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A BIPOC Leadership Program brought to you by
Alexis Braly James and Cinthia Manuel

Welcome to the 'Constructing Autenticidad BIPOC Leadership Program' – a collaborative venture between Construct the Present and Autentica Consulting. This 6-session leadership initiative is designed specifically for BIPOC individuals, where we explore the profound influence of your unique identity on your decisions and the impact you create.

Join us in this transformative six-month program, where we confront systemic barriers, celebrate the power of solidarity, and prioritize healing. Throughout this journey, we will sharpen our authentic leadership skills and draw from our personal experiences.

This journey culminates in a community showcase, where you'll unveil tangible solutions that mirror the progress made throughout your transformative journey.

Join us in our inaugural cohort! Don't miss out on this exceptional opportunity. Take action now and be part of this unique experience.

Who is this for?

"Constructing Autenticidad" is exclusively tailored for BIPOC leaders in mid-level positions, particularly those with titles that have a high impact on decision-making and culture change within their organizations. Ideal participants will have a minimum of three years of professional experience and come from various departments such as Operations, People & Culture, Administration, Directors, coordinators, Project Managers, Marketing, and Finance.


This program is designed for individuals who are:

  • experiencing burnout

  • questioning their next career steps

  • looking to enhance their effectiveness,

  • seeking clarity in their professional paths.

Additionally, it's intended for those who want to navigate the intersection of their racial identity and their roles and who are eager to connect with other Black, Indigenous, Brown, and Asian emerging leaders. In essence, "Constructing Autenticidad" caters to BIPOC professionals committed to personal and professional development, growth, and positive change.

In this program we will

Six Half-Day Monthly Classes

The classes will take place on Wednesdays from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The first session kicks off in January 2024.

The classes will be in person only. They will take place in Portland, Oregon, no exceptions.

Throughout the sessions, we will answer the following questions...

Community Showcase

At the end of the Leadership Program, participants will have the opportunity to present to peers and the community concrete solutions aimed at overcoming barriers that hinder their professional advancement.

Session Descriptions

Who am I?

  • Session 1: Cultivate Relationships: Build relationships with your cohort and deepen your “Why” behind your work. We will also identify current challenges (personal or professional) and define a project for June’s presentations.

  • Session 2: Amplify Our Voices: Center and elevate our voices, actively seeking perspectives that are often underrepresented to foster a more inclusive decision-making process. We will assess our Community Cultural Wealth and utilize it to identify the limiting beliefs that hold us back.


Who have I been told to be?

  • Session 3: Foster Radical Collaboration: Harness the power of collaboration and collective wisdom to create innovative solutions that address complex issues. We will deepen our understanding of how our racial identities intersect with our leadership roles using Helm Racial Identity Models and interrupt white supremacy within ourselves.

  • Session 4: Center Equity and Justice: Prioritize social justice in leadership, actively working to dismantle systemic barriers and promote equity within their organizations. Using Tema Okuns White Supremacy Checklist we will examine aspects of white supremacy within ourselves and reframe our relationship to code-switching.


Who do I aspire to be?

  • Session 5: Embrace Solidarity: Discover how solidarity within and beyond your organization can drive meaningful change. Apply learning from previous sessions to implement your vision into a solution-oriented plan. We will workshop our challenges and finalize our presentations. We will end this session focused on the concept of liberation, exploring how it fuels innovative thinking and transformative leadership.

  • Session 6: Presentations: As a culmination of our 5 months, we invite community members and teammates to the showcase of our collective wisdom. Participants will present their challenges and solutions for community impact.

Program Cost

The Leadership Program cost is $4,000 for all six sessions. 

*A limited number of scholarships are available


Do you need some support convincing your manager?


Download our 'Persuade YOUR Manager: Template' below.

2023 Schedule

**Pre-celebration January 17th, 2024

All sessions are 12pm -4pm PST

  • January 31st, 2024

  • February 21st, 2024

  • March 13th, 2024

  • April 24th, 2024

  • May 22nd, 2024

  • Community Showcase: June 26th, 2024***Celebration HH: 4-6 pm

Location TBD but will be within the Portland Metro Area

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