What is growth?

Growth can mean various things depending on the type of your organization. It could be an increase in the size of your organization’s talent pool. Growth could mean an increase in profits, investments, or grants. Or perhaps growth can be an expansion of services to the community you serve or infrastructures used by your constituents.  

The Impact Alliance (TiA) believes that one factor is necessary for growth to occur: a socially intelligent, just, and inclusive organizational culture. In these current times old ways of thinking will no longer be effective in this increasingly rapidly changing world. TiA's Mission is to introduce organizations to TiA's Pathways of adopting a socially intelligent, just, and inclusive DNA in your organization that will positively impact your bottom line.


What are the consequences of a social-intelligence deficient organizational culture?

All too often do we see how entities across all industries and sectors undercut their own growth by sticking to “business as usual” or the status quo for various reasons. But what seems to be a common thread in these scenarios is a lack of understanding of what - positively and negatively - impacts growth. Entities are often unable to connect the dots orunwilling to be open to innovative ways of doing business. Such a posture will likely result in costs and losses that could have been prevented.


#Speaktruth Summit

A conference for women* of color by women of color

The Impact AllianceChicago Black Women in Tech, and Womanist Words invite you to join us for our inaugural #SpeakTruth Summit from October 20 and 21, 2018, at Chicago State University. 

This conference for women of color by women of color has a three-fold purpose: restorative, constructive, and empowering. 

Systems of oppression can leave lasting scars on the mental and physical well- being of women of color. The #SpeakTruth Summit seeks to acknowledge these scars and offer healing and restorative practices. Furthermore, #SpeakTruth recognizes that there is pain in growth. This summit will challenge participants to acknowledge and confront their own biases or oppressive tendencies, in order to empower attendees to be more open, inclusive, and collaborative. Therefore, #SpeakTruth workshops and plenary sessions were designed with a focus on empowering women equipping them with the tools, resources, connections, and knowledge to succeed, not just survive, in their day-to-day lives.

For more information and to purchase your tickets, please visit https://www.womanistwords.com/speaktruth-summit


Exploring the Differences between the Diaspora and the African-American Experiences

WakandaCon 2018 (August 4, 2018) - Hilton Downtown Chicago, 720 South Michigan Avenue 


TiA Founder, Carla Kupe-Arion, will be moderating this interesting panel discussion which sets out to explore the differences between the Diaspora and African-American experiences through the themes portrayed in the Black Panther movie. 

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The dynamics between T'Challa and Killmonger depicted in Black Panther brought to the forefront a phenomenon that usually occurs in private circles or sometimes in academia: Oppression Olympics between African-born or Africans and American-born or "rooted" Black people. The differences in reactions to the movie have reignited a discussion this panel seeks to have.

Exploring the impact of the two different histories and systems that have and are still impacting all Black people will be the panel's starting point in order to highlight differences but also focus on the similarities between narratives and what we can do as we create new ones, a new history.

To purchase your ticket, please visit the WakandaCon website at https://wakandacon2018.com.


May 10 Twitter Chat:

Inclusion and Women of Color in the Workplace

Is there a difference between diversity & inclusion? Find out on our #WorkingWOC Twitter Chat with us, @WomensWireDaily, @TheMCSquad_dc, and @WomanistWords on May 10, 2018, at 2 p.m. EST to talk about inclusion in the workplace! #WorkingWOC.

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Changing the Narrative:

An Evening of Celebration and Conversation for Women and Girls in STEAM 


The Impact Alliance NFP is recruiting Chicago area female middle and high schoolers of color to participate in a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) event in collaboration with Chicago Black Women in Tech, the Illinois Council on Women and Girls, and Chicago Center for Arts & Technology on May 10, 2018, entitled "Changing the Narrative," a unique celebration highlighting women and girls who are invested in STEAM programs. The young learners will have the opportunity to participate in hands-on science activities, while hearing from a panel of diverse women dedicated to advancing minorities in the arts and tech community. The event is free to our young ladies. Please spread the word and ask parents/guardians to sign the students up with TiA at carla@theimpactalliancenfp.com. Registration closes on May 6.

If you are interested in attending the event, please contact Ashley Floyd at ashley@chicat.org


"Am I My Sister's Keeper...in the Workplace?"

The Impact Alliance NFP has partnered with Chicago Black Women in Tech to present “Am I My Sister’s Keeper…in the Workplace?,” a workshop that sets out to explore the positive and negative interactions between women in the workplace.

The purpose of this workshop was to identify and discuss the possible causes of challenging dynamics between women and to take away “best practices” that will assist in fostering positive and supportive work spaces.

The event included a keynote address by Paula J. Caplan, Ph. D. an Associate at Harvard University's DuBois Institute and clinical and research psychologist.


TiA Interview


I had the pleasure of interviewing Yuka Ogata, city counselor for Kumamoto City, in Japan. She made headlines last year when she brought her son (who joined us for this interview), only a few months old to work, the city assembly which caused quite an uproar. In this conversation, Counselor Ogata talks about her life as a public servant who is also a mother and her fight to improve the life of working mothers in Japan.

A Washington Post article about Counselor Ogata can be found here www.washingtonpost.com/world/a-japan….60ca4908a058



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