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Peer to Peer Affinity Group 

First-ever affinity group for nonprofit personnel of color in New York State, created in response to NPW’s racial equity report, which highlights “supporting people of color to lead” as one of four key issue areas essential to building anti-racist systems. The group provides a safe space for people of color to connect with one another and grow professionally and personally.

Chaired by Michelle A. Nicholas, The Nico Consulting, Inc., and Dr. Alexandria Connally, NPW Racial Equity Consultant. 

Who should attend: BIPOC in the nonprofit workforce. NPW members and non-members are welcome. 

When: Bimonthly on Fridays, 8:30 – 10:30 AM (January 26, April 5, May 31, July 26, September 27, November 22)

For questions and concerns, contact Amy Rivera, NPW Communications Manager. 

Disabilities Providers Affinity Group*

*Previously titled "Disabilities Roundtable"

The Disabilities Affinity Group provides an opportunity to develop strategies, share advocacy issues and support programming to advance access and opportunity for people with disabilities, across the spectrum of physical, intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities.

Chaired by Kathleen Macias-Torres, Assistant Executive Director of Community Innovations, The Arc Westchester.

Advisory Committee:

  • Susan W. Fox, President & CEO, Westchester Institute for Human Development
  • Nancy Miller, Executive Director/CEO, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
  • Maria Samuels, Executive Director, Westchester Disabled On the Move
  • Jacqueline Mamorsky, Project Coordinator of Linking Communities and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advocate, My Sisters' Place

Who should attend: Executive Directors or appropriate staff members of organizations that serve people with disabilities in Westchester. NPW members only. 

When: Quarterly, Fridays, In-person & virtual (March 8, June 14, September 13, December 13)

For questions and concerns, contact Jan Fisher, NPW Executive Director. 

Chief Financial Officers Affinity Group

The Chief Financial Officers Affinity Group provides an opportunity for lead nonprofit finance professionals to benefit from the knowledge, talent and passion within the countywide network of Westchester nonprofit CFOs and lead finance professionals. The purpose is to: 

  • Strengthen connections between nonprofit finance leaders across the sector
  • Find new thought partners, cultivate new ideas, and develop collaborations
  • Learn from peers
  • Address high-level finance issues affecting nonprofits

Chaired by Michael Goldman, CFO, Child Care Council of Westchester and Phillip Morton, CFO, Hope’s Door.

Who should attend: Chief Financial Officers/Lead Finance Staff or Agency Consultants. NPW members only.

When: Quarterly, Fridays, In-person (January 12, April 26, July 12, October 11)

For questions and concerns, contact Jan Fisher, NPW Executive Director. 

Chief Executive Officers/Executive Directors Affinity Group*

*Previously titled "Executive Directors/CEOs Roundtable"

The Chief Executive Officers/Executive Directors Affinity Group is an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to benefit from the talent, knowledge, and passion in our countywide network. EDs/CEOs of Westchester nonprofit meet to:

  • Strengthen connections between nonprofit leaders across the sector
  • Find new thought partners, cultivate new ideas, and develop collaborations
  • Learn from peers
  • Address high-level issues affecting nonprofits
Chaired by Ron Abad, CEO, Community Housing Innovations; Heath Bloch, CEO, Andrus and Jirandy Martinez, ED, Community Resource Center. 

Who should attend: Nonprofit Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors. NPW nonprofit members only. 

When: Quarterly, Tuesdays, In-person (January 9, April 2, July 9, October 8)

For questions and concerns, contact Jan Fisher, NPW Executive Director. 

Leaders Inspiring Leaders Affinity Group

Whether large or small, Executive Directors and CEOs of nonprofit organizations encounter a range of unique challenges. Leaders Inspiring Leaders (LIL) offers a supportive space for first-time EDs/CEOs to connect, share experiences, and seek advice within the Westchester nonprofit community. Sessions revolve around mutual topics of interest, fostering peer learning and problem-solving.


Who should attend: First-time Nonprofit EDs/CEOs of NPW member organizations, who have been in their position for 3 years or less. NPW Members only. 

When: Quarterly, Thursdays, Virtual (February 15, May 16, September 19, December 12)

For questions and concerns, contact Cora Greenberg, NPW Affinity Group Facilitator 

Human Resources Professionals Affinity Group

The Human Resources Directors and Managers Affinity Group offers an opportunity for lead nonprofit human resources professionals/decision makers to benefit from the knowledge, talent and passion in our countywide network of Westchester nonprofit HR professionals. The affinity group will meet to:

  • Strengthen connections between nonprofit HR leaders across the sector

  • Address HR issues affecting nonprofits

  • Learn from peers

  • Find new thought partners, cultivate new ideas, and develop collaborations

Chaired by Milagros (Milly) Rivera, Director, Human Resources, Westchester Jewish Community Services and Andrea Robinson, Human Resources Director, Rye YMCA.

Who should attend: Human Resources Directors and Managers. NPW members only. 

When: Quarterly, Tuesdays, In-person (January 16, April 16, July 16, October 15)

For questions and concerns, contact Jan Fisher, NPW Executive Director. 

Upcoming Affinity Group 

    • May 31, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Sam’s of Gedney Way - 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY
    • 20
    Register


    May 31, July 26, September 27, November 22, Contact: Amy Rivera


    • June 14, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Register

    2023 Disabilities Providers Affinity Group Schedule: Second Friday, quarterly (NPW Members Only), 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Chair Chairperson: Kathleen Macias-Torres, Assistant Executive Director of Community Innovations, The Arc Westchester

    NPW Disabilities Affinity Group

    The NPW Disabilities Affinity Group was established in response to concerns expressed by member organizations related to common needs and opportunities as we began to emerge from COVID-19. The Disabilities Roundtable develops short-term and long-term strategies to advance and/or strengthen shared advocacy issues, and collaborates to support programming and initiatives that support access and opportunity for people with disabilities, across the spectrum of physical, intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities.

    NPW Disabilities Providers Affinity Group Planning Committee

    • Susan W. Fox, President & CEO, Westchester Institute for Human Development
    • Nancy Miller, Executive Director/CEO, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    • Maria Samuels, Executive Director, Westchester Disabled On the Move
    • Jacqueline Mamorsky, Project Coordinator of Linking Communities and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advocate, My Sisters' Place

    Audience/Participants: Executive Directors or appropriate staff members of organizations that serve people with disabilities in Westchester.

    • July 09, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Sam’s of Gedney Way - 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY
    • 57
    Register

    Chief Executive Officers /Executive Directors Affinity Group

    Chairpeople: Ron Abad, CEO, Community Housing Innovations, Heath Bloch, CEO, Andrus, Jirandy Martinez, ED, Community Resource Center

    Purpose: The Chief Executive Officers/Executive Directors Affinity Group is an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to benefit from the talent, knowledge, and passion in our countywide network. EDs/CEOs of Westchester nonprofit meet to:

    • Strengthen connections between nonprofit leaders across the sector
    • Find new thought partners, cultivate new ideas, and develop collaborations
    • Learn from peers
    • Address high-level issues affecting nonprofits

    Who Should Attend: Nonprofit Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors. NPW Members Only.

    Details: Tuesdays, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Sam’s of Gedney Way, 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, $30

    2024 Dates: January 9, April 2, July 9, October 8

    • July 12, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Sam’s of Gedney Way - 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY
    • 59
    Register

    Chief Financial Officers Affinity Group

    Chairpeople: Michael Goldman, CFO, Child Care Council of Westchester, Phillip Morton, CFO, Hope’s Door

    Purpose: The Chief Financial Officers Affinity Group provides an opportunity for lead nonprofit finance professionals to benefit from the knowledge, talent and passion within the countywide network of Westchester nonprofit CFOs and lead finance professionals. The purpose is to:

    • Strengthen connections between nonprofit finance leaders across the sector
    • Find new thought partners, cultivate new ideas, and develop collaborations
    • Learn from peers
    • Address high-level finance issues affecting nonprofits

    Who Should Attend: Chief Financial Officers/Lead Finance Staff or Agency Consultants. NPW Members Only.

    Details: Fridays, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Sam’s of Gedney Way, 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, $30

    • January 12
    • April 12
    • July 12
    • October 11


    • July 16, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Sam's of Gedney Way - 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY
    • 62
    Register

    Human Resources Professionals Affinity Group

    Chairpeople: Milagros (Milly) Rivera, Director, Human Resources, Westchester Jewish Community Services and Andrea Robinson, Human Resources Director, Rye YMCA,

    Purpose: The Human Resources Directors and Managers Affinity Group offers an opportunity for lead nonprofit human resources professionals/decision makers to benefit from the knowledge, talent and passion in our countywide network of Westchester nonprofit HR professionals. The affinity group will meet to:

    • Strengthen connections between nonprofit HR leaders across the sector
    • Find new thought partners, cultivate new ideas, and develop collaborations
    • Learn from peers
    • Address HR issues affecting nonprofits

    Who Should Attend: Human Resources Directors and Managers. NPW members only.

    Details: Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:30 AM
    Westchester Library System, 570 Taxter Road, 4th Floor, Elmsford, $20

    • January 16
    • April 16
    • July 16
    • October 15


    • July 26, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Sam’s of Gedney Way - 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY
    • 49
    Register

    Peer to Peer Affinity Group for Nonprofit Personnel of Color

    Michelle A. Nicholas, Founder & CEO at The NICO Consulting Inc. , Chair
    Dr. Alexandria Connally, NPW Racial Equity Consultant

    Purpose: The first-ever affinity group for nonprofit personnel of color in NY State, Peer to Peer provides a safe space for people of color to connect with one another and grow professionally and personally.

    Who should attend: BIPOC in the nonprofit workforce. Members and non-members welcome.

    Details: Fridays, 8:30 – 10:30 AM Sam’s of Gedney Way, 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, $30

    • January 26
    • March 29
    • May 24
    • July 26
    • September 27
    • November 22

    Contact: Amy Rivera


    • September 13, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Register

    2023 Disabilities Affinity Group Schedule: Second Friday, quarterly (NPW Members Only), 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Kathleen Macias-Torres, Chair

    NPW Disabilities Affinity Group

    The NPW Disabilities Affinity Group was established in response to concerns expressed by member organizations related to common needs and opportunities as we began to emerge from COVID-19. The Disabilities Roundtable develops short-term and long-term strategies to advance and/or strengthen shared advocacy issues, and collaborates to support programming and initiatives that support access and opportunity for people with disabilities, across the spectrum of physical, intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities.

    NPW Disabilities Affinity Group Planning Committee

    • Kathleen Macias-Torres, Executive Director, Sparc, Inc., Chairperson
    • Susan W. Fox, President & CEO, Westchester Institute for Human Development
    • Nancy Miller, Executive Director/CEO, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    • Maria Samuels, Executive Director, Westchester Disabled On the Move
    • Jacqueline Mamorsky, Project Coordinator of Linking Communities and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advocate, My Sisters' Place
    • Jan Fisher, Executive Director, Nonprofit Westchester

    Audience/Participants: Executive Directors or appropriate staff members of organizations that serve people with disabilities in Westchester.

    • September 19, 2024
    • 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Register

    Leaders Inspiring Leaders (LIL) offers a supportive space for first-time EDs/CEOs from nonprofits of all sizes to connect, share experiences, and seek advice within the Westchester nonprofit community. Sessions revolve around mutual topics of interest, fostering peer learning and problem-solving.

    Who should attend: First-time EDs/CEOs of NPW member organizations, who have been in their position for 3 years or less. NPW Members only. 

    Group facilitator: Cora Greenberg - cgreenberg@npwestchester.org

    • Thursday, February 15, 5 – 6 PM
    • Thursday, May 16, 12:30 – 1:30  PM
    • Thursday, September 19, 5-6 PM
    • Thursday, December 12, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
    • September 27, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Sam’s of Gedney Way - 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY
    • 50
    Register

    Peer to Peer Affinity Group for Nonprofit Personnel of Color

    Michelle A. Nicholas, Founder & CEO at The NICO Consulting Inc. , Chair
    Dr. Alexandria Connally, NPW Racial Equity Consultant

    Purpose: The first-ever affinity group for nonprofit personnel of color in NY State, Peer to Peer provides a safe space for people of color to connect with one another and grow professionally and personally.

    Who should attend: BIPOC in the nonprofit workforce. Members and non-members welcome.

    Details: Fridays, 8:30 – 10:30 AM Sam’s of Gedney Way, 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, $30

    • January 26
    • March 29
    • May 24
    • July 26
    • September 27
    • November 22

    Contact: Amy Rivera


    • October 08, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Sam’s of Gedney Way - 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY
    • 59
    Register

    Chief Executive Officers /Executive Directors Affinity Group

    Chairpeople: Ron Abad, CEO, Community Housing Innovations, Heath Bloch, CEO, Andrus, Jirandy Martinez, ED, Community Resource Center

    Purpose: The Chief Executive Officers/Executive Directors Affinity Group is an opportunity for nonprofit leaders to benefit from the talent, knowledge, and passion in our countywide network. EDs/CEOs of Westchester nonprofit meet to:

    • Strengthen connections between nonprofit leaders across the sector
    • Find new thought partners, cultivate new ideas, and develop collaborations
    • Learn from peers
    • Address high-level issues affecting nonprofits

    Who Should Attend: Nonprofit Chief Executive Officers and Executive Directors. NPW Members Only.

    Details: Tuesdays, 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM, Sam’s of Gedney Way, 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, $30

    2024 Dates: January 9, April 9, July 9, October 8

    • October 11, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Sam’s of Gedney Way - 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY
    • 59
    Register

    Chief Financial Officers Affinity Group

    Chairpeople: Michael Goldman, CFO, Child Care Council of Westchester, Phillip Morton, CFO, Hope’s Door

    Purpose: The Chief Financial Officers Affinity Group provides an opportunity for lead nonprofit finance professionals to benefit from the knowledge, talent and passion within the countywide network of Westchester nonprofit CFOs and lead finance professionals. The purpose is to:

    • Strengthen connections between nonprofit finance leaders across the sector
    • Find new thought partners, cultivate new ideas, and develop collaborations
    • Learn from peers
    • Address high-level finance issues affecting nonprofits

    Who Should Attend: Chief Financial Officers/Lead Finance Staff or Agency Consultants. NPW Members Only.

    Details: Fridays, 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Sam’s of Gedney Way, 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, $30

    • January 12
    • April 12
    • July 12
    • October 11


    • October 15, 2024
    • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Westchester Library System, 570 Taxter Road, 4th Floor, Elmsford
    • 65
    Register

    Human Resources Professionals Affinity Group

    Chairpeople: Milagros (Milly) Rivera, Director, Human Resources, Westchester Jewish Community Services and Andrea Robinson, Human Resources Director, Rye YMCA,

    Purpose: The Human Resources Directors and Managers Affinity Group offers an opportunity for lead nonprofit human resources professionals/decision makers to benefit from the knowledge, talent and passion in our countywide network of Westchester nonprofit HR professionals. The affinity group will meet to:

    • Strengthen connections between nonprofit HR leaders across the sector
    • Find new thought partners, cultivate new ideas, and develop collaborations
    • Learn from peers
    • Address HR issues affecting nonprofits

    Who Should Attend: Human Resources Directors and Managers. NPW members only.

    Details: Tuesdays, 9:00 – 10:30 AM
    Westchester Library System, 570 Taxter Road, 4th Floor, Elmsford, $20

    • January 16
    • April 16
    • July 16
    • October 15


    • November 22, 2024
    • 8:30 AM - 10:30 AM
    • Sam’s of Gedney Way - 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, NY
    • 50
    Register

    Peer to Peer Affinity Group for Nonprofit Personnel of Color

    Michelle A. Nicholas, Founder & CEO at The NICO Consulting Inc. , Chair
    Dr. Alexandria Connally, NPW Racial Equity Consultant

    Purpose: The first-ever affinity group for nonprofit personnel of color in NY State, Peer to Peer provides a safe space for people of color to connect with one another and grow professionally and personally.

    Who should attend: BIPOC in the nonprofit workforce. Members and non-members welcome.

    Details: Fridays, 8:30 – 10:30 AM Sam’s of Gedney Way, 50 Gedney Way, White Plains, $30

    • January 26
    • March 29
    • May 24
    • July 26
    • September 27
    • November 22

    Contact: Amy Rivera


    • December 12, 2024
    • 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Register

    Leaders Inspiring Leaders (LIL) offers a supportive space for first-time EDs/CEOs from nonprofits of all sizes to connect, share experiences, and seek advice within the Westchester nonprofit community. Sessions revolve around mutual topics of interest, fostering peer learning and problem-solving.

    Who should attend: First-time EDs/CEOs of NPW member organizations, who have been in their position for 3 years or less. NPW Members only. 

    Group facilitator: Cora Greenberg - cgreenberg@npwestchester.org

    • Thursday, February 15, 5 – 6 PM
    • Thursday, May 16, 12:30 – 1:30  PM
    • Thursday, September 19, 5-6 PM
    • Thursday, December 12, 12:30 – 1:30 PM
    • December 13, 2024
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom Meeting
    Register

    2023 Disabilities Affinity Group Schedule: Second Friday, quarterly (NPW Members Only), 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM, Kathleen Macias-Torres, Chair

    NPW Disabilities Affinity Group

    The NPW Disabilities Affinity Group was established in response to concerns expressed by member organizations related to common needs and opportunities as we began to emerge from COVID-19. The Disabilities Roundtable develops short-term and long-term strategies to advance and/or strengthen shared advocacy issues, and collaborates to support programming and initiatives that support access and opportunity for people with disabilities, across the spectrum of physical, intellectual, developmental and cognitive disabilities.

    NPW Disabilities Affinity Group Planning Committee

    • Kathleen Macias-Torres, Executive Director, Sparc, Inc., Chairperson
    • Susan W. Fox, President & CEO, Westchester Institute for Human Development
    • Nancy Miller, Executive Director/CEO, VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired
    • Maria Samuels, Executive Director, Westchester Disabled On the Move
    • Jacqueline Mamorsky, Project Coordinator of Linking Communities and Deaf & Hard of Hearing Advocate, My Sisters' Place
    • Jan Fisher, Executive Director, Nonprofit Westchester

    Audience/Participants: Executive Directors or appropriate staff members of organizations that serve people with disabilities in Westchester.

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