TRAININGS OFFERED VIRTUALLY AND IN-PERSON
When we feel seen, valued and respected, what changes?
We can't change what we don't know or won't face. Talking Changes DEI Training and Consulting is your partner in creating workplaces where people feel seen, valued and respected. This leads to maximized staff retention, production and creativity.
Talking Changes LLC was founded on the premise that we are at our best when we feel seen, valued and respected. For over 20 years, Talking Changes has offered tailored, richly informative, thought-provoking and transformation-sparking DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) training and consulting initiatives. Subjects span from unconscious bias and cultural humility to sexual and gender identity. Every single training seeks to create an atmosphere of safety and respect in which we can think, learn and grow.
Talking Changes' founder, Dr. Mara Gottlieb, holds a BA from Brown University, and an MSW and PhD in social work from New York University. Please see the "Publications and Clients" page for a list of past and present client relationships.
Training and Consulting
Trainings and seminars are currently offered virtually or within a 50-mile radius of Stamford, CT. They are tailored to your specific needs and the time you have: from 90 minutes to a full day. All trainings and seminars are interactive and experiential, involving multiple learning styles and visual aides. Most training topics qualify for cultural competence CEUs through the National Association of Social Work.
A co-created curriculum is yours to keep. Talking Changes can help you design your program and offer any needed guidance on content, materials and presentation style.
Consulting/Brainstorming Next Steps For You or Your Agency
It's perfectly okay if you're not sure what next steps to take - let's brainstorm together to determine the best course of action. The first consultation is free.
Confidential coaching and supervision is available through Zoom. It is often helpful to have an ally and partner in helping you tap into your own wisdom, intuition, and problem-solving skills, and/or to speak about DEI-related topics (or ask DEI-related questions) in an atmosphere of non-judgment.
"Mara, I could sit and listen to you speak or be a part of your workshops weekly. Those hours just fly by. Thank you so much for the work you do. This was such an intense, powerful session. It brought tears to my eyes within the first 5 minutes, it made me feel uncomfortable, it made me smile, it made me think. You are truly a gifted speaker and presenter. Thank you."
"This was, without a doubt, the most powerful and transforming training I have ever attended. The information provided, the exercises done in class, the whole package brought an awareness I did not have before. It gave me an understanding of how profound racism is in our society, by design, and how to work against it. I am so grateful for Mara's presentation! I wish everyone had the opportunity to attend this incredibly powerful day of training. So grateful to have been there! Thank you!"
"Today's training was by far the most engaging, dynamic, and energizing experience I have had here - or at any conference over the past 15 years that I've been a social worker. Mara is a terrific presenter, and I appreciate how deeply she challenged us to think and look within ourselves. Thank you!"
"I loved this training and the transparency of the trainer. She was knowledgeable and presented the information in a way that encouraged sharing and understanding."
"[Mara] weaves in and out academics to individual...never expected this topic to be so energizing, reflective, & helpful for staff. Thank you."
All trainings are eligible for CEC/CEU certification in the state of CT: please contact us for more information.