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  • Writer's pictureShanta Hogan- Walker

"Breaking the Isolation: Creating Spaces for Women of Color in Nonprofit Leadership"

As a Chicago urban woman philanthropist and founder of Cora's Helping Hands Illinois Non-profit organization, I know firsthand how difficult it can be for women in leadership positions to connect. This is especially true for black women leaders in the non-profit space. During Women's History Month, it's essential to recognize the challenges faced by women in leadership and the importance of creating spaces for them to connect and share their experiences.


Cora's Helping Hands, an Illinois Non-profit organization, was founded to help individuals and families in need in our local community. Our mission is to provide resources and support to those struggling with poverty, homelessness, and other issues. We believe everyone deserves access to necessities such as food, shelter, and healthcare, and we work tirelessly to make this a reality.


But running a non-profit organization is no easy task, and being a black woman leader in this space comes with its own unique set of challenges. One of the most significant issues is the lack of representation and support. Women of color make up a small percentage of non-profit leaders, and it can be difficult to find peers who understand our challenges. This is why it's essential to create spaces for women in leadership to connect and share their experiences.


At Cora's Helping Hands, we have made it a priority to connect with other non-profit organizations led by women of color. We attend networking events, participate in online communities, and collaborate with other organizations whenever possible. These connections have been invaluable, as we have been able to learn from the experiences of others and share our insights.


However, we have also noticed that many women in leadership positions struggle to find these connections. It's not uncommon for black women leaders to feel isolated and unsupported in their roles. This is why we are committed to creating more spaces for women in leadership to come together and share their experiences.


One way we are doing this is by hosting events specifically for black women leaders in the non-profit space. These events are designed to be a safe space where women can connect, share their experiences, and support one another. We have found that these events are incredibly valuable, as they allow us to build relationships with other women who understand the unique challenges we face.


We also believe that it's essential to support the next generation of women leaders. This is why we are looking into starting mentorship programs for young women and internships for those interested in pursuing careers in the non-profit sector. By providing support and guidance to these young women, we hope to create a more diverse and inclusive non-profit community.


In conclusion, women in leadership positions face a unique set of challenges, especially black women leaders in the non-profit space. During Women's History Month, it's essential to recognize these challenges and work towards creating more spaces for women to connect and share their experiences. At Cora's Helping Hands Illinois Non-profit organization, we are committed to supporting women in leadership and creating a more inclusive non-profit community.






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