Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Dr. Imani Woody has been invited by the White House, National Center for Lesbian Rights, and Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders to serve as a panelist at the National LGBT Elder Housing Summit. The summit will take place Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the White House.
Dr. Woody was recently featured in the Washington Post for her initiative to transform the bungalow where she grew up in Washington DC into communal housing for elderly gay people. Woody’s project evolved from more than a decade of work with people who are aging, African American and gay.
“I am honored to be invited to the National LGBT Elder Housing Summit and to share what I’ve learned regarding the creation of an alternative housing environment that is indeed welcoming and focuses on the relational needs of LGBT older adults,” says Dr. Woody. “The Standards for Excellence®: An Ethics and Accountability Code for the Nonprofit Sector, developed by the Standards for Excellence Institute, will serve as a valuable resource for Mary’s House for Older Adults, Inc. as we move forward in raising money and building a stronger nonprofit organization.”
Dr. Woody participated in the Standards for Excellence Licensed Consultant Training program in October 2012, and has been an advocate of women, people of color and LGBT issues for more than 20 years. Presently, she is the Principle of IWF Consulting, LLC, a full service consulting firm that works in the areas of Board and Staff Development, Talent Acquisition, Executive Coaching, Customer Service Training, Diversity and Inclusion, the Affordable Care Act and other health insurance benefit information. She has served as the pro bono coordinator of the D.C. Bar, and has worked at the National Association of Protection and Advocacy, the Mautner Project for Lesbians with Cancer, National Caucus and Center on Black Aged, and AARP. Dr. Woody is a member of the Advisory Committee to the DC Mayor’s Office of GLBT Affairs, is a program officer for the Older Adults Advisory Council for Older Adults of the Metropolitan Community Churches, is the Chair of SAGE Metro DC, and is an Advisory Board member of the SAGE National Resource Center on LGBT Aging. She has a PhD in Human Services specializing in non-profit management, a Master of Human Services degree from Lincoln University, and is a graduate of Georgetown University’s Paralegal program. She presently lives in Washington DC with her wife of 14 years.