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IDEA Cafe: Diversifying Boards

For public gardens serious about diversifying their organizations and becoming places of belonging for all, board diversification is a key step in transitioning from being places of exclusivity to inclusivity. In this Café, join our panel of executive directors and board members from Filoli Historic House & Garden, New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill and Denver Botanic Garden for a thoughtful discussion about approaching and prioritizing board diversification, identifying and navigating barriers to allow diversification to happen, and identifying and supporting new board members without tokenization.

Additionally, panelists will discuss the meaningful changes they have experienced as a result of their shift and how they continue to evolve as an organization.


  • Brian Vogt, CEO & Mary Lee Chin, Board of Trustees Vice Chair, Denver Botanic Gardens 
  • Kara Newport, CEO & Carol Moran, Board President, Filoli Historic Home and Gardens
  • Grace Elton, CEO & Lisa McDonough, Board of Trustees President, New England Botanic Garden at Tower Hill 

Introductions by: Briana Berkowitz, Professional Development Assistant, American Public Gardens Association

Moderation by: Mae Lin Plummer, Director, IDEA Center for Public Gardens


Brought to you by the IDEA Center for Public Gardens


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