Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategic Networking and Planning Circle

The Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Networking and Strategic Planning Circle provides practical and customized solutions to some of the challenges faced by mission-driven organizations as they diagnose, design, develop, and implement internal and external DEI policies and best practices.

Moreover, it aims to connect and build a network of DEI leaders in the Inland Empireregion who will support each other moving forward and act as a trusted resource and go-toexperts on this topic in the region.


Focus on aspects such as race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, nationality, socioeconomic status, language, (dis)ability, age, religious commitment, or political perspective, while prioritizing populations underrepresented and marginalized in the broader society.


Focus on justice, impartiality and fairness within the procedures, processes, and distribution of resources in relation with institutions or systems.


Focus on participation in decision-making processes and access to opportunitieswithin organizational settings for everyone.

Circle Details


  • up to 8 participants responsible for DEI work within mission-driven organizations


  • Five two-hour sessions (10 hours) over the course of 5 months
  • Discussion and presentations on various topics
  • Case studies and curated content
  • Resources


April, May, June, July and August – dates to be determined 


The cost of the program is $1,900. A limited number of partial tuition waivers is available thanks to the generous support of the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund.

Focus and priorities

DEI and Workforce and Employment

DEI and Workplace

DEI and Marketplace

DEI and Communications

DEI And Community And Network Building

DEI and organizational Leadership

meet some of Instructors

Rajiv Desai

Expertise: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion / Strategic planning

Taharima Habib

Expertise: Board engagement and development / Diversity, equity and inclusion / Community engagement

Frequently asked questions

Participants must be able to attend all five sessions. The program is highly interactive and requires the attendance and participation of all members to achieve the best outcomes for all. 

Registering through the website is all that is required. We will follow-up with further instructions and details as the start of the program approaches.

The cost of the program is $900 down from its original price of $1900 thanks to the generous support of the Wells Fargo Open for Business Fund. 

get involved

join us and advance your organization's Commitment to Advancing dEI Values and best practices

Rajiv Desai

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).

Taharima Habibi

Taharima is a multidisciplinary community builder and organizer, specializing in facilitation and training design in nonprofit and charity organizations. Born in Bangladesh, she came to Canada at the age of 3 with her family and calls Montreal her home. 

Taharima has a Masters degree in Microbiology and Infectiology from the University of Sherbrooke, where she studied the functions of HIV. After falling in love with the communications and public facing aspect of her academic work, she left research to pursue a career in the community and non-profit sector across Montreal, in grassroots and national organizations.

Taharima has built and sustained relationships in the Montreal communities where she has done consulting work for board of directors and executive staff. Today, Taharima is working with junior and senior staff members in mission-driven organizations across Canada, helping them with professional development, and with board directors as a consultant in Culture and Capacity building.

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