Leading Consciously: Unconscious Bias and Your Leadership in Fundraising


Program Description:
As fundraisers, we regularly interact with diverse individuals with diverse points of view. While we seek to treat our donors, volunteers, colleagues, and clients with dignity and respect, unconscious bias can impact how we interact with those around us. Join us as Stephanie McLemore Bray, American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow and President and CEO of United Way California Capital Region presents a primer on why bias should matter to fundraisers, how bias impacts structures and how it limits decision-making and innovation in organizations.

This presentation will include a definition of unconscious bias, the brain science behind it, and a discussion of de-biasing opportunities for leaders and fundraisers.

Stephanie R. McLemore Bray, President and CEO
United Way California Capital Region

Stephanie has nearly 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector, having served local, regional and national organizations and institutions. Her areas of expertise include fundraising, volunteer management and program development. She is currently the President and CEO of United Way California Capital Region. Under her leadership, United Way launched the Square One Project, a 20+ year effort to break the cycle of generational poverty through education, with a focus on ensuring that children in Title I schools graduate from high school college or career ready.

Prior to her work at the United Way, she served as Executive Director of the San Francisco General Hospital Foundation. Stephanie also served as Assistant Dean for Health Sciences Advancement at UC Davis Health System, overseeing fundraising for the School of Medicine, the Medical Center, the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing and several other centers of medical excellence on the UC Davis Sacramento campus. Her career experience includes executive positions with the American Cancer Society, UNCF/The College Fund, Learning Ally, and the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.

Stephanie is a graduate of Douglass College, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and was a participant in Harvard Business School’s Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in July, 2012. She currently serves on the Align Capital Region Board of Directors, Valley Vison Board of Directors, American Leadership Forum Mountain Valley Chapter Board of Directors, co-chairs the Healthy Sacramento Coalition Steering Committee, and is an American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow. Stephanie is also a facilitator and trainer on implicit bias through Leading Consciously, an initiative of the American Leadership Forum Mountain Valley Chapter.

She is a sought after speaker on various topics, including non-profit management, fundraising, volunteerism, leadership, and how to engage the non-profit, for-profit and public sectors to transform communities. She is also Founder of Black Women Write, an organization committed to uplifting and supporting black women writers on the path to publication.

Program Agenda:
Registration and Networking: 11:30AM
Luncheon Presentation: 12:00PM – 1:30PM

Please note if you preregister by February 18 the fees to attend are:
o Members - $25
o Regular - $40

Walk-ins are welcome but please note the cost at the door:
o Members - $35
o Regular - $50

Prepayment & Refund Policy:
AFPCCC hereby establishes the policy that attendance will be paid in advance by credit card. For members and attendees who want to pay by check, checks will need to be received one week before the event in order for them to be considered registered.

Please send checks to: AFPCCC, PO Box 215433, Sacramento, CA 95821.

You may cancel your registration and receive a partial refund minus a $5 processing fee by 5pm, Monday, February 18.

If you find you can not make it after the 48 hour cancellation, your registration can be used by another person but must pay the difference if applicable.


  • When

  • Wednesday, February 20, 2019
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

  • Where

  • Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
    3333 3rd Avenue
    Community Room
    Sacramento, California 95817
    (916) 456-1980

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