Cultural Competencies for Leaders

BridgePeople supports the development of cultural competencies for leaders of diverse teams.  We support organizations of all sizes in creating inclusive and welcoming  environments, where all staff are free to fully contribute from their gifts.  We equip leaders to facilitate honest and productive dialogue that fosters relationships and helps everyone be seen and heard.   We help develop customized communication norms based on your organizational values, and demonstrate how to create and maintain the relationships necessary to create office/work spaces that are conducive to productivity and growth.  

You have the right profile to work with BridgePeople if:

  • Your organization lacks diversity, whether at the senior leadership level, or at all levels

  • Your organization has struggled to deliver on impact due to low employee morale

  • Staff from historically excluded or underrepresented groups do not feel a sense of inclusion and belonging in the organization or in their teams, or struggle to see themselves in the future of the organization

  • Your organization is struggling to manage staff through change and supervisors lack tools for change management

  • Communication in your organization is an after-thought, and is therefore ineffective 

  • Unhealthy or toxic practices, such as clicks, gossip, or persistent complaining are commonplace

Philanthropy Strategic Consulting

BridgePeople equips actors at all levels in the philanthropic sector to apply an equity lens to their work, with strong focus on relationship-building. Donors are supported in expanding the impact of their investments by ensuring that the projects they support are equipped to deliver impactful and inclusive culturally appropriate programs.  Nonprofit leaders are supported in developing the cultural competencies needed to lead their teams to serve their clients in culturally appropriate ways, and in developing fundraising strategies that are relational in nature, engaging donors as partners.

You have the right profile to work with BridgePeople if:

  • You are a philanthropist or grant-making organization and feel that your investments could be delivering greater impact

  • The organizations you support, or the organization that you lead, does not have a leadership team that reflects the diversity of the communities they serve

  • You could use a framework for assessing whether the organizations you support have the proper tools to implement equitable programs or manage staff equitably

  • You are a nonprofit leader ready to lead your organization through the necessary changes to become a more equitable and inclusive organization


Executive Leadership Coaching

BridgePeople supports diverse leaders in achieving their full potential through inner transformation, and inter-personal strategies that foster meaningful relationship-building.  We take into consideration the integral human being: mind, body, and spirit; and cater an experience of internal exploration and external results.  We support executives in defining their own success and creating a plan to get there, while providing accountability and partnership along the way.  


You have the right profile to work with BridgePeople if:

  • You have been promoted to the executive level because of your expertise; however, you often feel excluded or that your contributions are limited due to conscious or unconscious bias 

  • You feel strong pressure to assimilate to the organization's dominant culture, toxic as it may be, in order to get the work done

  • You are probably ready for your next challenge, but are at the crossroads of whether to find your next challenge at your current organization, or at a different one 

  • Maybe you are not yet an executive, but you know that you are ready to lead: whether within an organization, or with your own independent venture


Hello dear friend and colleague: 

Thanks for your interest in building bridges!

If you send me a message, I would

be delighted to connect with you

as soon as possible. 

Have a joyful day!

Itzbeth Menjívar

Founder & Chief Bridge-Builder

BridgePeople LLC