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Our Services

 

Facilitated Dialogue, Workshops,
and Retreats

BridgePeople believes that the truth is the greatest antidote to injustice, and that only by having necessary conversations can we begin to build a new world.  To that end, we facilitate racial dialogue and other difficult conversations. We also work with our clients to co-create transformational workshops and retreats that are trauma-informed and healing-centered.

 

Our signature workshop is called “Beyond Diversity & Inclusion, Towards Equity, Belonging, and Justice” and it is the starting point for most of our clients. We help clients understand why D&I is just the starting point, and that our end goal must be equity and justice. This learning experience leverages approaches for collective healing and is customized to each client’s unique needs. Normally this workshop includes:

  • Developing shared language for conversations across differences

  • Exploring the historical context to create a common understanding of existing problems and conflict legacies

  • Reflecting on our own contributions to systemic injustice, as individuals and in our relationships, including self-love, compassion, and forgiveness

  • Developing agreements for racial dialogue and other difficult conversations

  • Nurturing relationships that move us towards collaborative problem-solving and creative non-violent conflict

 

Other learning experiences the BridgePeople Network offers include:

  • Emergent strategy: Leading through change

  • Non-violent communication and conflict resolution

  • Trauma-informed leadership

  • Leading with equity and emotional intelligence

  • Facilitating effective, equitable, and inclusive meetings

  • Developing and aligning to your organizational values

  • Inclusive decision-making for leaders

  • Advancing accountability within teams

  • Dismantling white supremacy culture and anti-Blackness in the workplace

  • Liberating organizations: Creating alternatives to a culture of domination

  • Decolonizing aid: Improved equity practices across borders

  • Equipping emerging leaders (for new leaders)

  • Having difficult conversations

  • Building leadership coaching skills

  • Resilience in the midst of change, uncertainty, and growth

  • Leading generative and productive conflict

  • Leading remote teams equitably 

  • Horizontal leadership: leading without hierarchies

 

Strategic Consulting
and Culture Transformation

Organizations committed to creating environments of belonging for all staff must integrate their racial equity and social justice work into every aspect of their strategy, operations, and the organizational DNA. We facilitate strategic planning processes that move conversations beyond the superficial, and toward deep engagement with key stakeholders to center the needs of those most impacted by systemic racism and other forms of exclusion.

 

In many instances, a culture transformation process is required in order to achieve equitable outcomes. We partner with our clients to identify opportunities for culture transformation, facilitate participatory visioning for the future, and help build short-, medium-, and long-term plans to bridge the gap from the current existing culture to the desired end vision.

 

Some of the strategic consulting services we offer include:

  • Culture transformation: Creating a culture of equity

  • Strategic planning, including culturally appropriate stakeholder engagement

  • Customized communications strategies

  • Audits of organizational communications, policies, and practices

  • Development of systems and processes

  • Change management and equitable decision-making

 

You have the right profile to partner with BridgePeople's strategic culture transformation if: 

  • Your organization lacks diversity—at the senior leadership level or at any or 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 within the organization or on their teams, and/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 cliques, gossip, or persistent complaining are commonplace.

  • Your leadership team does not currently reflect the diversity of your staff and/or the communities you serve.

  • You need a framework and assessment tools to measure equity practices within your programs and/or staff management. 

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

  • Your organization is ready to invest in creating a culture of equity by integrating equity principles into all aspects of your strategy.

Executive Coaching for Inclusive Leadership

We support inclusive leaders in defining their own success and creating a plan to get there, while providing accountability and partnership along the way. In addition, we equip emerging and executive leaders to facilitate culturally appropriate honest and productive dialogue on equity, diversity, and inclusion that fosters relationships and helps everyone be seen and heard.

 

Some of the executive coaching services we offer include:

  • Leading with equity at the center

  • Global, regional, and local cultural competencies

  • Leading through change, conflict, or crisis

  • Emotional or spiritual support for social justice leaders

  • Inner peace and self-knowledge practices

  • Executive action and learning plans

 

You have the right profile to work with BridgePeople's coaches if: 

  • You have been promoted to the executive level, 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 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.