INW Fireside Chat: The Inner Workings of INW
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About the Event
We've received several asks about who we are and what we're doing differently when it comes to internal workplace operations, bringing love and compassion into objective situations, and literally changing the face of professionalism in order to undermind the inherent systemic oppression that capitalism is rooted in. Join us for a thrilling and challenging conversation!
Dan Egol (He/Him) - Executive Director
Raised in a multi-cultural home with strong ties to both Cuba and Israel, I grew up passionate about social justice, community building, and global affairs. I openly identify as a member of the LBGTQ+ community and am committed to using the many privileges and opportunities in my life to foster equity and belonging. Following my graduation from Middlebury College in 2013, I spent five years working at Cook Ross, a diversity & inclusion consulting firm. There I held various roles including Project Manager, Chief of Staff, and Client Success Manager. Prior to Cook Ross, I interned at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, the Cuba desk of the Washington Office on Latin America, the Racial Justice Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, and worked as a part-time contractor for the Atlantic Philanthropies. As a way to provide direct service to my community, I served on the Board of Shepherd’s Table, a Silver Spring-based organization that provides basic, essential services to vulnerable community members, particularly those experiencing homelessness and food insecurity. In May 2020 I graduated with an MBA from the Yale School of Management, where I served as the Community & Inclusion Officer in student government, co-chaired the Yale Philanthropy Conference, and co-founded & Society - a weekly discussion forum for social justice topics not covered by the core curriculum. It's an honor and privilege to now have the opportunity to serve as INW's inaugural Executive Director, particularly at a time of a renewed national reckoning around racial justice. I look forward to and warmly welcome your feedback and suggestions to ensure that we are doing our part in truly cultivating an IDEAS-centered world for all.
Desi Carson (She/Her) - IDEAS Development Partner
There is no “DESI” without “DEI”. Growing up across 10 different states, I found consistency in volunteerism such as food drives, shelters, teaching sports skills to children with special needs, anonymous suicide hotlines, and more. As a queer woman of color, I repurpose my vastly diverse life expertise by specializing in intersectional advocacy. After graduating from the University of Virginia in 2014, I’ve spent my “main” career running inclusive recreational programs at UVA, Valdosta State University, and adult sports on a national level at ZogSports. At each institution, I introduced adaptive sports as well as created grassroots DEI initiatives leading to long-standing internal changes. I’ve been featured in publications concerning national sales strategy and LGBTQIA+ representation within the sports world. I’ve also volunteered for the past five years as a Venue Director for the Special Olympics of Georgia. In 2019, I became a research assistant for the Head of Psychology at the University of DC, Dr. Afiya Mbilishaka. After conducting extensive research and producing several manuscripts, I shifted my role to become the Business Development Manager for her organization, PsychoHairapy. We utilize hair care as an entry point for self care and equitable mental health access for POCs. I am also the IDEAS Development Partner for INW and am responsible for facilitation, content creation, research implementation, and social engagement. When I’m not working, you’ll find me either traveling with my partner or playing with my adorable pets.
Sage Drennon (They/He/She) - IDEAS Strategist
Using authenticity as a driving force for experiencing life, Sage (they/he/she) has spent most of their life feeling curious about the world around them. Their curiosity has long been a part of their core approach to navigating IDEAS spaces. Born and raised in Japan until he was 11 then moving to America - Sage has spent a majority of her life actively questioning the systems, structures and institutions around them. Their passion for knowledge and learning lead them to study Secondary Education with a focus in Social Studies at the University of North Florida. After recognizing the deep inequities that perpetuate within education systems, Sage started on their path into the nonprofit industry - working to better align student centered needs with institutions. Sage has held multiple roles in which genesis of the role or programming for the organization was required. Sage started her journey with the Northeast Florida Healthy Start Coalition providing case management services to Fathers. Then moving onto Seneca Family of Agencies being tasked with ever evolving and changing responsibilities focused on developing people, managing projects and direct services to students. In 2017, Sage began their Master’s course work at Seattle University where they also became the Executive Coordinator for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. While in this role, Sage provided executive level support to the VP of Diversity & Inclusion along with department-wide oversight of programming, budget management, relationship management and strategy development and implementation. In addition to their course work and full time job, Sage was the Co-Chair of the Arts & Sciences Graduate Council, a Red Talk Student Speaker and a member of the Strategic Planning Committee for the College of Arts & Sciences. After graduating in 2019 with their Master’s in Nonprofit Leadership with a focus in Diversity and Inclusion, they went on to work for College Forward as the DEI Manager. Sage's work was focused around organization-wide diversity initiatives along with creating, implementing and evaluating DEI strategy for the organization. They focused on integrating DEI components into all aspects of the organization, ensuring that a DEI lens was used when making decisions, building curriculum and embedded into the ethos of College Forward. Sage also holds a DEI Leaders Certification from Northwestern University. Outside of work, Sage can be found playing with his yorkie-poodle Piper, reading, writing poetry, playing guitar or cooking Japanese food.
Ymani Hawkins (She/Her) - IDEAS Program Manager
“Mental wellness is the linchpin of IDEAS work. Without it, there can be no individual growth, organizational change, or true systemic evolution.” - Ymani Hawkins. Ymani Hawkins is a diversity and mental wellness coach who marries mental wellness techniques, psychological principles, and evidenced based therapies with DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) best practices. As founder of the consultancy, DEEP-ish, Ymani addresses implicit bias, microaggressions, racial trauma, racial battle fatigue, and psychological unsafety via self-care awareness, emotional intelligence strategies, and mindfulness techniques. Ymani’s insights have been shared with business, arts, and media sectors as well as religious institutions and nonprofits. Past clients include Meetup, Unqork, New York University, The New Jersey Theatre Alliance, Horizon Media, IMANEE, and The Living Church. Previously, Ymani served as a diversity consultant for Holistic Inclusion Consulting and The Equity Leadership Group, delivering talks, training and coaching for primary educational systems and environmental agencies. Prior to that, she worked as a psychotherapist specializing in cognitive behavioral therapy. In this role, she has treated patients of all ages with anxiety disorders, depression, and other cognitive and behavioral diagnoses. She has also delivered outpatient treatment services to adults experiencing severe mental illness such as dissociative disorders, psychosis, schizoaffective disorders, and schizophrenia. Ymani holds a Master of Social Work (MSW) from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University (NYU); a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Interpersonal Communication Studies from Kean University; has performed ethnographic research in Siargao, Philippines, and studied Communications in Athens, Greece. She possesses certifications in cultural awareness, suicide prevention, crisis response, applied suicide intervention, and mental health first aid. Among her achievements and activities, she is the immediate past co-president of NYU’s Black Women’s Social Work Coalition (BWSWC), founding co-president of the Silver Black Alumni Network (SBAN), and a member of the Society of Emotional Intelligence (SoEI) International. Ymani endeavors to use her unique perspective of the world to drive sustainable change in the mental wellness and DEI space.