Advancing Equity in Collective Impact

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Workshop Date: Wednesday, May 31. 1pm – 4:30pm ET (US & Canada)

Coaching Hour and Small Group Peer Discussions: Thursday, June 1. 1pm – 2:30pm ET (US & Canada)


Equity is core to achieving collective impact, but how do participants and leaders center equity in the structures, processes, strategies and results of an initiative’s work?

The Advancing Equity in Collective Impact workshop covers the key building blocks for equity-focused work. We will explore five equity strategies, practices, and tools for integrating equity into collective impact initiatives. The session will also share resources including organizational equity assessments, equity impact analysis, and targeted universalism.

The workshop is split into two parts: a half-day workshop on May 31 and a 90-minute session where participants can engage with faculty in further Q & A and peer discussion on June 1.

Who is this workshop designed for? This workshop is designed for participants who already have an understanding of the key foundations of collective impact, but are newer to doing the work of embedding equity into their collaborative work.

Lead Faculty: Courtney W. Robertson, Director of Programs and Partnerships, Collective Impact Forum; Junious Williams, Senior Advisor, Collective Impact Forum

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Registration Details

To Register: Visit our registration site.

Workshop Rates: Individual registration is $175.

Group Rates: Please contact Christopher Pulido at to access this discount.

  • For 10 or more people interested in registering for the workshop, there is a 10% discount
  • For 20 or more people, there is a 20% discount
  • For 30 or more people, there is a 25% discount

Scholarships: A limited number of reduced-price registration scholarships are available for this workshop. This scholarship reduces registration from $175 to $50. To apply for a reduced-price scholarship, please fill out this form by Friday, May 12. Awardees will be notified if they are selected for a scholarship by Monday, May 15.

Cancellations and Refunds: Refunds are available, minus a 10% processing fee, as long as registrants contact us in writing ahead of the cancellation deadline. Please see our FAQ below for cancellation deadlines.

Workshop Speakers

Courtney W. Robertson serves as the Director of Programs and Partnerships at the Collective Impact Forum where he is responsible for the design, implementation, and management of programming that supports individuals, backbones and communities engaging in collective impact work. Courtney has a decade of experience in the nonprofit sector including work in adult learning, coaching, facilitation, training design and implementation, and project management. His professional experience has focused on building the capacity of direct service organizations to engage in collaborative and collective impact work by focusing on access to and use of data to inform practice and navigating organizational change by addressing adaptive and technical challenges. Prior to his role with the Collective Impact Forum, Courtney spent seven years at the education nonprofit Seeding Success, based in Memphis, TN, most recently serving as the Director of Operations supporting staff by focusing on internal culture and climate; identifying, managing, and standardizing systems to improve workflows; and partnership management. He also led the organization’s DEI efforts and supported training development and delivery in Results-Based Facilitation, Data Use for Continuous Improvement, Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, and Understanding Boundaries of Authority, Role, & Task. He also held roles as a Network Facilitator and Manager for School Improvement at Seeding Success, managing a team of Data Analysts working with 15 secondary schools in Memphis-Shelby County Schools to more effectively leverage data to drive interventions, practices, and policies to improve chronic absenteeism and behavior.

Junious Williams is Senior Advisor at the Collective Impact Forum and the principal of Junious Williams Consulting Inc. (JWC), a firm specializing in research, policy analysis, collaboration facilitation, program development, and assessment focused on increasing equity and social justice. He has worked extensively over the past 25 years on a variety of multi-stakeholder, multi-sector collaborations and collective impact initiatives providing guidance and support in design, implementation, facilitation, management, and program improvement for initiatives spanning issues from full-service community schools to cradle-to-career pathways; from opportunity youth education and employment to improving outcomes for boys and men of color. He holds a Juris Doctorate in law and a Bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of Michigan, where he also pursued graduate studies in education administration. From 1998 through 2016, Mr. Williams served as president and CEO of Urban Strategies Council, a social justice impact organization in Oakland, California.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register for this workshop? Visit our registration site to join this session.

Is this workshop in-person or online? This is an online workshop. We will be using Zoom Meeting for this session.

What timezone is the workshop held in? The workshop is held in Eastern Time (US & Canada.)

What will the May 31 workshop entail? This 3.5 hour workshop on May 31 will include a mix of presentation, Q&A, and small breakout group discussions with attendees. There will be a short break planned during the workshop.

What does the June 1 Peer Discussion and Coaching session entail? This 90 minute session on June 1 will be a mix of small group (breakout) discussions related to the workshop content the day before as well as more time to ask questions from workshop faculty.

Will the workshop be recorded? The workshop presentation and full group Q&A on May 31 and the full group Q&A time on June 1 will be recorded and shared after the workshop with those who registered. Small group breakout discussions of both workshop sessions will not be recorded. Recordings will be shared within one week of the workshop. Recordings are available for three months after the workshop.

Should I attend if I joined a previous session of Advancing Equity in Collective Impact workshop? This workshop will be similar to past ones we held on this topic. If you have attended this session in the past, or attended our Champions for Change backbone workshop, we would recommend this session if you are looking for a refresher of that content, or as a new learning opportunity for your teammates or partners. If you are not looking for a refresher, but for a completely new learning experience, we recommend exploring our other workshops.

What accessibility practices will this workshop be using? We will have Zoom auto-captions on for this workshop and office hour. In the days ahead of the workshop, we will send out copies of any workshop presentations or handouts. After the workshop, we will share recordings of the workshop presentation, participant Q&A, and faculty office hour. Please contact Christopher Pulido at if you have other access needs not addressed above.

Can my whole team sign-up with one registration? No. Each person will require their own registration as this is an active workshop where attendees will be broken up into small groups throughout the workshop time to discuss learning questions during the session.

How do I cancel my registration and request a refund? All cancellation requests must be submitted in writing. Registered participants who decide to cancel their participation will receive a refund of their registration fee minus a 10% processing fee. The 10% fee covers non-recoupable administrative and credit card processing expenses associated with registration and event preparation. All refund requests should be emailed to We are unable to process refunds after the refund deadlines detailed below.

Refund Cancellation Deadline

Workshop Refund Deadline: If you registered for the workshop “Advancing Equity in Collective Impact,” the deadline for cancellations and refunds is Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

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