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The Power of Mentorship in Creating a Non-Profit

When you're embarking on a venture that seeks to create positive social change, a supportive mentor can make a world of difference in your journey. Having that someone who sees more in you than you can see in yourself can provide you the confidence, wisdom, and network of connections to reach your vision. 

Come listen to the story of how Candice Elder's relationship with her mentor, Barbara Williams Hardy, aided her in creating her non-profit, becoming a stronger leader, and building a community of civically engaged millennials in East Oakland.

6:30-6:45 Networking
6:50-7:05 Introductions
7:05-8:05 Speaker and Q&A
8:05-8:30 Networking

About the Speakers



Candice Elder is the Founder and Executive Director of The East Oakland Collective, a member-based community organizing group invested in serving the communities of deep East Oakland by working towards racial and economic equity. After several career changes from being a legal professional for over nine years to working for Women’s Funding Network, the largest philanthropy network of women's funds and foundations in the country, Candice discovered her passion of service and leadership in her beloved community. Candice took the big leap in March 2018 and began working full time for her non-profit. Candice has received numerous awards and recognition for her dedication to serving Oakland— including recent features in Oakland Magazine and KQED. Candice also serves on the Board of Directors for Acta Non-Verba Youth Urban Farm and the UC Berkeley Black Alumni Club.



Barbara Williams Hardy is currently the Global Head of Diversity for Inclusion & Belonging at NetApp. Prior to NetApp she was the Managing Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Oracle. She serves on the World Wide Women Girls Festival Leadership Council and on the global Board of Directors of the Women Funding Network. Barbara has been honored with numerous awards and recognitions, including the WiSTEM Diversity and Inclusion Person of the Year 2018, 2016 Black Enterprise List of Top Executives in Corporate Diversity, DiversityFirst Award, along with numerous other organizations. Mrs. Hardy is the creator of the Barb List and her mission is to unlock the untapped brilliance in all of us.