We are pleased to offer you consulting and coaching services that will propel you and your organization forward! 

We are a full-service diversity and consulting firm, helping you to develop a culturally inclusive workplace where everyone feels like they belong and are free to soar!

We also offer personal and professional coaching to break through obstacles and limiting perceptions, and unlock your unlimited potential.

Dena Samuels, PhD.

Mindfulness-Based Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Author, Speaker, Leadership Trainer & Inspiration Coach  
Pronouns: she/her/hers (click here for info on pronouns)

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INCLUSION BEGINS WITH YOU!

As a Diversity and Inclusion Consulting firm, we offer a wide variety of options for building culturally inclusive environments in organizations and institutions. We also offer personalized online one-on-one coaching for people looking to move forward in their lives.

We provide the tools to empower people and organizations on their success journey.  

Our Mission is to Build Inclusiveness Among an Increasingly Diverse Population

As our country becomes more multicultural, there is a greater need for understanding, better communication, and greater respect for the differences between us. More and more campuses/schools/organizations are beginning to appreciate the benefits of building and maintaining a diverse workplace. Because identities of difference (race, gender, sexuality, etc.), are often considered taboo subjects, we don’t always have the language or the knowledge we need to speak about these issues without the fear of offending others. Too often this can lead to misperceptions and misunderstandings. This needs to change.

I offer a full-service firm that can help you get the conversation started (or to guide it forward in a productive way). Consulting is one of my favorite ways to be of service because I get to meet so many different people, from diverse companies, with diverse landscapes. No two clients are the same; so I get to tailor my presentations and executive coaching to their specific needs.

Let’s take your organization to the Next Level!

FOR BUSINESSES

Mindful Leadership Development for Your Conscious Business

I provide engaging keynotes, workshops, and seminars to organizations and institutions nationally and internationally. The focus is on integrating diversity and building cultural inclusiveness within any workplace: office, campus, classroom, meeting, etc.

All presentations:

     are interactive

     offer an intersectional approach (focusing on race, gender, sexuality, and other social identities).

     are tailored to the specific needs of your organization

Often discrimination happens in classrooms and organizations because of engrained stereotypical thoughts and ideas we have been taught to believe as true. These ideas are so imbedded in our brains we actually believe they are “natural” or the “norm.” This keynote/ workshop asks us to consider our own biases and their consequences, and provides strategies for minimizing bias and stereotypes to create a more inclusive educational environment.

OPTION: take your Implicit Bias Training for your business to the Next Level by adding:

Add Minimizing Microaggressions Training to your keynote/workshop to integrate interactive skill-building. After taking this training, you have the option to include a hands-on practice session! Organization members are more likely to take action in their workplace environments if they have had a chance to practice intervening in difficult situations. 

We partner with Mursion, a virtual reality (VR) live-action simulation that allows organization members the opportunity to practice what they have learned from our training. VR is the next frontier in training. 

I approach Leadership as a verb. It is something everyone in your organization should be exhibiting and modeling every day.

Cultural inclusion affects all organization members, and can affect recruitment and retention, and ultimately, your bottom line. Through seminars and/or one-on-one executive coaching, I can help you develop leaders who know their unconscious biases and have the skills to choose to behave more inclusively. This is inclusive excellence.

Many businesses are incorporating Mindful Leadership training into their strategic plans and professional development because it helps employees:

     reduce stress by focusing on the present moment;

     remain calm under pressure so they can respond rather than react;

     stay healthy by increasing their resilience after a stressful situation

Studies show, some of the many benefits of Mindfulness include:

     increased health, wellness, and morale of employees;

     fewer sick days (saving organizations & corporations millions each year);

     better, more thoughtful decisions;

     more effective leadership

What can Mindfulness do for your organization?

Join the many organizations and institutions that are using my book, The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World (Teachers College Press, 2014) as an all-organization or all-campus read. I can come to your organization to facilitate a book club discussion – transforming old school “mandatory diversity trainings” into a Meet the Author event that your members are excited to attend!

Now in its second printing, the book provides transformative steps for anyone to become more culturally inclusive.

Organizations that incorporate diversity and inclusion (D&I) as part of their strategic plan are more likely to succeed. How culturally inclusive is your organization?

I can help you build a D&I strategic plan that will meet the needs of your organization and will ensure that your resources are aligned with your D&I goals.

What Can Mindfulness Do for Your Organization?

FOR INDIVIDUALS

NOW is the Time to Tap into Your UNLIMITED Potential for
Self-Empowerment, Connection, and Belonging!

As my own mindfulness practice has flourished, I don’t think it’s fair to keep it to myself! As such, my personalized coaching practice continues to expand and grow. All of my coaching is trauma-sensitive (as a trauma survivor myself), and culturally inclusive. Although a few of my mindfulness practices are provided in my next book, when I am coaching a client, I am present, and so provide whatever guidance is needed in that moment, tailored to the client to assist them in their own healing and growth.

Mindfulness helps you to:

     • reduce stress by focusing on the present moment;

     remain calm under pressure so you can respond rather than react;

     stay healthy by increasing your resilience after a stressful situation

Studies show, some of the many benefits of Mindfulness include:

     increased health and wellness;

     fewer sick days;

     better, more thoughtful decisions;

     more effective leadership

What can Mindfulness do for you?

As an Author, Speaker,
Leadership Trainer and Inspiration Coach,
I am here to help you!

At heart, I am an educator with a passion for increasing your connection and sense of belonging in the world. I am also a springboard to help you reach your own inspired potential, and I often hear people say that they feel empowered after they have met with me or heard me speak.

Books for Sale

Among her many publications in the pedagogy of social justice, Dena Samuels, PhD is  author of The Culturally Inclusive Educator: Preparing for a Multicultural World (Columbia University’s Teachers College Press, 2014), already in its second printing. She is also co-editor of the anthology, The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Oppression and Privilege (McGraw-Hill, 2009), and author of Teaching Race, Gender, Class, and Sexuality (McGraw-Hill, 2009), a teaching guide that accompanies this volume. Her latest book, The Mindfulness Effect is available for pre-order below.
 
Follow the links below for access to recommended books.

How can mindfulness change your life, and your impact on the world? In addition to challenging and dismantling systemic inequalities we are facing globally, we must also reflect on ourselves, our life’s purpose, and the effect our social identities have on us and on others.

The Culturally Inclusive Educator asks educators to consider what they can do differently to create a welcoming, inclusive, and exciting environment for the 21st century. Based on the author’s national research and consulting work, this book examines the discrepancy between the current educational cultural climate and the need for educators and their institutions to prepare for a growing multicultural population.

The Matrix Reader promotes a commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to teaching race, class, gender, and sexuality. This approach introduces readers to core social identities and demonstrates how those identities are intersecting, multidimensional, and complex. Unlike most books of its kind, The Matrix Reader highlights the duality of privilege and oppression and the effects that race, class, gender, and sexuality have on our lives. 

This teaching guide accompanies The Matrix Reader. It provides strategies for incorporating the topics of diversity and inclusiveness into the classroom, and includes techniques for managing emotions and encountering resistance. 

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