International Anti-Racism Institutional Wireframe Cohort (ARC)

Without exception, racial equity is a priority at The Forbes Funds. Our Anti-Racism Cohorts (ARC) Framework considers an institutional and community-level opportunity to be part of the solution: a society that is equitable from the individual up to the systems level.

A whole person ecosystems application

The Forbes Funds, with our partners: The University of Pittsburgh, The Department of the Future, and The Heinz Endowments is delighted to announce the inaugural class of the Anti-Racism Cohort (ARC). ARC is a year-long learning cohort that builds on the best practices of diversity, equity, and inclusion training and optimizes these core practices into human-centered design exercises that aid in systemically shifting organizational cultures.

The Forbes Funds is underpinned by a brain trust of thought leaders, policy professionals, and institutions worldwide. These efforts require and are bolstered by core partners who nourish our work with their intellectual contributions.

Deepened understanding catalyzes personal and professional growth, allowing us to build a platform across sectors that promotes just practice and anti-racist accountability and action. Our Anti-Racism Cohorts engage organizations in transformative skill-building and development toward a collective mission and united front against inequity and injustice.

Embark on a holistic practice of incorporating the intrapersonal to the societal and on to institutional in a multidirectional manner.

Founding Executive Cohort Participants will commit to a year-long curriculum:

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Online Anti-Racism Training

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Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI)

Organizational Cultural Diversity Training

Essentials for Success

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Strategic Collaboration

ARC Cohort Signature Projects/Final Project

Monthly Case Study Consultation

Frequently Asked Questions

Please get in touch with Kellie should you have any additional questions.

When will classes take place?

Sessions will be held every other Tuesday from 9-11 am EST beginning February 23. If class size demands, we will add another session to accommodate a larger number of participants.

Will all sessions be conducted virtually?

We are currently planning to hold all instructional sessions virtually. Some of the immersive learning experiences will be held in person, in accordance with applicable COVID-19 restrictions. If feasible, an end of cohort celebration will be held in person in December.

How many hours will I need to dedicate to participating in ARC?

3 hours per month will be spent in class sessions (90 minutes biweekly), approximately 1-2 hours should be expected to be spent between sessions completing reading and other assignments, participation is expected in ½ of the monthly case consultation meetings (for a total of 5), there will be monthly cohort experiences (dinners, immersive cultural experiences), and the cohort will complete a special project (expectations to be determined by participants) for a total of approximately 10 hours per month.

Participants who elect to serve as part of the cohort’s Executive Team will have additional time commitments beyond what has been outlined here.

What are the benefits?
  • Anti-Racism Training Certification from The University of Pittsburgh, School of Education
  • Organizational ARC Digital Badge from The Forbes Funds
  • Access to Research & Publications channels via The Tropman Report
  • Creative, interactive anti-racism training that includes cultural diversity training
  • Global connection to the Department of the Future
What are the anticipated outcomes?
  • Organizational access to cultivated emergent POC (people of color) talent
  • Organizational alignment to Social Determinants of Health & United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs)
  • Implement organizational anti-racism and proactive racial equity alignment
Why does diversity matter?
  • McKinsey study “Why Diversity Matters,” companies in the top quartile for gender-diverse executive suites were 15% more likely to generate above-average profitability
  • When it comes to staffing, companies that have higher degrees of racially and ethnically diverse employees have a 35% performance advantage over companies relying on a “culture fit” that tends to trend white and monocultural.
  • Companies with gender-diverse executive teams in the highest quartile outperformed male-dominated companies by 21% in terms of EBIT (earnings before interest and taxes) and 27% in terms of creating long-term value. Racially diverse executive teams provided an advantage of 35% higher EBIT and 33% more long-term value creation over the least racially diverse companies.
  • Diverse companies attain 19% higher revenue than monolithic companies on account of greater innovation
  • Per the 2018 Deloitte Millennial Survey, 74% of respondents stated that they believe their workplaces will have greater innovation if management actively makes diversity and inclusion a key component of organizational culture.
  • Diversity and performance – The findings were startlingly consistent: for companies ranking in the top quartile of executive-board diversity, ROEs were 53 percent higher, on average, than they were for those in the bottom quartile. At the same time, EBIT margins at the most diverse companies were 14 percent higher, on average, than those of the least diverse companies (exhibit). The results were similar across all but one of the countries we studied; an exception was ROE performance in France; but even there, EBIT was 50 percent higher for diverse companies.
How do I pay my registration fee?

Payments can be made in full, or with a 50% initial payment with the balance due within 60 days. We accept ACH, credit/debit cards, Google Pay, and Apple Pay at www.forbesfunds.org/arc where you can also request an invoice if that is your organization’s procedure. You can also opt to send a check, and if so, please select the ‘Offline’ payment option.

Where can I find my tax-deductible enrollment donation receipt?

You can access your receipts on the Donation History page here.

Who are the primary instructors?

While there will be periodic guest lecturers, the primary instructors are listed below.

How will my organization’s data be used?

Each organization’s data will be shared among cohort members to help monitor each other’s progress and challenges and serve as teaching tools. Aggregated or anonymized data from the cohort will be shared publicly to track the cohort’s success. You can also refer to our privacy statement here.

Meet your instructors

With a combined century of experience, ARC instructors are world-leading diversity & equity practitioners, professionals, and educators who will be supporting future-minded leaders during the year-long cohort.

Fred Brown, CEO

Fred Brown is a thought-leader in innovation, capacity-building, and sustainable social development. He serves as the current President & CEO of The Forbes Funds. Prior to that, he served as President & CEO of the Homewood Children’s Village, a place-based approach to children’s development through whole family support. He has received global awards and appointments for his innovative work including recognition by the Club Of Rome, and the Environmental Justice Leader award by the Ford Foundation.

FRED BROWN
President & CEO

VALERIE KINLOCH, Dean School of Education University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Kinloch is of the world’s leading minds in culturally sustaining methodologies and their application in the public and the private sector. She is the Dean of the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh and former professor of Columbia. She has published extensive and award-winning research. Her work in educational equity and justice draws from the lived experience of lessons she learned from her mother and father while growing up in the segregated south of Charleston, South Carolina.

VALERIE KINLOCH
Dean School of Education
University of Pittsburgh

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Soraya Hosni is an anthropologist and serial entrepreneur with a Master’s degree from the prestigious Sorbenne Université in Paris. A polyglot with 8 active languages, her lived experiences spanned remote pacific islands, early startups, and volcanoes, leading to the unique societal understanding that she brings to innovative problem-solving.

After an active executive and academic career, she repatriated to Tunisia to preserve the culture and advance impact on business. Her latest ventures include AgriTech, blockchain application in new food systems, and an initiative to build heritage centered models for urban development, starting with her ancestral home: the UNESCO World Heritage Medina of Sousse in Tunisia.

SORAYA HOSNI
Tunisian Ambassador | NEXUS Global
Senior Anthropologist | Racial Equity City

Mark G

Mark Gonzales is an architect of futures, building systems for innovation, sustainable development, and shared prosperity. His applied knowledge portfolio spans public and private sectors, including visiting professorships with Stanford, educational design with the United Nations, whole family approaches to urban development, and strategy design for emerging ventures. He is the inaugural chair of the Department of the Future, an innovation firm developing tools that welcome the coming wave of automation, paradigm shifts, and global interconnection.

Mark Gonzales
Chair | Department of The Future Chief
Learning Officer | Racial Equity City

Have questions?

Please see our FAQs and get in touch with Kellie below should you have any additional questions. Enrollment is closed for the 2021-22 Inaugural Cohort.

    Anti-Racism Wireframe Cohorts Enrollment

    Please complete this enrollment form to confirm your participation in ARC. Once completed, please scroll down to make your payment and secure your seat as a founding participant and equity champion. As of Tuesday, February 23, 2021, enrollment is closed but the form is up for last-call enrollment by invite-only (e.g. Fred or Kellie sent you here).

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