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We value and are deeply committed to offering services that help create individuals who have high levels of self-awareness; individuals who advocate for themselves; individuals who are critically reflective of their own lives, who take initiative, who cultivate opportunities through different kinds of people; individuals who lead in authenticity.
We value and are deeply committed to offering services that help create organizations that are trustworthy, that are committed to ending systemic racism, sexism, heterosexism etc.; organizations committed to diversity, inclusion and equity; organizations that invest in their employees and communities; organizations that care.
We are Activists. We Act for Social Justice. We Act for Inclusive Communities.
Yolanda Speaks offers presentations on diversity and inclusion that center in self awareness and self-management. We believe that many Americans are familiar with individualism, as a core national value. It is important to also contemplate the difference between individualism and self-awareness. For us, self-awareness is a way of life. A life dedicated to silence, to critical self assessment, to extraordinary self-care. It takes time and commitment to tune inward with courage and positive regard. Uncovering biases is just an entryway to a lifelong process of observing and correcting conditioning.
Many of us lead or aspire to lead. More than ever before, a leader must understand herself regarding her ability to work effectively with others from various backgrounds. Leaders must understand themselves. What are our deeply held beliefs about black people, homosexuals, Christians, etc.? Are we attached to these beliefs or are we willing to let them go for the greater good of the organization, our communities, our families? At Yolanda Speaks we are committed to presentations that help participants get and stay on "the royal path."
"Self-awareness is the Royal path" Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj
Retreat participants will be given simple mindfulness meditation instruction to assist in introspection and relaxation
Participants will create or update their leadership value statements focusing on diversity and inclusion
When possible participants are asked to self- reflect outside on walks in silence.
Participants will be given racial prompts or questions and asked to reflect and write.
Self-Awareness- Leading Diverse Inclusive Teams, Leading with Emotional Intelligence
Participants will listen and share in candid discussions with other leaders using "the power of the pause"
We have the human tendency to avoid difficult conversations. What makes a conversation difficult? Very often our fear of the emotions these conversations may evoke, keeps us from having crucial conversations at work. Empathy, tuning into and sensing the emotions of others, understanding other’s perspectives, and taking active interest in the concerns of others, can make what once were difficult conversations more manageable.
In Empathy: A Key to Having Difficult Conversations, participants are asked to increase their mastery of the core components of emotional intelligence, especially empathy. Unique to this training is a tool called: Social Conflict Inventory Tool. Using this tool, participants write/draw out conflict for inventory and personal reflection and improvement. As over-all communication skills improve, difficult conversations become opportunities to practice mastery.