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Liberated Gatekeeping for White Women

Liberated Gatekeeping for White Women

Dec 13th Thursday 9-3:30pm

You have experience, expertise and great skills, and you’ve worked hard to get to where you’re at. You have an analysis of power and privilege, and are trying to figure out how to do your work within this awareness. Holding the nuances of sexism, internalized sexism, accountability, allyship and intersectionality can be challenging and confusing.

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. In this workshop, we will work from the crossroads of white privilege/supremacy, internalized sexism and patriarchy. There is a tension here that we must notice, 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.

In this workshop, we will strengthen our service to racial equity and community liberation. Each session will focus on a specific topic with readings, break out groups and whole group time. Questions we will cover include: 

  • How do you balance the expectations of your organization or institution, including its cultural norms and pressure from decision-makers like the board or electeds, and be accountable for your gatekeeping status?

  • What do accountability and allyship look like with people of color who you manage or supervise?

  • How can we interrupt the ways that our internalized sexism colludes with our conditioning toward “white solidarity,” our tacit enabling of white control and comfort at the expense of people of color?

  • How can we unpack notions of success in a white male world in order to inhabit our wholeness as white women in relationship with women of color and as models for other white women?


**Informed and inspired by the work of The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and Monica Dennis and Rachael Ibrahim, Move to End Violence Initiative. With deep gratitude and acknowledgement.

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: Keonna Jackson, Natasha Marin, Regent Brown, Jabali Stewart, Aparna Rae, and Katie Mooney.  There has been a specific ask for white women to get coaching around their management and this series is a response to that need.

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 People's Institute.

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