Washington Consulting Group expertise includes designing and delivering workshops that range from 90 minutes to 5 or more days. We will consult with your organization to develop a particular thematic or subject matter session(s) to meet your needs. Our workshops are grounded in human development, leadership, and management theory.
We, also, offer workshops that are specifically based in Christian
teaching and liberation theology.
All sessions are interactive and engaging. We employ multiple techniques for learning, such as: short lectures, readings, small and large group dialogues, “like-group caucusing”, music, art, visioning, video and more.
Leadership and Diversity in the 21st Century
We live in an increasingly diverse and complex world. Leaders are required to sharpen their awareness, deepen their knowledge and develop skills in order to be more effective engaging across and within difference. Effective leaders know themselves, and how to manage and engage others in difficult situations. However, this expectation is too often met with disappointment. This session is designed to provide tools and concepts needed to lead a diverse population with an equitable lens.
Finding the Spirit Within: Exploring Spirituality and Leadership
Do you shy away from conversations related to spirituality? Do you feel your spiritual work life is healthy? As a leader, does spirituality matter in the workplace? Are conversations about spiritual differences rare, seasonal, or not at all? When engaging this topic are folks often resistant and shut down? Engage in a healthy discussion about how spirituality, our way of knowing and or meaning-making impacts and informs leadership. This session offers principles and key concepts to help individuals effectively stay in the conversation.
Who Moved My Cheese: Managing Organization Change
The one thing that is constant is change. Many organizations struggle with how to navigate this dynamic process. This session is designed to help participants see that change is inevitable, and how to best work with self and others managing systemic change in effective ways.
Honest Dialogue Across Race
Many feel and have said, “We have made it: racism is over. Now that we have had a Black President, all is well. Let’s talk about other things.” However, everyday, in the workplace many are experiencing racial inequities and microaggressions. These behaviors mandate our continuous education about the dynamics of race in order to move toward racial equity. This session is designed to help participants move beyond surface and political correct conversations`, into deep, authentic transformative race-focus dialogues.
One More River to Cross: The Intersection of Racism and Heterosexism
“I can’t hide that I’m a person of color! You get to choose to come out or not.” “I thought my Black friends would be more accepting when I came out, because they understand oppression- I was wrong!” Comments like these amplify the need for us to engage the intersections of Racism and Heterosexism. Are the dynamics the same? What are the similarities and differences? This robust and thought-provoking workshop is designed to answer these questions.
Understanding and Engaging Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Issues
Sexual orientation and gender identity issues continue to prevail in our pop culture. Often sex and gender are conflated; and many grapple with gender identity. How is sexual orientation different than sexual behavior? What is F to M and M to F? What do you mean by gender neutral pronouns? Engaging these issues require an understanding of the components of sexuality and more. This workshop is designed to support your group at whatever level needed. It can be designed as a basic introduction of concepts or about more complex issues of system oppression and the intersection of sexuality and other social identities.
Conflicts Within: Working with Historically Oppressed Populations on Healing and Action
Women, Disabled People, People of Color, the LGBTQ+ community, and other historically excluded populations often deal with the tension of being “too much or not enough”. There is often identity-based conflict in the workplace, and leaders have very little understanding or ability to manage them. Many leaders feel fear, shame or even guilt because of incompetency, thus exacerbating the conflict. This session is designed to address the work that’s needed to deal with internalized oppression and horizontal prejudices and hostility.
Supervision Across Difference: Avoiding the Pitfalls
“I want people to come to work and just do their jobs!” “I don’t think race, gender and or who you sleep with should matter in supervision!” These statements are just two of many that reflect the need for all who work within an organization to learn how and why understanding that difference matters in the workplace- both supervisor and supervisee. This session is particularly design to create space for those who supervise to learn skills and discover ways to avoid common pitfalls and navigate the dynamics of difference.
Religious and Spiritual Diversity and Pluralism: The Road Less Traveled
Buddhist, Jewish, Christian, Moslem (Muslim), Agnostic, Wiccan, Hindu, Native Spirit and so many other ways of knowing/understanding informs the way we attempt to make sense of our lives and our worldviews. How do we live, learn and grow in community, with such numerous diverse beliefs and faith? This session is designed to help leaders and all members, of a campus and other communities, explore their personal journeys and engage with others in authentic dialogue building a more religious and spiritual pluralistic community.
Sexism: A Man’s Issue
How do men talk with other men? What does it mean to have male privilege? How does male privilege differ for men of color or men who identify as bisexual or gay? Are men hurt by sexism too? Can women be sexist towards men? In an age where gender complexity is alive and well, there is need for spaces to hold honest and authentic dialogue. This session is designed to engage men and women on sexism from the perspective of maleness.
Creating and Sustaining Social Justice Institutional Change
Are you tired of diversity programs, diversity committees and task forces that collect data and do nothing with it? Do you feel like you are spinning your wheels and can’t get any traction? This session is designed to help you assess where your organization gets stuck and what are the steps needed to move beyond diversity programs towards institutional and culture change
Black and Brown Relations in Higher Education and America
Are Latinx the new Blacks as we gait along the 21st century? Does your student organization, fraternity or sorority welcome Black and Brown members? Do you have programs on your campus attempting to represent the experiences of the Black and or Latinx population while unintentionally leaving others out? How does higher education and societal discourse represent Black and Brown people? Can we assume Black and Brown as accurate representations of multiple experiences? What are the opportunities and challenges faced by leaders of Black and Brown communities to intentionally cultivate a stronger people of color community? This session will be real talk led by dynamic brothers that will charge, inspire, challenge you.
SAY WHAT YOU NEED
Washington Consulting Group is a firm of skilled organizational change and human resource management professionals. We can design coaching sessions, retreats, workshops or keynotes to meet your particular needs. Our team is proficient in areas of leadership development, team building, conflict resolution, DEI and social justice issues, community relations, organizational management, cultural change, and religion/spirituality. Feel free to schedule a consultation to discuss how Washington Consulting Group can serve you.
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