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The Intentionally Engineer Inclusion™ Program Starts January 16, 2023

The Intentionally Engineer Inclusion™ Program is a cohort-based semi-asynchronous 12-week program that will begin January 16, 2023. For any person or team interested in expanding their leadership capacity by building practices and employing skills that facilitate equity, inclusion, and belonging for others, this program is a unique opportunity that brings together many of our research-based tools, strategies, and resources into a learning program that will drive personal and organizational results.

Early-Bird Registration extends until 11/1 with $500 savings. 

Our curricula

What We Teach

Our curricula is research-based and strategy-driven. With over a decade of experience writing and delivering equity-focused curriculum, we’ve optimized our programs to inspire awareness and initiate action.  

Our portfolio of curricula is ever-expanding, and we can adjust any program to meet the specific needs of your audience. Featured below are some of our newest programs, however we can teach to many topics like those included in the lists of expertise.

  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Engineering Education
  • Nontraditional CTE
  • Educational Equity
  • Self-Efficacy for Success
  • Cultural Responsiveness
  • Growth Mindset
  • Inclusive Learning Environments
  • Gender Equity
  • White Fragility
  • Anti-Racist Training
  • Perkins Legislation
  • Equity Coaching
  • Racial Equity
  • Equity Audits
  • STEM for Counselors
  • Implicit or Unconscious Bias
  • Problem Based Learning
  • Social and Emotional Learning
  • Strategic Planning for DEI
  • Organizational Culture and Climate
  • Inclusive Leadership
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Self-Efficacy for Success
  • Growth Mindset
  • Inclusive Work Environments
  • Gender Equity
  • White Fragility
  • Anti-Racist Training
  • Social Justice
  • Racial Equity
  • Equity Audits
  • Belonging
  • Implicit or Unconscious Bias
  • Strategic Planning for DEI
  • Organizational Culture and Climate

Signature Talk and workshop

How to Intentionally Engineer Inclusion™ and Belonging

Belonging and being valued are fundamental human needs. Each of us can facilitate structural belonging for those around us, which is imperative to create cultures, schools, teams, and organizations that drive equitable outcomes for historically marginalized and minoritized people. To Intentionally Engineer Inclusion™ and belonging, we can learn and employ practical strategies that enhance performance, collaboration, attendance, reduce turnover and cultivate every employee’s well-being and success. This talk examines a four-part, iterative, reflective, and reflexive framework for developing into an inclusive leader.

Core Curricula

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Self-Awareness for Social Justice

How can we stand for social justice, if we don’t know where we stand? The journey of self-awareness unravels our biases, unpacks our privilege, unclasps our position, and unoccupies power. Knowing “woke” words, and discussing social justice isn’t enough. We must take action within ourselves while we also take action in our communities.
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Find Your Sixth Sense: Asset Mindset

Our biases alter our perceptions, and influence our interactions with others. An asset mindset moves past implicit biases to see the value in others, and welcomes diverse ways of knowing and doing. We can transform and improve relationships by shifting from a deficit to an asset mindset. Change how you see colleagues, classmates, family or students by finding your sixth sense.

Inclusive Virtual Learning

Virtual learning can be a challenge, especially when we aim to create equitable and inclusive learning environments. In this workshop, we use active learning to practice using a variety of tools, yet also have generative discussions that facilitate more conversation around inclusive instructional strategies. Best practices are modeled throughout the session, and exercises allow participants to experiment with various technologies.

DEI Strategic Planning

Whether you want to develop a strategy for diversity, equity, and inclusion, evaluate the one you have, or invigorate efforts, we can help. We facilitate collaborative sessions that drive collective decisions for DEI in your organization.

Equal Opportunity Isn’t Equal for Everyone

Equal opportunity is both a legal term and colloquialism. We have “equal opportunity” employers, and many people hold beliefs that everyone has equal opportunity to success. Some might align this belief with the American Dream, rags to riches, or bootstrap ideologies. In this course, I’ll introduce specific historical and systemic reasons for why equal opportunity isn’t equal for everyone.

Deconstructing Bias in Systems

Our systems create what we programmed them to create. If our output doesn't match what we desire, how are we changing the system to facilitate an improved output? Climate is a function of the system and the people that hold it up. If we want DEI issues to be considered important, how does the system support that output? In this session, we'll learn strategies to influence the system around us to create an equitable and inclusive climate.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Mindset

In this session, we'll unpack the six characteristics of DEI mindset for educators and leave with strategies to apply to our practice.

Inclusive Engineering Design Practices

Design thinking fuels innovation. It is a solution-oriented process with considerations about the consumer at the heart of all development stages. Truly empathic and inclusive design requires a multi-cultural competence and awareness that can be cultivated and developed. In this session, we examine best practices for engineering inclusive technological solutions.

Abstracts for Additional Talks and Workshops

Student success is at the heart of all of our efforts as educators. However, to fully serve each of our students, we must understand the barriers preventing them from reaching their full potential. Educational equity is an effort to give everyone what they need to succeed and an explicit effort to level the playing field to reach equality. In this workshop, participants will examine some of the barriers students face and reflect on what they can do to reduce barriers and provide support.

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Empathy is the ability to understand and share another’s feelings, and it is a skill that can bring people together and make people feel included and valued. When we listen to understand, we can remove barriers. This workshop assists participants in reviving an updated version of the golden rule and equips them with practical strategies to improve their listening skills.

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Culturally responsive educators eliminate barriers and add equitable support for marginalized students, facilitating learning environments that enable students to reach their full potential. The journey to becoming a culturally responsive educator is a never-ending, enriching experience rooted in developing cultural competence, demonstrated by employing inclusive and equitable strategies, and reflected in an iterative practice of noticing, listening, and questioning how we can improve. In this workshop, participants will explore the key characteristics of cultural competence and learn practical strategies for culturally responsive teaching.

Our brains all learn in the same way, moving through the six stages of the natural learning process that lead to mastery. When we move through each stage, we work with our brains to develop knowledge and skill. Many things affect learning differently; however, through no fault of their own, factors impact some people more than others. When we expand awareness of barriers in the classroom, we can create a more equitable and inclusive learning environment. This workshop teaches the natural learning process, basic neuroscience of how the brain learns, overviews ten barriers to learning, and equips educators with strategies for helping oneself and others learn.

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As we navigate instruction amid the global pandemic, the learning loss gaps challenge us in unique ways. One way to bridge the gap is to shift our mindset to an asset- or strengths-based perspective. This shift enables us to incorporate our students’ experiences as value-added contributions to the learning environment. When we find value in what students bring rather than focus on what they lack, we are better situated to create equitable and inclusive learning environments. This workshop will equip educators to develop a strengths-based mindset for inclusive instruction.

Micromessages are small, subtle, unconscious messages we both send and receive when we communicate with others. These messages manifest in what we say, our tone of voice, body language, curriculum, and instructional choices. No one is immune from sending them or receiving them. The accumulation of micromessages can become big roadblocks to student success. When we increase our awareness of micromessages, we can mitigate how often they show up in the classroom. This workshop will help educators identify negative micromessages and reduce barriers to a more equitable and inclusive learning environment.

For diversity, equity, and inclusion issues, we must find the root causes for our specific populations before diving in with well-intentioned interventions that may miss the mark and leave us no better than before we started. In this workshop, we will teach participants how to do a root cause analysis to help uncover the root causes of the more visible symptoms and problems like persistence or interest in nontraditional careers.

Decades of research provide us a wealth of knowledge on the root causes for why people don’t pursue and persist in nontraditional pathways. However, it’s rarely as simple as one thing. A combination of factors is usually at play, reducing equity and inclusion in nontraditional pathways and careers. In this workshop, participants will learn the top ten root causes for equity in CTE and STEM. Through case study analysis, we will examine the intersections of these root causes for participation and completion.

Recruiting nontraditional students into STEM and CTE programs and pathways can be a significant challenge. Understanding the root causes is crucial to sustainable change; however, recruitment remains one of the biggest hurdles to participation. In this workshop, we will review the best practices for recruitment, and participants will explore strategies that will work best for their population.

For many, the last year and a half have been a crash course in resiliency. Others may have enough grit to last a lifetime but could benefit from tips to find balance amid persistent challenges. Many of us wish to support those around us in cultivating resilience. This workshop provides the best practices for building strength in ourselves and others and equips participants with practical strategies for developing resilience.

More units

Diversity, equity, inclusion, belonging and justice are ethics issues. How to speak truth to power.


Inclusive collaboration facilitates belonging and honors uniqueness. How to intentionally notice, listen, and question for inclusion.


Equity requires self-awareness and accountability. How to “do the right thing” by understanding ourselves first.


Cultural values and norms influence everything. How to expand cultural competency to improve ideation.


Lifelong learners and reflective practitioners do it best. How to build a DEI mindset and practice.


Knowledge of systems of (dis)advantage helps us think of others first. How to see barriers caused by systemic inequities.

This unit introduces systems of advantage and systems of oppression. It draws out fear and directs people towards problem-solving systems, not merely themselves.

This unit introduces how privilege, stereotypes, and implicit bias work in our brains to create blindspots that, with effort, we can learn to recognize and adjust behavior.

Empathy is a skill that can bring people together and make people feel included. This unit assists participants in reviving an updated version of the golden rule.

People like to improve themselves, as is evidenced by the huge market of self-help books and programs. Leveraging this energy, we shift towards a collectivist approach to improve society.

What else might be true? Instead of jumping to conclusions that are usually aligned to stereotypes and bias, we activate an asset mindset that allows us to first recognize the value in others.

To make change, we must interrupt the cycles of inequity. This unit helps participants to practice speaking-up to call others in and call out systemic inequities.

To create inclusive environments, we must learn the dance of when to step-up to advocate for the marginalized and oppressed, and when to step back to make space for others to shine.

Learning to be an inclusive person is a lifestyle practice that, with effort, we can all adapt and share a journey of continuous improvement.

Programs and Special Offers

What are the most common Cognitive Biases?

By increasing our awareness and using tools and strategies for reducing the impact of cognitive biases, we can facilitate diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in our organizations. In this post, we break down 8 of the most common cognitive biases and provide a PDF download you can print or share.

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How to Plan Feedback (By Prioritizing Inclusion)

Giving feedback is a skill; just like any skill, the more you practice, the better you will become! Preparing your feedback helps ensure we prioritize inclusive practices. Use this four-part checklist to craft self-efficacy-boosting feedback that promotes psychological safety and empowers others to reach their potential.

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Engineering Design and Careers: A conversation with students

Every once in a while, I am invited to speak to students through Nepris, now called Pathful Connect. Last month, I virtually spoke with a group of middle schoolers about engineering, design, and careers. We also talked about empathy! The students were fun and had great ideas. Watch the 45m recording.

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Compliance vs. Self-regulation

When creating equitable and inclusive workplaces, policies that attempt to force compliance aren’t effective, but rather creating a culture that nurtures self-regulation can drive positive change and meaningful results. In this post, I reflect on a required exercise to define my “house rules” for adoption and relate them to the workplace. 

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What is the Hedgehog Concept? (And how can it help you to Intentionally Engineer Inclusion™?)

If we want to Intentionally Engineer Inclusion™ and positively influence our organizations towards diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) and belonging, we have to prioritize and take action. In this post, we describe the hedgehog map exercise and provide a series of prompts to help you identify the intersection of your passions, skills, and resources. Plus we offer a PDF download worksheet and additional resources for further reading. For when we find actions and make decisions from the greatest overlap of these three elements, we will have greater motivation, agency, and potential for impact.

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Brochure & Catalog

For an easy-to-review and shareable packet that summarizes our services, curricula, and pricing, please download our PDF catalog.