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Creating Equitable Organizations

YWCA Madison / Creating Equitable Organizations

In “The Business Case for Racial Equity” (2013), the Kellogg Foundation states: “research has shown that businesses with a more diverse workforce have more customers, higher revenues and profits, greater market share, less absenteeism and turnover, and a higher level of commitment to their organization” (p. 5). We invite you to partner with the YWCA Madison to cultivate a thriving and diverse organizational culture. YWCA Madison offers a variety of training opportunities to help companies create more culturally-competent workplaces. Training can be customized for your organization and covers a variety of topics, including: basic cultural competency and cross-cultural communication skills, understanding racial inequalities and disparities, and exploring the roles we can all play in advancing equal access to opportunity. We tailor the length and intensity of training to fit your organization’s needs. Some popular options include half- or full-day trainings, Creating Equitable and Inclusive Organizations training (see below), or consultation appointments with your staff to assist them in developing tools for ongoing programming. YWCA provides local businesses with the tools needed to create sustainable diverse workplaces, for more long term partnership options please click here.


Well-intended diversity initiatives often fall short of desired outcomes. While increasing awareness, most don’t create significant, sustainable organizational change. In this training, employees will explore the Multicultural Organization Developmental strategic organizational change model to learn how businesses can create inclusive organizations through systemic, long-term culture change.


YWCA Madison offers Equity and Inclusion Partnership opportunities for organizations who are working on internal capacity building around being an inclusive and equitable workplace. One of our partners, Group Health Cooperative, was featured in the following video clip around the work they are doing as a partner with the YWCA through a 3-year Sustainer level partnership. We are excited to partner with other inspiring organizations in our community who are starting amazing equity work.

Services and Fee Schedule


Included in training:

  • one half-day session for 25 or fewer participants
  • planning phone call or meeting with key leadership prior to training
  • one facilitated follow-up meeting with the Change Team to discuss your organization’s inclusion plan

Non-profit Organization: $1,500*
For-profit Organization: $2,500*


Included in package:

  • all benefits listed above PLUS:
  • one follow-up training developed in consultation with your Change Team (see the YWCA Madison’s Racial Justice trainings Levels 100-300 for sample training ideas)
  • one planning phone call or meeting with key leadership prior to follow-up training

Non-profit organization: $2,500*
For-profit organization: $3,500*

For more information, contact Interim Race & Gender Equity Manager, Naomi Takahashi at 608.257.1436, option 2.

*Groups larger than 25 people can be accommodated for an additional fee. Contact the Interim  Race & Gender Equity Manager regarding cost.

Request more information about this training and potential training dates using our contact form.