Virtual Non-Profit Book Club

Bi-weekly sessions bring together non-profit professionals, including those who are emerging, underemployed or unemployed, and/or board members and other volunteers, to consider how they can invest in equitable and socially just practices, and impact change in their organizations and the sector at large. Bi-weekly virtual sessions are focused on fostering a rich dialogue, providing necessary space to reflect on topics relevant to the sector, share struggles and successes, and build a network of diverse non-profit peers.

Fall 2023 Book

Radical candor: be a kick-ass boss without losing your humanity

A bit about the book

“​​Radical Candor is a simple idea: to be a good boss, you have to Care Personally at the same time that you Challenge Directly. When you challenge without caring it’s obnoxious aggression; when you care without challenging it’s ruinous empathy. When you do neither it’s manipulative insincerity.

This simple framework can help you build better relationships at work, and fulfill your three key responsibilities as a leader: creating a culture of feedback (praise and criticism), building a cohesive team, and achieving results you’re all proud of.

Radical Candor offers a guide to those bewildered or exhausted by management, written for bosses and those who manage bosses. Taken from years of the author’s experience, and distilled clearly giving actionable lessons to the reader; it shows managers how to be successful while retaining their humanity, finding meaning in their job, and creating an environment where people both love their work and their colleagues.”

Source: GoodReads



Registration fees recognize the work of our team in preparing for and leading discussions. If we are successful in securing a high number of registrations additional funds may go towards guest speakers and other exciting initiatives.

We recognize not everyone has access to equal resources. When you register, you’ll be asked to choose a fee level that aligns with your circumstances:

Do you work for an organization that has a professional development budget and/or personally earn an annual salary greater than $50,000?

→ Choose the full-price option: $100 Virtual Book Club

Do you work for an organization without a professional development budget and/or personally earn an annual salary between $35,000 and $50,000? 

→ Choose the half-price option: $50 Virtual Book Club

Are you passionate about non-profit work but currently unemployed, underemployed, a student, or in a low-wage entry-level position? 

→ Choose the quarter-price option: $25 Virtual Book Club

Sponsored and PWYC registration may be available. Please contact for more information. No one will be turned away for lack of funds.

Note: Ivy + Dean Consulting can provide a copy of Radical Candor: Be a Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity for an additional $30 (includes delivery). However, we encourage folks to borrow copies from pals or check out their local library for free copies.


All sessions take place over the noon hour.


Optional Context:

  • Introduction (xix – xxviii)
  • How to Use This Book (xxix – xxxi)

Week One: October 10, 2023

  • A New Management Philosophy: Build Radically Candid Relationships (pages 1 – 18)
  • A New Management Philosophy: Get, Give, and Encourage Guidance (pages 19 – 42)

Week Two: October 24, 2023

  • A New Management Philosophy: Understand What Motivates Each Person on Your Team (pages 43 – 74)
  • A New Management Philosophy: Drive Results Collaboratively (pages 75 – 110)

Week Three: November 7, 2023

  • Tools & Techniques: Relationships (pages 111 – 128)
  • Tools & Techniques: Guidance (pages 129 – 172)

Week Four: November 21, 2023

  • Tools & Techniques: Team (pages 173 – 198)
  • Tools & Techniques: Results (pages 199 – 226)

About the Facilitator

Risa Payant (she/her) was raised in rural Saskatchewan and returned to Treaty 4 territory after completing her education at the University of British Columbia. With over two decades of experience in the nonprofit sector, she is passionate about supporting nonprofit leadership in developing strategic, sustainable, and just approaches to their work. Her holistic approach to nonprofit health champions progressive governance, team building, crisis management, public and private fund development, public engagement, and programming.

Prior to joining the Ivy + Dean Consulting team as Chief Operations Officer and Principal Consultant in 2023, Risa contributed to Saskatchewan’s vibrant arts scene through positions at SK Arts, the Regina Folk Festival, and the MacKenzie Art Gallery. From 2015 to 2023, her leadership capacities were refined through subsequent Executive Director roles at Common Weal Community Arts and Planned Parenthood Regina. Risa is an active volunteer who currently serves as Treasurer of Briarpatch Magazine and President of the Regina Folk Festival.