HELPING CREATE CULTURES THAT WORK FOR EVERYONE.
ASSESSMENTS AND CHANGE PROJECTS
We partner with you to envision the desired culture and put in place the behaviors, norms, structural processes, and policies to achieve the future state. We provide strategic planning, leadership coaching, training and workshops, conflict management, assessment and evaluations.
VISIONING & PLANNING
We facilitate a dynamic and inclusive planning process to generate a shared vision, deep buy-in, and an action plan for implementation. This can be done at the organization level with DEI and Culture embedded and integrated into the strategic plan, and/or can be a stand-alone plan specifically addressing culture change.
We facilitate meetings and retreats to engage in rich and powerful dialogue, achieve consensus on priorities, and commitments to action. Our facilitations are highly interactive and engaging and use multiple methodologies. These could also be paired with an educational component for raising awareness around key concepts.
We provide deep and powerful individual support to help people become lead culture change and DEI efforts more effectively and for modeling their espoused values in the organization. We also facilitate “peer coaching” processes for teams to develop internal coaching skills and support one another.
Our workshops impact the head, hands, and heart by providing conceptual knowledge, engage at the emotional level, and help participants develop skills for behavior change. Workshops could be stand-alone or done in conjunction with larger culture change efforts.
A diverse team of consultants, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion leaders, and coaches who are committed to creating culture change that works. Our philosophy is “All In.” This means we are All In for your success and will help you generate a culture where every person in the team and organization is All In.
Our team has over 50 years of combined experience working with leaders on complex organizational change projects and in DEI and culture change. We bring diversity in many dimensions including our race, gender, age, nationality, languages and cultures and more.
WE WORK WITH
We work with leaders, teams, and organizations who are ready to engage in challenging conversations, want to generate buy-in to sustainable change and are committed to creating an equitable and inclusive workplace.
Our team members have worked with client organizations ranging from local organizations to multinational organizations in nonprofit, education, government and corporate settings.
We were tired of the culture change initiatives that were "off the shelf" solutions, check-the-box, and did not honor the unique culture of each organization. And we - several seasoned individual consultants - wanted to practice what we preach by doing this work in a collective, no longer only as solo practitioners.
We came together to build a new and innovative way to meet the demands for creating inclusive cultures in today's modern and complex workplaces.
We recognize your expertise and your lived experience in your organization and each person's expertise based on their their social identities.
We engage in candid and trust-based conversations and co-create solutions together. We challenge people to bring their full selves into relationships.
We foster inclusion for everyone, period. We design processes and experiences to engage the full set of diversity in your organization.
We deliver on what we say we will do and we do our best to walk our talk. We promise to be honest with your organization and teams.
We honor each person's inherent worth, their different experiences, unique perspectives, and potential for contributing to the greater good.
For myself, my ancestors, and my descendants, I actively work to dismantle the oppressive white supremacist narratives that exist within myself and the organizations and systems I serve. As a consultant, I specialize in multilevel data collection, group dynamics, and organizational healing facilitation. I am also the Co-Founder of Comfort Kitchen, a restaurant and community space that aims to transform the food industry from the inside out by centering the immigrant experience and their contribution to the food ecosystem in America. I hold a Master's Degree in Organization Development from American University and a Bachelor's Degree in Counseling Psychology from Lesley University.
As a multiracial person growing up in a diverse area in terms of race, cultures, and socioeconomic status, I learned firsthand how critical it is for people to feel a sense of belonging and how important it is to honor people’s identities and backgrounds. I've seen and experienced what happens when people are excluded based on identity and the powerful transformation that can only happen when diversity is present. Bringing over 15 years of working with organizations on change and transformation, I help people have powerful conversations, honor different perspectives, and shift behaviors and cultures. I completed a Masters of Organization Development from American University, am a Certified Professional Diversity Coach and serve as adjunct faculty in Georgetown’s Strategic Diversity & Inclusion Certificate Program.
Senior DEI Consultant
Born in South Carolina and raised in the black Baptist church, I had an insatiable curiosity to understand the South’s nuanced history related to race, my place in that story as a black man, and how the Christian faith could be used as a tool to heal or weapon to hurt. This curiosity set me on a personal exploration, which turned into a professional journey as I pursued and earned a Master in Health Administration from the Medical University of South Carolina. Throughout my career in healthcare and in diversity, equity and inclusion, I have led initiatives centered on addressing health disparities, improving language access, and increasing cultural humility among teams. I have been fortunate to collaborate with healthcare providers, faith leaders, high school and college students, and business leaders in helping them to create welcoming and inclusive cultures where all can thrive.
Organizational Change Strategist
Growing up I rebelled against ‘girly’ things, jumped at the chance to play sports when Title IX opened up opportunities for girls and was usually the only girl in the trumpet section. This fostered my feminist persepctive. I also grew up the younger sister of a brother with special needs. Observing how the world treated him and how systems were not set up with him in mind helped me begin to appreciate the challenges of those that our society marginalizes. As I deepen my practice, I continue to learn how my white privilege impacts my experience. My passion is helping organizations cultivate healthy, inclusive cultures that express their values, fostering learning, creativity and results. I have a Master of Science in Organization Development from American University and a Bachelor of Arts from Swarthmore College, where I studied history and anthropology.
I believe in the importance of engaging the whole person (mind, body, emotions, spirit, and identity) to create change. Structural injustice and organizational culture--those were formed by people, their interactions, their decisions and their bodies--and those structures and cultures have impacts on other people's bodies. As a facilitator and leadership coach with expertise in organization development (OD), I work with groups and individuals to deepen learning, foster communication, and elicit effective collaboration among diverse stakeholders. I work with leaders of all types and have a special passion for those newer to leadership and those who hold societal privilege and want to address their roles in creating more justice and equity. I am a certified yoga teacher, have a regular mindfulness practice and, when appropriate, bring these and other somatic tools to my clients.
Nathaniel H. Benjamin
I am the wildest version of my ancestor’s dreams and I stand on their shoulders – reflecting on their sacrifices in everything that I do. I approach the space of Diversity and Inclusion as not only a profession, but as a passion that’s taken hold of my life’s work. As graduate of Johns Hopkins University, University of Baltimore and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, my educational endeavors led me into a marketable career in Human Resources -- working in the C-suite level --managing workforce planning, strategy, policy and talent management. But to “really” understand how an organization works, I later found that you must understand its people… the diversity of those who make an organization thrive. I bring 17 years of experience as an organizational Change Agent and a D&I Strategist, ready to exceed your organizational needs.
I approach this work as an opportunity to continue building bridges across racial and cultural boundaries. Over the past 15 years, I have led and supported organizational change projects on various levels in faith-based and non-profit organizations, and in secondary education. I have also provided academic, college, and career support to diverse student populations in Maryland and Virginia. I am passionate about working with leaders to improve their organizations through coaching, workshop and meeting facilitation, and organizational development. I am the founder of Teaiiano Leadership Solutions and a recurring presenter at Regent University's Annual Research Roundtables. I have also published scholarly articles on coaching, organization change, well-being, and employee engagement. Above all, I enjoy being a husband and a dad. By helping to establish more inclusive organizational cultures, I am shaping the type of workplace where my daughters can thrive in their future careers.
Several times throughout my adult life, I chose to live abroad, most recently as an immigrant from Germany in the US. These experiences have given me great exposure to different cultures, ways of thinking and doing things, as well as benefits and challenges of diverse (work) environments. My work experience in Diversity & Inclusion is founded on being a D&I manager at corporate America. I develop and implement D&I mindsets from scratch for whole organizations, supported by my 15 years HR background. My goal for D&I is for organizations to become truly diverse and inclusive to ensure development and engagement of all. I believe that D&I can improve business results through higher team member’s engagement. Understanding that people may be on different levels with experiences and exposure to D&I, one of my immediate main goals is to educate and raise awareness to the topic. Every organization has opportunities to adapt to progressive working cultures to ensure the needs and expectations of today’s workforce are met.
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