Desiree Adaway
The Adaway Group
113 Lakeshort Dr
Asheville, North Carolina
Unpaid Non-Profit Work (years):
1
Consulting Experience (years):
10
Summary of your consulting practice and relevant experience:

The Adaway Group is a black woman owned consulting firm that brings together multi-racial teams to work on projects related to equity, inclusion and social justice.

We bring a distinctly structural framework to our work. We understand that inequity, racial and otherwise, is the result of cumulative disadvantage built into social institutions, via law, policy, and everyday practice. We work from an intersectional perspective, which believes that organizations thrive when they build cultures that are inclusive of wide ranging ethnic, racial, gender, sexual, religious, and national identities and abilities.


References

Diversity/Equity/Inclusion/Access

Katina Rodis Fund
Consultant
Amy Mandel
President CEO
828-231-8885
The Adaway Group partnered with the Fund to help them envision and implement a structure and culture that was more inclusive and actively anti-oppressive. This was accomplished through long-term organizational development work, strategic planning, and coaching senior leadership. We also worked with them to redesign their fellowship program.
Dogwood Alliance
Consultant
Danna Smith
Executive Director
828-251-2525
Dogwood Alliance, is a non-profit organization that mobilizes diverse voices to protect Southern forests and communities from destructive industrial logging. We partnered with them to create a culture that focused on equity and inclusion. Under our guidance Dogwood’s board, leadership and programs developed and adopted an intersectional lens which led to the overhauling of their strategic planning, recruitment and hiring practices and in how they created and invested in building relationships with community partners. They not only committed to the environment but to understanding how the environment intersects with race, class, and gender –working to make it accessible to everybody.

Organizational Development/Change

Program Planning and Evaluation

The YWCA of Asheville
Consultant
Beth Maczka
Executive Director
828-254-7206
The Adaway Group supported the YWCA in a program re-design, and development of their strategic plan. We supported the YWCA throughout the restructuring of the organization with an emphasis on DEI.
Dogwood Alliance
Consultant
Beth Maczka
Executive Director
828-251-2525
Identified and defined core values of company culture Created and scaled structure for a great culture. Screened candidates with DEI lens Focused on cultural change, performance, structure and process
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