Everybody’s Business: Strengthening Engagement, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in Great Lakes ENGOs is an ambitious, bi-national collaboration that will help leading environmental organizations better reflect the communities they serve and move them from good intentions to real change.

The initiative will have two tracks:

  • A bi-national DEI Learning Network composed of multiday diversity trainings for board/staff organizational teams; and,
  • A project each organization undertakes that involves establishing and developing a serious working relationship with an NGO or community that reflects the full diversity of the audience that ENGOs need to embrace.

Everybody’s Business is a collaboration with the DC-based Institute for Conservation Leadership. The training sessions will be led by Shakil Chouhury of Anima Leadership and Heather Berthoud of Berthoud Consulting, an ICL Associate. The first cohort will be comprised of approximately ten Great Lakes ENGOs. A number of leading Canadian ENGOs have expressed interest in participating including Environmental Defence, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Bay Area Restoration Council, Freshwater Future and EcoSuperior.

An initial gathering was held on Stoney Lake just north of Peterborough, Ontario in November 2017 when 38 environmental leaders from the two countries convened for two days to work on DEI. We are planning to hold another gathering outside Chicago in October 2018.