2024 Symposium

When:  Jun 4, 2024 from 10:00 AM to 03:30 PM (PT)



June 4, 2024

Ventura College, Wright Event Center

57 Day Road

Ventura, CA 93003

(New Location)



Fostering Future Leaders: Nurturing Talent and Strengthening Organizations through DEI


Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion is a hot topic in the nonprofit world today. But what is the right way to achieve an organization’s DEI goals? 

A DEI strategy shouldn’t be just about checking boxes—it should be about tapping into fresh perspectives that fuel creativity and innovation. By embracing a variety of backgrounds and experiences, organizations can break out of stagnant patterns and discover new solutions to complex problems.

Nurturing emerging leaders is like planting seeds for a thriving future. When organizations invest in the growth and development of their young talent, they're not just securing their own future—they're cultivating a generation of leaders who will carry the torch forward, driving positive change for years to come.

This symposium explores strategies for nonprofits to recruit a more diverse workforce, ensuring new staff have the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in their current roles, and beyond. The content and materials distributed during the event will serve as valuable tools to articulate this case to the leaders and boards of organizations in our community.


Our Keynote Speaker

Cherian Koshy is a recognized leader in the nonprofit sector, known for his innovative approaches to fundraising, strategic planning, and nonprofit leadership. With nearly three decades of experience, Cherian has dedicated his career to helping organizations navigate the complexities of growth and change.

Throughout his career, Cherian has served in senior leadership roles at various institutions, where he has been instrumental in raising more than $200 million. His work extends beyond fundraising; he is deeply involved in coaching and mentoring the next generation of nonprofit leaders.

Currently, Cherian serves as the Vice Chair of Professional Development on the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Global Board and is the past chair of Volunteer Iowa. His thought leadership has been featured in numerous publications, including Advancing Philanthropy and The Chronicle of Philanthropy, and he is a sought-after speaker at conferences and workshops worldwide.


AFP Member - $50

Non-Member - $75

3+ Participants at same organization can take advantage of $50 per person rate. Contact the office to take advantage of this deal.


Ventura College, Wright Event Center
57 Day Road
Ventura, CA 93003
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