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Race, Whiteness, and Racial Equity

I have 30 years of experience working on racial equity with white people, people of color, and Indigenous people. I am the former Mayor of Minneapolis and spent a total of twelve years as an elected official, as Council Member and then Mayor. As an elected leader I held an explicit
focus on anti-racist policy change and enrolling white people in the work of racial equity. As a result, I not only support your efforts for change through understanding theory, but I understand from experience what it is like to sit in the change-driver’s seat.

My approach is distinct in three key ways: I separate the white person from the conditioning of whiteness (what I call the white sodality); I focus on what is in it for us as white people to do the work of anti-racism; and I am thoughtfully able to meet white people where our experiences meet the social systems. In all settings, whether multi-racial or white affinity, I am unsparing about the pernicious effects of white racial conditioning while unwavering in my belief in the fundamental goodness of white people.

I work with clients to create a tailored plan to meet organizational needs for boards, leadership, staff, clients, and members.

Offerings include:

  • White Sodality 101 workshop (half day and one day)
  • Multi-day white sodality workshops, taking place over days or weeks,
    that can include:

    • The basics of white conditioning/white sodality, the harms of the
      sodality, and concrete steps and actions participants can take
    • White sodality and systems change processes
    • Strategic planning process for racial equity change, including
      change management with a focus on managing through resistance
  • Facilitation and/or support for on-going white sodality groups
  • Coaching
    • Group coaching for teams or leadership groups
    • One-on-one coaching, including executive and leadership
      coaching
  • Keynote addresses including White Sodality 101; Leading While White;
    and What’s The Deal With Us White Progressives
  • Participation in conferences, lecture series, and other formats including
    panel compilation and moderation, panel participation, and workshops
  • Review of policy, strategy, and communication
  • Bespoke offerings to more fully meet the needs of the client

Additional Areas of Expertise

I also share my experience, strength, and hope from decades of experience as an academic, elected official, and person in recovery. These include

Leadership:

  • Workshops, including:
    • Leading through Disruption: Crisis
    • Leading Through Disruption: Diversity
  • Coaching
    • Group coaching for teams or leadership groups
    • One-on-one coaching, including executive and leadership coaching
  • Keynote address, including Managing Through Resistance
  • Participation in conferences, lecture series, and other formats including panel compilation and moderation, panel participation, and workshops
  • Review of policy, strategy, and communication

Women and Executive Leadership:

  • Multi-gender workshops, including:
    • Navigating gender bias in the workplace
  • Coaching
    • Group coaching for teams or leadership groups
    • One-on-one coaching, including executive and leadership coaching
  • Participation in conferences, lecture series, and other formats including panel compilation and moderation, panel participation, and workshops
  • Review of policy, strategy, and communication

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