Building Equity and Inclusion Into Storytelling

When:  Oct 6, 2021 from 11:30 AM to 01:30 PM (ARIZONA)

The health and safety of our guests is AFP Greater Arizona's highest priority.  In adherence to recommended CDC guidelines, we ask that guests wear face coverings at all times except while eating and drinking, regardless of vaccination status.  AFP takes Covid seriously and works with venues with a strict sanitation policy in place in order to minimize physical interactions. 

Building Equity and Inclusion Into Storytelling

Telling stories is at the core of engaging our supporters in the mission of our organizations. When we uplift these experiences, we have a special opportunity to engage our supporters in the stories of the communities we serve and uplift and honor those experiences. When we mine for these stories though, are we doing it in ways that uplift and don't cause unintentional harm?  Sharing these authentic stories means taking on the responsibility of handling them with the care and integrity needed to protect the communities whose stories we are choosing to share.

Join us for an engaging panel discussion to learn more about inclusive and equitable ways to engage in community-centered storytelling. This workshop is a great opportunity for not only development staff but marketing, programs and leadership.


Clayton Davenport,
Director of Development & Marketing for one•n•ten.

Clayton Davenport is the Director of Development & Marketing for one•n•ten. Raised in Oregon on a farm in a small town, Clayton always knew his cowboy boots needed a few more rhinestones. After graduating college, he moved to San Diego, where he spent 11 years working for JPMorgan Chase until moving to Denver Co in 2011. Volunteering with the Center on Colfax, Denver’s LGBTQ Community Center, led him to his 10-year LGBTQ fundraising and development career. Clayton has raised an excess of $10m to support LGBTQ organizations like the Center on Colfax, Phoenix Pride, and one•n•ten. When he isn’t raising critical funds to support the LGBTQ+ community, you can find Clayton and his husband out in nature with their two dogs. They are avid hikers, campers, and 4x4 enthusiasts. Recently Clayton & Chris completed their foster and adoption licensing and are working on expanding their family. 

Tannia Esparza, Storyteller and founder of GiraSol Descendants

Tannia Esparza-she, ella/they, elle- is a Queer Xicanx raised in Chumash People’s Ocean waters now known as Santa Barbara, Ca. She is proud to come from a migrant family of brave, persistent matriarchs and grateful to have found home in the high desert mountains of the Tiwa People, in Corrales, New Mexico. 

Tannia is a storyteller and founder of GiraSol Descendants, a beloved community making project, offering storytelling as a practice for building the world we need and deeply desire. In her consulting practice, Tannia offers her gifts in coaching, vision and purpose alignment, transformative facilitation, program design, storytelling and cultural strategy to local and national social justice efforts. They are a proud fellow and board member of The Center for Whole Communities. Tannia loves offering embodied, spirit, and heart centered support as a prenatal, birth, and post-birth doula. 

She has been growing alongside social justice movements for over 17 years working at the intersections of reproductive, gender and racial justice, and Queer liberation. Most recently, Tannia completed a six year tenure as the Executive Director at Bold Futures (formerly Young Women United), a New Mexico based reproductive justice organization led by women of color. In 2017, she was honored to receive the Woman of Vision Award from the MS. Foundation for Women. Her writing can be found in, Latina Magazine, Rewire News, NBC News, New Mexico's Greenfire Times, and the Malpais Review. Tannia loves to run by the river and love on the mountains whenever they can. She is currently doing her best to move courageously toward her sacred purpose.

Jennifer Sanchez, Community Affairs Manager at Intel

Jenn is the Arizona Community Affairs Manager at Intel, where she manages Pre-K STEAM strategic programs and neighbor relations. She joined Intel in 2018 as a Marketing and Communications Specialist for Intel’s Global Diversity, Inclusion and Social Impact team, managing marketing strategies and employee storytelling. Prior to joining Intel, Jenn was an award-winning journalist, writing for publications including the Albuquerque Tribune and Salt Lake Tribune. After many years, reporting led her into public policy and nonprofit administration. Jenn’s nonprofit experience includes serving as Director of Youthworks, a pre-employment program for at-hope, underserved teenagers, and Community Collaborations Director with the United Way of Salt Lake. Her public policy experience includes Communications Director for Utah Senate Democrats and the Democratic National Committee in Washington, D.C.​

Jenn received a Bachelor of Journalism and Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin and earned a Master’s of Public Administration from the University of Utah. She also received a Certificate in Public and Nonprofit Leadership from Georgetown University. ​

Arizona is the ninth state Jenn calls home. She is a fifth-generation Chicana with roots from El Paso, Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. She is a wife, bonus and fur mom, daughter and auntie. She enjoys living outside of her comfort zones, traveling, exploring the outdoors, mentoring, dancing and going to the theater.​ Find her on LinkedIn!

Tom Egan, President and CEO FSL

 As President and CEO of The Foundation for Senior Living (FSL), Tom has oversight for health and development projects offering the most personalized and caring services for families of all ages. For over 40 years, FSL has been improving the quality of life for individuals and families in Arizona, especially the most vulnerable members of our community, by helping them face issues of ability, aging, housing, illness and isolation. Tom brings a rich background to FSL, having worked for a number of charitable organizations, particularly those that provide social services to children and families that live in poverty in the United States and around the world.

Tom entered the non-profit industry in 1995, joining Cleveland Healthcare for the Homeless, where in 1997; he assumed his first managerial role.  Tom worked at Catholic Charities for over 12 years and held positions of increasing responsibility. Prior to joining FSL, Tom was the President and CEO at Esperança, an international public health organization.

Tom holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Bowling Green State University, in Bowling Green, Ohio and a Master's degree in Marriage and Family Therapy, from the University of Akron, in Akron, OH.  He currently serves on the board of directors for Leading Age Arizona and has served as the Board Chair of the Organization for Nonprofit Executives (ONE); Board member of Bridging Arizona Furniture Bank, and Resilient Me. He served on Mayor Stanton’s developing age friendly community taskforce, as well as numerous national taskforces that deal with poverty reduction, child welfare, and sex and human trafficking.

11:30 AM - Networking

12:00 PM - Lunch

12:30 PM - Program

Early-Bird Members (ends Sept 28 @ 12 pm): $40
Early-Bird Non-members (ends Sept 28 @ 12 pm): $50

Members: $50
Non-members: $60


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