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Habits and Practices of White Women Gatekeepers

  • 2100 24th Avenue South Seattle, WA, 98144 United States (map)

Habits and Practices of White Women Gatekeepers

May 28TH 9:30AM-4:00PM

Location: 2100 Building 

(Image credit Janna Yashchuk). UPDATE: This one will have ASL interpretation for the day.

White women we are being called forward right now, we have a huge influence on the local and national landscape. Professionally, in the United States, white women comprise over 80% of employees in nonprofits of all kinds, as well as in education and nursing. As the dominant group in these and other service-oriented professions, we have a responsibility to be accountable for our racial privilege and its impacts. 

We will work focus on our professional engagement while at the crossroads of white privilege/supremacy, internalized sexism and patriarchy. There is a tension here that we must name, feel and understand. As white people who are targeted by sexism, we get to look at the potential we have yet to step into where gender and race overlap. We must also be responsible and accountable for both our racial privilege and for undoing our internalized sexism. 

Topics we will cover include are all are grounded in a professional context in service to racial equity at our workplaces:

  • Identify the connection between our leadership role and our liberated gatekeeping potential 

  • Engage in open sharing about professional mistakes and harm we and our organizations/companies have caused with a focus on amends and changed action moving forward

  • Commit to actions that will move money to move power, uplift colleague of color and reach for other white colleagues

  • Based on feedback and requests from women of color colleagues and friends, this training will explore how to ground into our personal power and share power more gracefully in anti-racism and liberation strategies.


Our colleagues of color have asked us to host this training, their perspective informs the content and we are in regular communication with them to apply feedback.

The main ways I am trying to be accountable as a white person is doing racial justice work in relationship with people of color that I am collaborating or facilitating with specifically women of color: Natasha Marin, Andrea Lising Paul, and Aparna Rae.  There has been a specific ask for white women to get coaching around their management and this series is a response to that need.

I lead a lot of white caucus work while being accountable to our colleagues of color. I just moderated 3 panels on intersectional feminism for the Day of Action this past Sunday centering WOC voices.

Organizations that I work with or support that are led by POC are Wayfind Legal, Nonprofit Assistance Center, Resource Generation, Social Justice Fund, Justlead and Rainer Valley Corps.

White groups/colleagues that I go to or lead are European Dissent, Nonprofit Anti-Racist Coalition and anti-racist white women for equity. I make mistakes often, I make amends imperfectly, and I am committed to living in integrity and in connection. 

Donations will be made to Real Rent Duwamish and One America.

Refund policy:

No refund are given after registration. If there is another series, people can transfer to that one if they can no longer attend this one.


Fleur Larsen started facilitating 20 years ago on challenge course programs with youth and adults. Her style is based on sharp analysis, flexible thinking, joy, and purposeful results. Her work is relationship-based with connection, collaboration, and community as integral elements to reach goals. Currently, she works with several corporate and nonprofit groups facilitating retreats, trainings and workshops in addition to one on one coaching.

Fleurs work as a Seattle-based facilitator is focused on equity, social justice, diversity and inclusion, team building, emotional intelligence, experiential education and community development.

Michelle Gislason

My purpose and passion: Walking with individuals and organizations as they become who they say they most want to be. 

My stance on leadership: Unlike the traditional, solo, heroic leader model, leadership is a process, not a title. Therefore, it can live anywhere in an organization, a community, or in a movement. Leadership at its best is about working with others to fully realize an organizational or community agenda and to mobilize to tackle adaptive challenges. 

My primary approaches:
• Coaching and appreciative inquiry
• Relationship building and finding common ground
• Storytelling and honoring multiple narratives
• Leveraging strengths
• Frameworks and common language
• Strategic design thinking and using liberating structures
• Margin to center and power analysis

Earlier Event: January 24
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Later Event: September 10
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