In the Area Productions offers speaking and processing sessions (for individuals and groups). Reach out to start a conversation and learn more.
Speaking — Testimonial-giving and Q & A
I believe that antiracism work needs to start internally and be grounded in our humanness. Earlier in my career, as a cis white male leader, I had good values and intentions — yet I wasn’t enacting the change needed at the organizations I was a part of. What I learned is that we can’t talk about organizations evolving without talking about individuals evolving.
That’s why my speaking orients around testimonial-giving. In talking about my journey and giving concrete examples of steps individuals and organizations can take to advance their antiracism values, I hope to offer a real-life case study that progress is not only achievable — but will also strengthen your company in every facet. As white people, we can be guilty of over-intellectualizing, so I attempt to make things less abstract when I speak.
Each engagement rounds out with community-building — in the form of a conversational Q & A. Speaking engagements are perfect for public, private, and nonprofit sector groups wanting to make progress on antiracism and looking for support to gain momentum.
What my speaking covers:
- My own antiracism progression, covering the kind of struggles so many other white leaders also grapple with
- Why a journey of self-love and healing is necessary, in order to better advance racial equity
- The importance of allocating time and money to this work
- How to embed this work into the DNA of organizations
- How to support a culture of inclusion and distributed leadership
I offer customized processing sessions for individual white leaders — as well as small groups — who are feeling stuck in making meaningful change rooted in antiracism and who are wanting to do better. I hold space for people to process and gain insight in a safe, confidential way — one that doesn’t cause further harm in multi-racial spaces.
Each session is customizable. General themes are:
- Moving through discomfort and a fear of conflict
- Shedding perfectionism and embracing possibility instead of probability
- Ways to actually distribute power and use our privilege for good