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Three Webinars for Diversity and Inclusion in March

February 21, 2018

The AFP Foundation for Philanthropy – Canada is proud to offer a series of three webinars during the month of March focused on diversity and inclusion!

These complimentary webinars are provided through a grant from the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, and the foundation is so appreciative of the Ministry’s support of AFP’s vision of diversity and inclusion in the fundraising profession and charitable sector.

1. March 6, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Unconscious Bias

There are many forces that shape our opinions and beliefs, which then in turn inform our behavior, particularly as it relates to valuing diversity.

This session will examine how our perceptions of others are formulated, the entrenchment of bias that may be unconscious and its impact, and finally, how to enhance awareness and reduce the potential for disrespect that bias can engender.

2. March 13, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Diversity and Inclusion Communications

Communication is one of the most important components of a successful diversity and inclusion strategy.  But what do diverse and inclusive communications actually look like?  There are many examples of organizations that are genuinely trying to be inclusive, but miss the mark with their communication strategies.

Join us to examine the link between diversity and communications! We will examine what inclusive communications look like and how employers can ensure they aren’t inadvertently communicating in an exclusionary manner.

3. March 27, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time

Promising Practices on Women’s Advancement

Today, women account for over 60% of undergraduate degrees in Canada.  In fact, they have accounted for more than 50% of undergraduate degrees since 1980. We have extensive research on the benefits of having women in leadership positions, yet the pace of change has been glacial.  Most employers know they need to tackle this issue head on, or nothing will ever change.

This webinar will examine the facts and look at what barriers exist to achieving more equitable levels of gender-parity in the workplace.  More importantly, it will provide promising practices on what individuals can do to play a role in women’s advancement in their organizations.

To register for any or all of these webinar, click on the Complimentary Registration Link.

Registration for each webinar is limited to the first 500 attendees!


All webinars are presented by Loreli Buenaventura, Director, Partner Relations, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (

Loreli Buenaventura is a trusted strategic expert in diversity, inclusion, leadership development and holistic health.  For the past 20 years, she has advanced the inclusion goals of leading Canadian organizations in the private, public and non-profit sectors at the community, national and global levels.  An inspired collaborator, Loreli specializes in inclusive leadership development, change management, innovation and inclusion communications, the latter based on an established early career in media and public relations.  Loreli holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and Equity Studies from the University of Toronto and is a professional coach currently completing her Accredited Coach Certification. 

Loreli joins CCDI after having led and developed all aspects of RBC’s diversity and inclusion strategic objectives and solutions for Canadian Banking and in partnership with senior executives, Human Resources leaders and their respective leadership teams.  Throughout her tenure, she helped launch RBC's CB Women's Forum as well as its Indigenous Group Mentoring Program, and most recently worked with business leaders to integrate inclusion, innovation and diversity of thought as a strategic advantage.  Prior to RBC, Loreli was in charge of global leadership development at Scotiabank as well as Diversity & Inclusion at KPMG. 

Throughout her career, Loreli continually demonstrates her commitment to coaching, mentoring and empowering individuals to realize their full-potential.  She is credited for growing The Mentoring Partnership of the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council (TRIEC) having recruited many of its founding corporate partners while guiding its service delivery partners to achieve a three-fold increase in mentoring matches in its initial birth.  Under her leadership, this program received the Canadian Urban Institute Award for City Initiatives.

Loreli is also passionate about holistic health and in helping align individuals to their life purpose.  Originally from Winnipeg, Loreli currently resides in Toronto where she also supports the overall health, life and career goals of students and clients alike through her private practice in Yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and professional coaching.

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