How They Lead
Episode 6: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion with Karen LaShelle
Karen LaShelle, Executive Director of Creative Action, joins hosts Kent and Shelby for this final episode of Season 1 to talk about her trajectory from volunteer to leader of Creative Action, a nonprofit, arts-based youth development organization that provides creative learning programs for Central Texas youth.
Karen talks about the weight of being an Executive Director, but also the best parts of her role; her passion for building community; and how Creative Action adapted during the pandemic to continue supporting their students, including their new virtual programming - Creative Action Together.
The Competency Model topic of this episode is equity, diversity, and inclusion. Karen talks about the work that she and Creative Action are doing to operationalize equity.
Every episode of How They Lead will feature a local Austin-area nonprofit executive discussing how they got to where they are today, surprising lessons they’ve learned along the way, and what skills they’re looking for in young nonprofit leaders. Each episode will align with skills from YNPN Austin’s Competency Model and how they have honed that skill through their work.
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