Leading with Learning

2020 - 2021

CREW DC: Leading with Learning

What is Leading With Learning?

A program of 6 books read together over 12 months, supported by 2 meetings per book to explore themes of Black experience, racism and antiracism.

Reading circles are open to CREW members and to non-member employees of sponsor companies, providing trust-based spaces for learning, discussion and relationship building.

Flexible opportunities to engage - once or many times

6 carefully chosen books by Black women writers

Join for the books that meet your interest and schedule

Gain training and experience as a small group leader

Virtual gatherings to build relationships and share ideas

Facilitated discussions with breakout rooms and whole group formats

Curated readers' guides and study tools
Trained group leads

Join at any point on your anti-racism journey

Gain knowledge and tools to move to action: in yourself, in your company, and in your community

A commitment to move forward, not a judgment of where you start



Whenever possible, books will be purchased from Mahogany books - a Black, women-owned business

The Curriculum

Recognizing the richness of Black experience, and the importance of storytelling in understanding human experience, our curriculum balances non-fiction, fiction, and memoir; amplifies the voices of Black female writers; and allows each member to be met at their place on the journey, while moving every participant towards a place of greater understanding.

We have intentionally avoided books that are being widely showcased and discussed in other forums but encourage you to widen your own reading on race, antiracism, and the wide range of Black experience.

Click here for a short list of Leading With Learning program resources.

How do I take part?

1. Register for the book of your choice

Registration will be separate for each book, allowing participants to join as their schedule allows. The fee ($50) includes the book and reader's guide (shipped to you) as well as an invitation to two meetings.

One meeting will be a morning session, the other an afternoon. The sessions are about a month apart and have different prompts. Participants can attend both, either, or neither.


2 Register as a small group facilitator (optional)

Monthly meetings will include small-group breakouts, facilitated by a trained leader.  Would you like to learn new skills and hold space for these important conversations? To sign up as a facilitator, email kathyallgier@crewdc.org.

3 Read, learn, engage, make change!

Take two months to read and learn, join two discussion sessions to explore and connect, use what you've learned to give you knowledge and courage for change.

4 Repeat as desired

You can participate year-round (6 books) or dip in and out based on your schedules and interests.

For more information contact Kathy Allgier, Executive Director