September 19, 2017 – Diversity and Inclusion Breakfast


As part of the Central Ohio AFP Chapter’s commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, this program is free and open to the entire Central Ohio nonprofit community.  Advance RSVPs are required no later than Thursday, September 14. 
The Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the Central Ohio Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals is pleased to announce our next Breakfast Club program.
Please join us on
Tuesday, September 19th – 7:30AM – 9:30AM
for our AFP D&I Breakfast Club gathering
“Open Doors; Close Gifts”
 Featuring Stephen Francis,
Chief Diversity Officer, City of Columbus

The approach to diversity in philanthropy is multi-layered. People are apt to develop a rapport quicker with those with whom they can instantly find something in common.  We may be depriving our causes of the valuable perspectives, ideas and unique wherewithal that diversity would bring to our work.  Imagine how enriching it would be to have board, staff, volunteers and others of various backgrounds brainstorming and conceiving new and innovative ways of doing our work. 

Join us to learn how to evolve your fundraising practices to include diverse people and views.  We will create a space for you to hear from Stephen Francis, Columbus’ Chief Diversity Officer, and welcome your questions about diversity, equity and inclusion issues. This event will inspire your planning to ensure your nonprofits are on track to achieving your missions well into the future

7:30-8:00am  Registration, continental breakfast, networking
8:00AM – 9:30AM  Program and Q&A
Stephen Francis was appointed the first ever Chief Diversity Officer for the City of Columbus in January 2016.

As Chief Diversity Officer, Steve Francis is in charge of implementing and communicating the diversity and inclusion vision, commitment and strategy of Mayor Andrew J. Ginther.

He provides support in the development of a comprehensive workforce diversity strategy for the City of Columbus and is working to develop a city-wide diversity external relations strategy. He continues to support the Equal Business Opportunity Office in the development of diverse supplier and procurement goals in city contracts for goods and services.

Director Francis was the Manager of Corporate Affairs at Honda of America starting in 2013.  He managed a multitude of divisions with Honda including: Government Relations; Diversity Relations; Community Relations; Media Relations; Public Relations; and Internal Communications. Director Francis also Managed Honda’s philanthropic relationship with The Ohio State University.

Director Francis was the Manager of Diversity Relations at Honda of America from 2004 to 2013.  His duties included the management of cross-functional diversity and inclusion initiatives and the daily management of these initiatives in the areas of workforce, procurement, community outreach, supplier diversity and internal communications. He created diversity initiatives, strategic planning and metrics for the Honda North America Diversity Committee. Director Francis was vital to the development and co-facilitation of a company-wide cultural competency training program and new hire diversity training program.

Director Francis was Senior Assistant Counsel for Honda of America from 1995 to 2004. He managed and supervised Workers’ Compensation practice, coordinated and managed legal services provided to Honda of South Carolina, and developed and coordinated Honda’s HIPPA compliance program.  Director Francis also served as legal counsel for Banc One Corporation and the Ohio Department of Development.

Steve Francis attended Morehouse College and The Ohio State University College of Law. He is a member of several boards including: Baker & Hostetler Diversity Advisory Board; Columbus Clippers Baseball, Inc.; Columbus Association for the Performing Arts; Columbus Urban League; Central Ohio Diversity Consortium: American Heart Association.

OSU Longaberger Alumni House
2200 Olentangy River Road
(Mount Leadership Room)
Free Parking – Pass will be emailed to you the day before the event


Registration Fee:
As part of the Central Ohio AFP Chapter’s commitment to Diversity & Inclusion, this program is free and open to the entire Central Ohio nonprofit community

Registration deadline is 5PM Thursday, September 14
No late RSVPs and no walk-ins.