Upswell Pop-Up

April 26, 2022

1:00 – 4:30 pm ET

Upswell Pop-Up: Recharge, Refuel, and Refocus.

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Spring represents a new day, new life, and renewal. So who better to focus our Spring Pop-Up on than the lifeforce of our Upswell community – you! As a tireless advocate for your mission and community – the Upswell Spring Pop-Up will provide you with tangible wellness and self-care tools and skills to help you recharge and refocus, make new connections, and find new inspiration as we tackle the challenges of building a healthy and racially just nation. Registration for this virtual Pop-Up is free.

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1:00 – 2:05 pm ET
Main Stage

Prioritizing Wellness in Service to Others

In one way or another, we all work or volunteer in this sector to be in service to others. Whether it is activism, meeting systemic community needs, or stepping up in crisis, we have chosen paths where our success is tied to others’ well-being. So how do we all find what we need for our own wellness in order to care for our communities, deal with anxiety of the world around us, manage our families, and handle collective grief? On the Main Stage, join Independent Sector President and CEO Dan Cardinali, Dive in Well CEO and Founder Maryam Ajayi, and Religion & Society Program at the Aspen Institute Executive Director Dr. Simran Singh to discuss how each of us can pull on our own ancestral or spiritual practices to balance self and community care necessary to build healthy and just communities.

2:10 – 3:10 pm ET
Session 1

Time to Clean Out Your Side of the Street: Self-Care in Racial & Social Justice Work 

Have you ever felt depleted — emotionally, mentally, and physically exhausted; like you had nothing left to give? At that point, your personal life cup is empty. Yet, we continue to deplete our own cup for various reasons, including societal pressures of producing, constantly being on the move, and glamorizing not getting enough rest. When you take care of yourself by working on your own healing, you also take responsibility of investing in yourself. Ultimately, that enables you to bring your best self- to your community and the people you serve that need your unique magic and light.

The work many of us changemakers engage in intersects a multitude of fields, themes, and topics, and often encompasses vulnerable populations, including BIPOC, the LGBTQ+ community, people with disabilities, and neurodivergent groups. Racial equity and social justice requires unpacking and working through our own internal traumas, wounds, and healing journeys. When we fail to honestly examine these various aspects, that is when the difficult aspects of life and circumstances outside of us can adversely affect us and distort how things really are. But have we first done the needed self-work to support the work we do with others in this space? In other words, have we really worked on healing our own traumas, as well as the known and unknown biases, especially when some of these may be the ones that precisely trigger us in the work we do? 

2:10 – 3:10 pm ET
Session 2

You are Not What You Produce: Honoring Labor and Rest

We’ve all heard a lot lately about the Great Resignation and its impact on organizational ability to meet mission. But what we are missing in the current discussion is the crisis at the heart of our work that requires a great reorientation. Whether to increase ownership, health, balance, or meaning- Americans are rejecting the basic tenet that has guided America’s work ethos for centuries: the established belief that people are what they produce.

As leaders of the social impact sector, we have an opportunity to see this great work revolution not as a problem to be solved, but instead, as an opportunity to reshape our workplaces to be healthier and more equitable for those we serve and those conducting the work. As employers, we must ask, how do we change our policies and practices to meet the moment, encouraging ownership, health, balance, and meaning?

During this interactive session, Chicago Cares will share our ongoing journey to recognize and honor employees as whole people. Together, we will explore how nonprofits can use an anti-racist and equity analysis to transform organizational culture and human resource policies and practices to reshape the nature of work for greater impact and stronger staff commitment, and retention.

3:15 - 4:30 PM ET

Upswell Exchange: Can We Really Rest?

After experiencing the full April Pop-Up agenda, you’ll probably learn a great deal about how to center your wellness, focus on collective and community care, and maybe even set some new goals on centering that well-being at your organization. But will we do it? The Upswell Exchange is a chance to go deeper on this topic. Do you agree with the presenters? Was a perspective missing? This is your chance to let your guard down and get real: Can we really rest or are the demands of these systems, of our work, just too much? Let’s have the discussion, led by a brilliant team of facilitators to guide us and help us make the most of our time. Dr. Cheryl Hall-Russell of Black Women Wise Women and Brook Wingate of the Center for Creative Leadership will guide the discussion and get you talking…and listening.

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