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BIPOC Leader Lab

 

A Year-long Roadmap for Leaders of Color


APPLY NOW FOR 2025

  • Are you tired of continually being underestimated in your leadership role?
  • Do you yearn for the freedom to be “yourself” in your work?
  • Do you want to more easefully guide change within white dominant systems?
  • Do you crave engagement with like-minded peers who understand the challenges you face?

In this moment, BIPOC leadership is desperately needed. In order to address urgent issues and transform our systems to survive the twenty-first century we need more diverse viewpoints at the table, yet too often BIPOC leaders are put in the position of stewarding crucial initiatives with inadequate resources, skill training or support.

The BIPOC Leader Lab is a bespoke coaching cohort which leverages the power of collaborative learning to help participants solidify concepts, share strategies and develop practical skills. 

This program is designed to uphold and uplift racialized leaders in management to executive-level roles, who are looking to be more sustainable and impactful in their work. By integrating leadership development,  group coaching and peer learning principles, the BIPOC Leader Lab supports leaders in shepherding change against the current with frameworks, resources, guidance and community.  You will learn how to stay energized, strategic and impactful in your leadership role. 

You will develop:
  • An understanding of the history and context of institutional leadership for racialized people;
  • A grounding in your own distinct purpose, leadership style, baggage and vision to aid you in moving forward; 
  • Communication strategies to influence, consult, manage and engage others from small to large initiatives;
  • Application and feedback on embodied, empowered and impactful leadership choices;
  • A community of practice with other racialized leaders across sectors to share, uphold and support.

Program includes:

  • Ten Monthly virtual teaching and coaching sessions (Jan. to Dec. minus July/Aug);
  • Customized monthly readings and reflection questions;
  • Opportunities for one-on-one coaching feedback;
  • Access to a racialized leadership community of practice.



Session Dates & Topics

  • Wednesday, January 29th – The Context of Being Racialized in a Leadership Role
  • Wednesday, February 26th – Micro-Exclusions: Even if it’s Invisible it still Hurts
  • Wednesday, March 26th – Anchoring in Purpose, Inhabiting Power in White-Led Institutions
  • Wednesday, April 23rd – Identifying the Right Role and Curating our Energy
  • Wednesday, May 28th – Framing the Message so our Voice is Heard 
  • Wednesday, June 25th – Feedback and the Art of the Brave Conversation
  • Wednesday, September 24th – Self-Regulation, Triggers and Staying in our Window of Tolerance
  • Wednesday, October 29th – Avoiding Imposter Syndrome, Amplifying Bright Spots and Finding Joy in the Work
  • Wednesday, November 26th – Power Literacy: Reconciling Racial Inequity with Positional Power
  • Wednesday, December 17th – Harvesting Learning and Next Steps Forward

Details

Fee: $1,000 USD
Sessions: Monthly 90 minute online webinars (including support resources)
Times:  Wednesdays, 12 pm – 1:30pm EST

Led by:
Annahid Dashtgard, CEO and Co-founder 

Reserve your spot for the next session! Applications for our 2025 cohort are now open.

Looking for more options to build your equity literacy? Browse courses and coaching from Anima Leadership.

*This course is limited to those who hold leadership and/ or management positions in their organizations, and is open to Black, Brown, mixed-race and Indigenous folks. Subsidized spots are available to support Indigenous leaders—please indicate your interest in your application. We recognize and honour the complexity of inters*This course is limited to those who hold leadership and/ or management positions in their organizations, and is open to Black, Brown, mixed-race and Indigenous folks. Subsidized spots are available to support Indigenous leaders—please indicate your interest in your application. We recognize and honour the complexity of intersectional identities.ectional identities.


Testimonials

“It is rare to have the opportunity to be in spaces where others understand the unique challenges of BIPOC leaders, and I have treasured this experience. Annahid leads with both heart and deep expertise of strategic and organizational change. I have already recommended this program to many colleagues.”
~Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Executive Director, David Suzuki Foundation

“The BIPOC Leaders Lab is great for anyone who wants to learn a combination of management, leadership, and personal power frameworks! Annahid and her team are empathetic, good facilitators, incredibly knowledgeable, and well resourced.”

~ Saroo Sharda, Physician and Medical Educator

“This BIPOC Leader Lab showed up at the right time for me. The realities of sitting in middle or senior leadership positions is significantly different for those of us from historically marginalized communities. It has been so beneficial to push self-reflection to a deeper level, to validate thoughts and feelings and to receive beneficial feedback and strategies on how to move forward.”
~Farrell Hall, Chief Inclusion and People Officer, 9 Story Media Group

“This is the first time in my career when there was a communication shorthand with a group of other racialized professionals. As I unpacked my feelings with the group, my BIPOC leadership cohort understood immediately.  I deeply looked forward to my week dose of solace with this group.”
~Participant in BIPOC Leader Lab

 

It’s been soul affirming to be in the BIPOC leader lab.  I found the opportunity to witness and be witnessed by such inspiring peers to be profound.  The readings and discussions have been powerful guides for us to hone in on specific challenges and affirmations to pay attention to, as leaders, and as leaders who are POC.

Severn Cullis-Suzuki, Executive Director, David Suzuki Foundation

It is rare to have the opportunity to be in spaces where others understand the unique challenges of BIPOC leaders, and I have treasured this experience. Annahid leads with both heart and deep expertise of strategic and organizational change. I have already recommended this program to many colleagues.

Saroo Sharda, Physician and Medical Educator

This BIPOC Leader Lab showed up at the right time for me. The realities of sitting in middle or senior leadership positions is significantly different for those of us from historically marginalized communities. It has been so beneficial to push self-reflection to a deeper level, to validate thoughts and feelings and to receive beneficial feedback and strategies on how to move forward.

Farrell Hall, Chief Inclusion and People Officer, 9 Story Media Group

This is the first time in my career when there was a communication shorthand with a group of other racialized professionals. As I unpacked my feelings with the group, my BIPOC leadership cohort understood immediately.  I deeply looked forward to my week dose of solace with this group.

L. Garrioch, Equity Lead, Waterloo Catholic District School Board

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