Listen to Lisa Yancey speak about “Closing the Racial Wealth Gap” on Money + Meaning podcast!

Conversation recorded live at the SOCAP 365 PNW event in Seattle with other panelists: Sayer Jones, Director of Mission Related Investing for Meyer Memorial Trust and Stephen Green, Founder of PitchBlack.

Watch Lisa Yancey share her thoughts about words and their power!


Frank Conversations by NSL Bites



Inspiration Leads to Transformation Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a Personal Desire.

Powerpoint Presentation and Digital Handbook. Presented at Regent Atlantic Neighborhood Nonprofits Group Symposium, September 20, 2018.

What Are the Paradigm Shifts Necessary for the Arts Sector to Nurture More Sustainable THRIVING Institutions of Color?-Report.

Learnings from practitioners in New York City–based organizations that serve African, LatinX, Asian, Arab, and Native American Culture and Communities.

PDF report.



  • “If we aren’t vigilant about safeguarding our identities and telling and documenting our stories in our own voice, someone else can and will rewrite and define
    who we are.”

  • “Data is illuminating and powerful when contemplating change. It is the anchor to new ideas, the paper and ink when crafting a story. Data, however, has no loyalty. It is used to tell any story desired by the author. This is why data must be in the service of a bold, radical vision. It is vision and artistry that spark culture shifts and inspirepeople to demand and sustain change.”

  • “In order to tap into our humanity; we have to strengthen our empathy muscles. And we will never strengthen our empathy muscles if we stay in our bubbles.”




  • Biases-- We All Have Them

    1. Promote self-awareness. Take the Implicit Associations Test.

    2. We have positive and negative biases. Understand the nature of our biases. Unconscious bias is a normal aspect of human cognition.

    3. Identify and create a list of situations in which your implicit biases impact your behavior.

    4. Be more open and friendlier when interacting with people you perceive as different-- brain follows the heart.

    5. Educate yourself. Read, watch, listen, have conversations.

    How to Have Difficult Conversations

    • Video | How to Resolve Racially Stressful Conversations | Howard C. Stevenson | TEDMED  [17:35 mins]

    • Highlights:

      • Read, recast and resolve mindfulness strategy:

        • Read-- recognize when a racial moment happens and notice your stress reactions to it

        • Recast-- reduce stress by mindfully moving your thoughts from overwhelming to manageable, and

        • Resolve-- negotiate with yourself towards a healthy conclusion

      • Stress management technique:

        • Calculate your stress-- identify how stressed you are on a numeric scale

        • Locate-- find where in your body you feel the stress and describe it

        • Communicate-- share what images and thoughts are coming in your mind

        • Breathe & exhale slowly

  • Further Reading