Webinar: DEI for All – Solutions for Small and Medium Nonprofits

Date: November 19th, 2021

Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM PST

Location: Virtual

This webinar is a partnership with Walden Family Services as part of our joint collaboration to support Inland Empire-based mission-driven organizations strengthening their commitment to DEI.

While it seems like everyone and every organization is talking about diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), it also seems like all the “tried and tested” solutions are designed for larger organizations, costing millions of dollars and staffed by large teams, ironically with few incremental gains. 

But what should smaller organizations do? How can they initiate their DEI journey with restricted resources? Are there any low-hanging DEI fruit for these organizations? What’s the best way to organize efforts that are sustainable and in line with values and mission? 

This webinar will focus on: 

  • The current DEI landscape; 
  • Taking a holistic, 360-approach; 
  • Focusing on people, but also process;
  • Accountability; 
  • Being resourceful and learning from others.


Rajiv Desai (He/Him) is a leader in the DEI space. He takes a global and enterprise-wide approach to DEI, focusing not only on HR, but the business as well, and canvasses his efforts from internal focus to external clients and communities. He has a particular interest and passion in getting smaller and more nascent organizations get started on the DEI journey. 

He is the founder of Chrysalis LLC in October 2020 striving to help small and medium-sized enterprises (both for and non-profit) initiate their diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) journey in an incremental, sustainable and thoughtful manner. Previously, he served as the first ever Vice President for DEI and Responsibility at Gartner, an Executive Advisor with CEB’s Financial Services and FedEx. Rajiv holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (Finance & Marketing) from the University of Pittsburgh. He also completed a certificate course in Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Management from Georgetown University in 2017 and an Executive Education certificate in Inclusive Leadership from University of British Columbia’s Sauder School of Business. Rajiv is fluent in Spanish, Hindi, Bengali and Gujarati.

Since March 2020, he serves as the Board Chair for ORAM (Organization for Refuge, Asylum & Migration).

For 45 years, Walden Family Services has pioneered specialized foster care, adoption, and youth services, supporting children, youth and families throughout SouthernCalifornia. Walden Family Services is an anti-racist, welcoming & affirmingto all environment and a Human Rights Campaign affiliated organization.

This program was made possible in part by the generous support provided by the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund. Caravanserai Project is the recipient of a Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund award aiming to provide programs and services that support small business viability through growth, expansion, innovation, and increased productivity. Read more about this award.

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