Bridging the Divide: Making Connections Between Personal Impact and Communal Change

Date: Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Time: 4:30pm - 6:30pm EDT
Location: Zoom Meeting (Advanced registration is required.)

A Conversation with Lisa Yancey, Moderated by Durell Cooper

Hosted in collaboration with Cultural Innovation Group

The Roundtable’s Kick-Off Event featured a discussion between Lisa Yancey, Principal from Yancey Consulting LLC, and Durell Cooper, Founder & CEO of Cultural Innovation Group and host of the web series Flow. Inspired by Lisa’s Thrivability Report, Durell and Lisa engaged in an intimate conversation taking a deep dive into the concept of thrivability and how individual actions cause a ripple effect for change throughout the community. Participants then had the opportunity to collaborate in small breakout groups with the charge of leaving with immediate action steps.

Prior to the featured event, we observed a remembrance to a great friend to the Roundtable, Paul King, former Executive Director of the Office of Arts and Special Projects. 

We strongly encourage reading Yancey Consulting’s report, “What Are the Paradigm Shifts Necessary for the Arts Sector to Nurture More Sustainable THRIVING Institutions of Color?” before viewing the session.

Watch the recorded conversation here:




Meet Our Speakers

Recently coined a strategic maverick by a long-time colleague, Lisa Yancey is an organizational development consultant who specializes in strategic organizational planning, business planning, program evaluation and assessments, executive project management, revenue modeling, leadership coaching, and organizational structure assessments for nonprofit institutions. She is the President of Yancey Consulting, LLC, an organizational and leadership development consulting firm committed to unlocking, provoking, facilitating, and collaboratively imagining equitable social impacts on the local to national level™. Lisa advises a spectrum of practitioners, nonprofit organizations, philanthropists, and philanthropic institutions committed to dismantling inequities, enriching disinvested communities, building leadership, and amplifying diverse perspectives. She has worked with, facilitated, and provided pro bono services to over 100 organizations or grant-making institutions in the past 19 years. She works across arts and culture, youth development, social justice, media justice, economic justice, and open internet sectors. As an entrepreneur, Lisa also advises emerging for-profit entities that are values-aligned with her equity-based values. Getting to know organizations personally to co-develop strategies, benchmark indicators, and measurable objectives is a hallmark of her work.

Lisa matriculated from both Boston College Law School and Emory University, respectively earning her Juris Doctorate and Bachelor of the Arts degrees. She used to be a professional dancer and choreographer and has been a member of the New York State Bar Association since 2000. She started her consultancy practice in 2001.

Her professional ambition is to make meaningful differences that systemically elevate equity, particularly disrupting inequities that impact historically disinvested, underinvested or marginalized communities.


Durell Cooper is the Founder and CEO of Cultural Innovation Group, LLC. He is one the nation’s most sought after cultural strategist specializing in systems change and collaborative thought leadership. Prior to founding Cultural Innovation Group, LLC , he was a Program Officer at the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs (DCLA) during the rollout of the NYC Cultural Plan. He also worked at Lincoln Center Education recruiting and training teaching artists as well as several community engagement initiatives aimed at increasing equity and inclusion in NYC public schools. Durell is a 2018 Graduate of Stanford’s Impact Program for Arts Leaders (IPAL). He’s also the creator and host of the web series, Flow. Currently, he is pursuing his Doctorate at New York University. ​


About Cultural Innovation Group
Cultural Innovation Group’s mission is to empower communities through art, civic, and community engagement. We seek to ignite the collective imagination of communities to envision an equitable world where everyone is included. We aim to push the narrative of historically marginalized communities past sustainability and into thrivability. Our model is built on authentic collaboration with individuals, community based organizations, government agencies, and corporations to cultivate a culture of innovation in order to build collective impact.  For more information please visit:

About the NYC Arts in Education Roundtable

The New York City Arts in Education Roundtable improves, advances, and advocates for arts education in New York City. We are a community of organizations and individuals that shares information, provides professional development, and communicates with the public to promote our work in schools and beyond. Founded in 1992, the Roundtable produces a major annual conference, Face to Face; monthly professional development programs; a destination website; and other activities, in addition to ongoing advocacy and communications efforts for over 1,000 individuals and member organizations. For more information please visit:

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