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IDEAS Roundtables Program

The IDEAS Roundtables Program is designed to provide a dynamic and structured space for Next-Gen IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Social Justice) leaders to come together, thoughtfully process challenges and opportunities, and support one another. These groups:

  • Are facilitated by INW facilitators to ensure productive dialog

  • Are specially curated to make interactions personal, intimate, psychologically safe, and valuable

  • Meet virtually every other week for two hour-sessions

  • Will run from January-June and July-December in 2021

  • Have had massively successful results - see the video reviews below!

This Fall Roundtables session will be massively different in that we will have TWO concurrent Roundtables Programs! This means more capacity (we maxed out last semester) and also more specific content that had been requested by past participants. You spoke, and we listened!


If you have never participated in a Roundtables Cohort before, we recommend the 1.0 version. If you have participated before OR have a long tenure in DEI work, we recommend the 2.0 version. BOTH versions will include practice workshopping IDEAS issues as well as a Hack-a-thon with a mission-based client organization at the end.


Roundtables 1.0 will include learning about each component of the IDEAS Framework and how it relates to the overall work along with the normal general discussions around IDEAS-related topics.


Roundtables 2.0, in addition to the above Framework review, will dive deeper into the themes and applications of IDEAS along with trainings on Power, Warmth and Competency, Subtle Acts of Exclusion, and more!

Program Launch: Monday, July 26th from 12-2pm Eastern, 9-11am Pacific

Fall Cohort First Sessions: Week of Monday, August 9th

All meeting days and times starting the week of August 9th to be determined based on participant availability provided by the participant in the application.

Program Cost: $200* 

*Scholarships & sliding scale pricing available to ensure financial Access

Application Due Date: Friday, July 2nd 


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Our Roundtables Program is intended to simultaneously build a community of practice and support during these unprecedented times and provide a space for collaboration to collectively advance social change grounded in IDEAS by:

  • Fostering connection and community so that practitioners who are otherwise isolated in their day-to-day work have a support network and place to recharge emotionally with professional and generational peers

  • Creating opportunities to generate insights about how to utilize these times of social distancing as turning points for new possibilities in workplaces and communities

  • Providing space for sharing/exchanging your work with peers to elevate new voices and perspectives in the IDEAS field

  • Workshopping real-world challenges with the group for feedback and input, and in so doing, to co-create innovative ideas and approaches

  • Culminating in ‘IDEAS hack-a-thons’ wherein next-gen led organizations present cohort members with timely IDEAS-challenges as mini-case competitions to apply learnings while driving social impact


  • A dynamic network of IDEAS champions and practitioners to provide professional development and support

  • Real-time, online collaboration spaces to continue conversations and share resources between sessions

  • Entry points to ongoing communities of practice with other IDEAS champions and practitioners beyond the program

  •  Access to senior leaders in the IDEAS space, who will participate as guest speakers during Roundtable sessions

  • Opportunities to elevate your voice and work through writing blog posts or articles that INW will promote