July 14, 2021

This is the first episode of Talent Matters Remix, our three-episode series in partnership with ProInspire, co-hosted by Monisha Kapila and Rusty Stahl. 

In this episode, Monisha and Rusty talk with Trish Tchume about the tensions between developing individual leaders, and developing networks or communities of leaders. Trish reflects on the article she wrote about network-weaving for the Talent Matters blog series in Stanford Social Innovation Review. She discusses how her experience and thinking has evolved since the piece was published seven years ago in July 2014.

We also discuss Trish’s extensive journey through the nonprofit sector, including her work at Robert Sterling Clark Foundation, Community Change, Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (where she was the first national director), Building Movement Project, and Idealist.org. Other topics discussed:

  • Building organizational networks for social justice
  • Supporting BIPOC leaders
  • Supporting young people in nonprofit and social change careers
  • What are you learning from working at a foundation?
  • Thoughts on social capital and networks during the pandemic and Trump era


We’re partnering with ProInspire to bring you this 3-part series of episodes on the Fund the People Podcast. Talent Matters Remix, which will be released throughout July, will revisit Talent Matters, a 2014 series of essays on the Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR) blog. These special episodes will be co-hosted by yours truly and Monisha Kapila, ProInspire Founder and Co-CEO. Monisha helped to curate and write the Talent Matters blog series, and our conversations will feature three of the other authors of those posts.

A lot has changed in our society in the seven years since 2014, when those blog posts appeared. We’ve had seismic changes in our politics, economy, society, and the nonprofit sector and philanthropy. It’s time to revisit, reflect, and remix it!

Links to resources we discuss in the episode:


Guest Bio:  

Trish Adobea Tchume, Director of Liberatory Leadership Practice & Network Organizer

Trish Adobea Tchume is a first generation Ghanaian-American, a social and racial justice advocate, facilitator and trainer. She is proud to be the Director of Liberatory Leadership Practice and the Sterling Network Organizer for the Robert Sterling Clark Foundation. As the Director of Liberatory Leadership Practice, Trish works closely with the other organizations of the Liberatory Leadership Partnership to explore, define, and support approaches to leadership development and organizational capacity building that prefigure a world where all of us can thrive. In her role as Sterling Network Organizer, Trish directly supports the Sterling Network NYC to build the necessary culture and analysis to imagine and collectively work toward a more racially just and vibrant New York City. She brings to her role a deep reverence for the transformative power of networks and a breadth of experience growing and organizing them from former roles as the executive director of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network, the network organizer for Within Our Lifetime: A Network to End Racism, the director of civic engagement for the Building Movement Project, and her most recent role as the director of leadership development at the Center for Community Change. Trish is Brooklynite, a proud auntie, a beach devotee and is fortunate enough to devote her volunteer time to the board of Change Elemental, the Central Brooklyn Food Coop, and is a trainee with Ancient Song Doula Services.

Trish holds a Masters in Education and has been published in the Huffington Post, the Stanford Social Innovation Review, the Nonprofit Quarterly, and many other publications.

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