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Ladder 2 Leadership

October 12, 2022 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT


Class participants for this workshop will gather at 6:00 PM at the Hub for a shared community dinner meal, which is free and open to all. Following the dinner meal, class participants will begin the workshop with Nikai. Ladder 2 Leadership addresses the elephant in the room: why are organizations still not able to find “qualified” diverse individuals to fill their upper-level positions? Whether people identify as millennials/Gen Zs, BIPOC, and/or LGBTQ+, somehow the glass ceiling has proven to exist across all oppressed identities. In this workshop, we will identify why the person who seems “unlikely” could be the best possible candidate for the job. This workshop will provide tips and tools on how to source, retain, and uplift key professionals. Let’s work together building workplace cultures that focus on mentorship, understanding, and upward mobility now and on into the future. Come for the community dinner meal at the Hub, and stay for this inspiring and helpful workshop. All welcome.



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Nikai Fondon

Nikai Fondon is a recent college graduate from the Isenberg School of Management at UMass Amherst with a degree in Marketing. Nikai’s professional experience with diverse populations and dedication to community change propelled her into the nonprofit industry. She now conducts capacity-building workshops through her NikaiElise brand and continues her brand awareness consulting work with nonprofit organizations and small businesses. She hosts her own podcast called She Did That!; a podcast dedicated to highlighting young women of color leaders in various fields. She commits her free time to teaching Zumba classes in the community. Nikai truly believes in women empowerment, leadership, and education and chooses to use her position in society as a young, Black woman to uplift and encourage others of all backgrounds to become better versions of themselves.


October 12, 2022
6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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The Community Resilience Hub, St. John’s Church
48 Elm St.
Northampton, MA


The Truth School
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