The Onion Dialogues: Helping Loudoun’s Business Leaders Talk About Race

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The Loudoun Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties to present the next series of The Onion Dialogues, a workshop designed to help Loudoun’s community leaders explore and normalize conversations about race.

Just as an onion has many layers, The Onion Dialogues will engage participants in an engaging and interactive dialogue about race in our society and how to honestly, and productively, explore topics such as language, systemic racism, microaggressions, and more.

With the support of Presenting Sponsor Kaiser Permanente, The Onion Dialogues will be presented by consultant Tamara Copeland and the Foundation’s President & CEO, Amy Owen.

The Onion Dialogues workshop session will be held in two, 2.5-hour sessions on back to back days, from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Participation is limited to 14 people. Participants must commit to attending both workshop days and to fully participate in these interactive discussions through Zoom’s video feature.

About the Presenters
Tamara Copeland recently retired from the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers after 12 years as president, and visionary for the acclaimed initiative, Putting Racism on the Table. In 2018, her memoir was published, Daughters of the Dream: Eight Girls from Richmond who grew up in the Civil Rights Era. She also posts a monthly blog exploring some aspect of her African American racial reality.

Amy Owen has background in teaching and nonprofit management. For more than 10 years, she managed and directed fundraising programs for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy. She served as executive director of the Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation from 2001-2012 and as President and CEO of the Community Foundation for Loudoun and Northern Fauquier Counties since 2012. She examines her white American perceptions and racial assumptions in The Onion Dialogues.

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