disability Inclusion: A 101 Conversation Around Disability

    Tuesday, July 18, 2023 @ 2:00-3:30 PM ET 

    Disability is often used to reference an individual’s physical and/or mental health conditions, their relation to hospitals, rehabilitation services, and other medical services. This interactive workshop will help you understand disability prevalence and move beyond symptoms to focusing on inclusion. You will leave with guidance around reasonable accommodations and cultivating a culture that is inclusive of people with disabilities.  

    Learning outcomes include:  

    • Define disability and explore its significance to overarching equity efforts 
    • Become aware of and begin to address any potential internal or organizational biases 
    • Identify actions steps in addressing inequity as it relates to disability 

    Workshop #2: Managing Bias 

    Tuesday, October 10, 2023 @ 2:00-3:30 PM ET 

     A more inclusive and culturally responsive workplace requires an understanding of bias and how its impact on teams. This workshop aims to empower how we engage others and make decisions at work. Participants will wrestle with the personal, cultural, and professional manifestations of bias.  

     Learning outcomes include: 

    • Define bias and identify its impact in the workplace. 
    • Explore how bias influences efforts to foster diversity and inclusion. 
    • Discuss techniques for disrupting bias. 


    Keri Gray
    CEO, Keri Gray Group, LLC

    Keri Gray is a cancer survivor, entrepreneur, speaker, and facilitator. Through her consulting firm, she teaches leadership tools related to disability, race, gender, and intersectionality. She is also founder of the National Alliance of Melanin Disabled Advocates (NAMED Advocates), an educational hub for managers looking to sharpen their skills through a lens of disability and racial justice.

    Keri has recruited approximately 4,000 professionals for over 100 organizations and Fortune 500 companies. She has also designed and managed programs that have helped participants secure competitive employment, identify transferable skills, build an influential network, and gain notable opportunities.

    Registration Fees

    1 Workshop Both Workshops
    Exponent Philanthropy Members $80 $150
    Non-Members $100 $180

    Who Should Attend

    This program is open to foundation donors, trustees, and staff; individual donors; donor-advised fund holders; and members of giving circles.

    Registration and Other Policies

    Please register by clicking this link. Prior to the workshop, you will receive your unique access information. The program will not be recorded. By registering for this program, participants are agreeing to Exponent Philanthropy’s Participant Guidelines. Please contact us by email or at 202-580-6560 if you have any questions.

    Platform & Accessibility

    This program uses Zoom; automated closed captioning is available. We can provide additional accommodations upon request (e.g., live captioner, ASL interpreter). Please contact info@exponentphilanthropy.org or call 202-580-6560 by July 11 for Workshop #1 or October 3 for Workshop #2 dates if you need any accommodations.