Choose from four pre-conference workshops to start your PEAK2020 experience a day early. Plus: this year, we debut a complimentary post-conference workshop, exclusively for Organization Members and Regional Chapter Officers.


Sunday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.

Pre-con | Brave DEI Conversations 2.0: Intensive Training to Be an Equity Warrior In Your Life and Work

This workshop requires an additional registration fee. Breakfast and lunch are included. 

Facilitated by Denise Barreto, Relationships Matter Now

If you cannot name it, you cannot face it. This in-depth, deep-dive training workshop will build competency and confidence for tackling brave conversations around diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). Through a full day of facilitated conversation, prepared content, and exercises, participants will equip themselves to start and lead workplace discussions of diversity, equity, and inclusion; to speak about their own, individual equity journey; and to convey what progress looks like for their organizations.

Sunday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-con | Grants Management 101

This workshop requires an additional registration fee. Breakfast and lunch are included. 

Sara Brannman, We Mean Business Coalition; Andrew Brown, Eugene and Agnes E. Meyer Foundation; Courtney Byrneheim, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Elly Davis, PEAK Grantmaking; Sara Miller, NGOSource; C. Davis Parchment, Candid; Gina Rogers-Mooney, JPMorgan Chase & Co.; Maria Jose Torres, Rose Community Foundation; and Arlene Wilson-Grant, Disability Rights Fund   

This session is PEAK Grantmaking’s exclusive training workshop, designed for professionals who are new to their role in grants management. This includes professionals with backgrounds in accounting, technology systems, program management, and other areas. Grants management is often the department where program, finance, communications, application, approval, and administrative functions overlap. Grants managers perform a diverse set of tasks and maintain a wide range of professional relationships to ensure high-quality grants administration across programs. In this workshop, you’ll build a basic understanding of the role of the grants manager, the grantmaking process, and the philanthropic context in which grantmaking takes place.


Sunday, March 8, from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Pre-con | Black Belt Digital Data Management


Facilitated by:
C. Davis Parchment, Candid and Janet Camarena, Candid

Managing digital information about individuals, organizations, grants and communities is an awesome power and an awesome responsibility. As a grants manager, you’re already at the nexus of digital information at your organization, so join us to level up your understanding of data types and management systems, explore the risks, and make sure your systems are up for the challenge. Candid will share their hard-won experience in collecting data, and give you the chance to weigh in on how Candid can better help you.

Sunday, March 8, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Pre-con | Equitable Evaluation in Practice

This workshop requires an additional registration fee.

Facilitated by Jara Dean-Coffey, Equitable Evaluation Initiative

While many organizations are applying an equity lens to their work, or have explicitly made equity a part of the mission, few have considered how the grant evaluation process can advance, or upend, the pursuit of equity. Who asks the questions? Who owns and interprets the data? Who benefits from findings and recommendations? Advance your knowledge of equity in evaluation practice in this pre-conference workshop, where you’ll be introduced to Equitable Evaluation (EE), an emerging evaluative paradigm grounded in equity. You’ll also discover how common approaches to evaluation can undermine equity, and pick up resources to spur change at your organization.

Wednesday, March 11, from 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Post-con | Become an Advocate for Practice Change


Facilitated by:
Melissa Sines, PEAK Grantmaking; Elly Davis, PEAK Grantmaking; and Sara Sanders, PEAK Grantmaking

To build advocates and champions for practice change in philanthropy, this half-day workshop will take a deep dive into the five Principles for Peak Grantmaking, with a focus on change management, organizational culture, and leading change within your organization and your region. Looking to develop the key leadership skills you’ll need to build coalitions for change? This bonus session is for you!

Join us, and help build the movement that turns the practice of philanthropy into the practice of principled grantmaking.

Note: Schedule is subject to change. Please check back regularly.