When the very cool Jamie Martin first got in touch with me about the Pipeline Project, I was shocked there was something going on I hadn’t heard about. Especially because it was something that sounded like SUCH a great idea. But it turns out that Pipeline is a group that stays mostly behind the scenes, helping others shine. Well, I think it’s THEIR turn in the limelight. So…what exactly IS Pipeline?
The Pipeline Project is a recruitment, retention, and leadership advancement initiative. The initiative’s goals are to produce programs and engage in activities that together represent a long-term effort to increase the number of people of color working within the nation’s LGBT rights, service and advocacy sector, and ultimately increase the level of diversity in the leadership of our movement.
So basically they are a group for people trying to help the LGBT persons of Color community. They train the trainers – teach them how to be heard, how to organize and how to get work done in the government, business and nonprofit sectors, among others. Their goal is to see more LEADERS from minority communities in the LGBT movement. After all, aren’t we all about wanting the lesser heard voices to have a seat at the table?
The Pipeline Project has some awesome programs…like the The 21st Century Fellows Program. It is a year-long program for LGBT people of color managers currently working at human rights, service and advocacy organizations, with an emphasis on those working at LGBT organizations. By working with specific individuals, the provision of leadership development support for people of color managers within LGBT organizations coupled with opportunities for those managers lets them connect with and learn from each other. Then there is the Organizational Change work.
The Pipeline Project works with organizations using individually-tailored processes in the style of strategic planning to assist managers, Executive Directors and Boards in understanding the historical and contextual reasons their organizations have had difficulty attracting and retaining people of color staff and Board members.
They even have a careers in the LGBT community website with jobs from across the nation!
I couldn’t be more excited to have Jamie and the team working here with several Pennsylvania organizations and I love being able to present them as a resource for businesses, LGBT community leaders and people seeing careers in the field of LGBT service and advocacy. Then them out at