Kimberlee is first and foremost a humanist, a deep believer in what is possible when humanity is centered. Her mix of authenticity and raw truth gives permission for those around her to choose progress over perfection and bring their full selves into the room. She is known for finding humor and challenge at just the right moments, and like the best of coaches, leaning in and pushing audiences just enough to believe in the potential she sees. Her approach of connection and compassion is what makes a consultation feel like a conversation with your best friend, a workshop feel like a workout with your favorite trainer, and her presentations feel like a present from your closest confidant.
For those who prefer the resume version, her bachelor's and master's degrees are in education, she speaks multiple languages, is a certified life coach, and she's been doing this work for nearly 20 years. Again, most of all, Kimberlee prioritizes connecting human beings to other human beings, especially when differences in identity is the barrier standing in the way of that connection.
Meet Denise, our Co-Founder, Diversity Consultant, and Director of Operations. As a biracial woman having been raised in virtually all white Vermont with her white family, Denise has a unique perspective on the issues of cultural competency and belonging.
Denise is currently the Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB) at an independent school in Tacoma, WA. She has held a variety of roles in several educational institutions since 2008. In addition to her role as Director of DEIB, Denise has worked as a Spanish teacher, English as a Second Language teacher, affinity group leader, cross country and track coach, and advisor.
Denise loves to read, travel, watch the sunrise over the ocean, and be in community. She is currently working on a book entitled Leaving Home Yet Homebound: Exploring my Whiteness While Discovering my Blackness.
Maggie met Kim and Denise in 2017 at the Black Women & White Women Project seminar led by Faith English and Debby Irving. From that day forward, Maggie enrolled in workshops and groups led by Kim and offered through Engaging Across Difference. Truth-speak without shaming, trust in humanity, and wholehearted commitment to connection is Kim’s gift and Maggie’s learning. Maggie loves being with family and friends, supporting her community through her job, deepening her somatic abolitionist praxis, engaging in racial justice activism, expanding body, mind and heart through yoga, and cuddling with her 2 dogs.
Raised in New York City in the 1960s, Ellen experienced from a young age her city’s remarkable diversity and its distressing segregation. She became active on many social justice issues and eventually became a lawyer for nonprofit organizations. Her recent anti-racism work led her to read Dear White Woman and to meet Kimberlee—both, amazing invitations to love and to reimagine community. Ellen is guided by the hope that she and other White Women can authentically connect with and earn the trust of Women of Color, and she is committed to creating spaces for repair. Ellen is an endlessly curious learner, especially from her own mistakes. She resides in the Boston area with her husband and has two grown sons.