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Re-imagining Power in St. Louis Nonprofits

August 13, 2020
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM

Zoom Meeting


$10 - AFP Members (open to all AFP members)
$20 - Non-members


8:30 Welcome and Introduction of Panelists
8:35 Moderator Questions
9:00 Participant Questions

About the Program

Who or what holds power in your organization?  How can we as nonprofit  professionals, ensure inclusion, diversity, equity, and access are embraced as guiding principles? Join us for a provocative and powerful panel discussion with thought leaders Antionette Carroll, Erica Williams, and Aimee Wehmeier who will discuss diversity within power structures in St. Louis nonprofits.

About the Panelists


Antionette Carroll
Creative Reaction Lab

Antionette D. Carroll is the Founder and CEO of Creative Reaction Lab, a nonprofit educating and deploying youth leadership to challenge racial inequities impacting Black and Latinx populations. Within this capacity, Antionette has pioneered a new, award-winning form of creative problem solving called Equity-Centered Community Design (named a Fast Company World Changing Idea Finalist in General Excellence and Urban Design). Creative Reaction Lab is creating a collaborative youth-led, community-centered movement challenging racial inequities in the education, media, health and healthcare, and government and public service sectors. Throughout her career, Antionette has worked for non-profits working for social justice, human rights, and diversity and inclusion. Antionette's personal mission in life is to CHALLENGE standards, make CHANGE, and CHAMPION approaches resulting in foundational and community impact. As a former Ferguson resident, the death of Michael Brown, Jr. changed her from a typical 9-to-5 graphic designer to a social entrepreneur, design thinking facilitator, community organizer, and social impact design advocate.

Also, Antionette is an active community volunteer. Antionette was named the Founding Chair of the Diversity and Inclusion Task Force of AIGA: The Professional Association of Design in 2014. Currently, she’s an AIGA National Board Director and Chair Emerita of the Task Force working on long-term strategic initiatives such as the Design Census Program with Google and national Design for Inclusivity Summit. With her encouragement, AIGA created the first Racial Justice by Design program, with Antionette co-organizing and assuming the role of online producer for the national Town Hall in 2016.  At the local level, she is currently serving as the President Emerita of AIGA St. Louis and co-founder of the Design + Diversity Conference and Fellowship. Antionette also sits on several awards and programming committees for local and national non-profits. Antionette is an Echoing Green Fellow and TED Fellow.

Antionette credits growing up in economic poverty, but having supportive community wealth as catalysts that guide her journey as a lifelong social changemaker.


Erica Williams
A Red Circle

Erica Williams is the Executive Director of A Red Circle, a nonprofit that provides sustained, focused attention to the racial equity issues that impact North St. Louis County. She leads a Peer Circle for Executive Directors of Color, is deeply rooted in causes related to food insecurity and is herself a St. Louis Master Gardener. She sits on the Youth Education & Development Committee of Kids Win-Missouri and participates in HomeGrown STL.  Erica co-chairs Missouri Council on Activity and Nutrition (MOCAN) and the Food Systems Work Group. She is a member of the Nine Network Community Advisory Board; and the recipient of a Focus St. Louis Award, My Name is Need, an Impact Award, an award from the Coalition for Human Rights, and the North County, Inc. Leadership award.

Erica holds a BA in Paralegal Studies and an MBA, both from Maryville University. She is working on her PhD in Public Policy and Administration from Walden University, with a concentration on policy analysis.

When not working for A Red Circle, Erica serves on the Board of Directors for Kids Win Missouri and the Community Advisory Board for Refuge and Restoration Nonprofit Organization in Ferguson, Missouri.


Aimee Wehmeier

Aimee Wehmeier is President of Paraquad. Paraquad is one of the first Centers for Independent Living (CIL) in the country, serving about 2,200 people with disabilities annually. Wehmeier earned a Bachelor of Educational Studies from the University of Missouri and a MBA from William Woods University. Community leadership includes the St. Louis Regional Chamber Board; Diversity Awareness Partnership; Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing and Opportunity Council Board; Missouri Foundation for Health, Washington University, and MO Better Foundation Advisory Boards. Wehmeier received the Governor’s Council on Disability Inclusion Award in 2010 and was recognized by the St. Louis Business Journal as a 2015 Diverse Business Leader and 2018 Class of Most Influential Business Women. Wehmeier has been described as “the face of disability.” Wehmeier has a passion for public policy, advocacy and increasing opportunities for people with disabilities. Employment and economic self-sufficiency are her highest priorities.


About the Moderator




Jia Lian Yang
Host/ Lead Producer of We Live Here Podcast

Jia Lian Yang holds both a Master of Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and a Master of Divinity from Eden Theological Seminary. She is the co-founder of the St. Louis-based Who Raised You? podcast, which explores culture and family with a focus on stories from people of color. The show won the Arts & Education Council of St. Louis’ 2018 stARTup competition. And this year, St. Louis Magazine’s editors named it the best local podcast. Previously, Jia served as the Public Programs Manager at the Pulitzer Arts Foundation.


About the Format

Upon registering, you will receive an email with the Zoom meeting details.  If you don't recieve that email, please don't hesitate to contact us at [email protected].  Please check your spam folders first!

We use the Zoom platform.  You will want to download the Zoom software before the meeting time.  Upon entering the meeting, please be sure that your microphone is muted until you want to talk in order to cut down on interference between your speakers and microphone.

We can utilize chat and the "Raise Hand" function during the meeting.  

The meeting will be recorded.  Presentation documents (in PDF form) will be distributed after the meeting.