About My Work
“Conflict is the beginning of consciousness."--M. Esther Harding
It should come as no surprise then that I’ve also dedicated myself to a professional life that focuses on undoing.
My work is about facilitating the process of undoing. Unraveling the parts of ourselves that do not serve us. The parts of ourselves that stifle us. The parts that have a negative impact upon us and do not allow us to live, full productive lives.
All of us are doing our best with whatever tools we’ve been given. And yet, in spite of doing our best, we often find ourselves stuck. In a world that encourages a culture of “busy”, values like thoughtfulness, self-awareness, communication and genuine connection with others seem like luxuries that are increasingly difficult to tap into.
The lack of meaningful connection with others, combined with an inability to successfully work across differences, means we are often unable to manage conflict- at both interpersonal and organizational levels. And as the country and world become more dynamic and increasingly diverse, harnessing the ability to work with people of all ethnicities, religions and backgrounds is no longer a preferred skill but a requirement.
It is no secret that most of us do not like conflict. In fact, if you are anything like me, your natural tendency is to shy away from it. Conflict almost always makes our stomachs knot up, our hands feel terribly sweaty and produces various forms of anxiety in us. However, once we get past the initial discomfort of conflict and are able to fully express our needs and wants while listening to others and practicing empathy, rest assured that creativity, potential, personal and professional growth that are on the other side.
From years of personal and professional practice and experience, I believe that conflict, no matter how difficult or insurmountable it seems, can actually be undone. And when we have the tools to resolve conflict, we can live fully into our purpose and transform ourselves and the world!
At the core, I believe that in order to undo conflict, we need to undo what has been created within us before we can begin the process of building bridges. That means taking a good hard look at our own selves, our beliefs and how they serve to help us grow or remain stuck.
As a trainer, consultant and coach, I focus on the intersections of diversity, communication and conflict. My job is to help individuals and groups develop the skills and tools they need to successfully manage conflict, change and transition- whether its at work, with friends, family or some place else. I place special emphasis on developing an ability to work within culturally diverse environments. I believe that innovation, learning, meaningful change and fun can take place when we bridge culture, communication and conflict resolution.
I have had the opportunity to share my expertise in lots of settings and places. I began my career giving back to my hometown as a public school teacher in Baltimore City and have worked as an academic advisor and instructor at the university level, a trainer, curriculum developer, coach and consultant for government, non-profit and international organizations. I have worked in 16 different countries around the world and I’m a fluent speaker of Spanish.
If you are interested in beginning the process of undoing your conflict and unlocking your potential to live your most authentic life possible, feel free to contact me. I'd love to work with you!