I am an educator and consultant with more than 10 years experience in the field of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. I have trained senior leaders across sectors and have developed measurement tools for organizations, helping improve their diversity outcomes.
Additionally, I have designed and led peace building projects for communities in conflict, specifically in Cowlitz and Clark Counties, WA.
I live in Portland, and am currently experiencing the most challenging and rewarding management experience: parenting my two daughters, aged 18 and 4, who are teaching me about friendship and Motherhood.
Since the integration of the idea that inclusion is a desirable feature of an equitable work environment, my aim has been to assist organizations in making the shift that reflects their unique vision and equity goals, to create innovative, equitable and inclusive design, and to consistently deliver effective assessment, plans, and implementation.
I stick to classic design philosophy:
Design for people. For equity initiatives to reach beyond diversity, the plan designer must put the people of the organization, their needs and aspirations at the heart of the design.
Design for a need. It is human nature to want to look better, feel better, communicate better and deliver the best product. While promoting and hiring a diverse workforce facilitates some of these goals, I have the foresight to identify and address the needs that truly move companies toward their equity and inclusion goals and improve the bottom line.
Design for relevance and effectiveness. My assessment examines the long range implications of the recommendations to ensure a plan and results that will endure and reduce unintended inequitable outcomes over time.
The questions are: does it solve a problem of access? Is it sustainable? Who will be impacted over the next 10 years?
Seek inspiration and design differently. Without inspiration and a deep belief in every human's capacity to have a transformative experience, I wouldn't be able to love this work. I find inspiration in life itself. My creativity is fueled by opening myself to the inherent inspiration and vulnerability of the lived experience. Therefore, it is not enough to know my clients, answer their needs, or create effective products. My Equity & Inclusion plans and designs must be unique and motivate my clients. Together my clients and I are committed to daring to be different.
"To be outstanding--get comfortable with being uncomfortable."