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Diverse Group


Promoting Diversity and Inclusion

Diversity and inclusion aren't just buzzwords. How you integrate them into your organization matters and you want a consultant who can help you make the most of your effort. Greg Taylor and CCC stand ready to deliver proven help for a wide array of industries and sectors. Here's what participants have to say about their experiences with Greg:


Testimonials


On behalf of Clackamas County, I want to thank Greg Taylor for the outstanding training he provided our management teams and their employees during the training day titled “A Day with Greg Taylor.” Mr. Taylor demonstrated a keen ability to translate concepts regarding Implicit Bias in ways training participants understand and can apply practically when carrying out the work of Clackamas County. Our managers and employees found his content material regarding Implicit Bias relevant, insightful, and well sourced. The feedback was overwhelmingly positive. We look forward to bringing Mr. Taylor back to Clackamas County to present further training in other equity, diversity and inclusion areas.

- Emmett Wheatfall,  Director, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion County Administration, Clackamas County, Oregon

Greg’s clear genuine forthright presence & participation enable the participants to receive potentially difficult realities in a safe non-confrontational environment. The workshop is personally and professionally invaluable.

- Rob Townsend, Executive Director, Northwest Folklife, Seattle, Washington

Greg’s workshop was well-researched and provided many useful facts and resources.  As promised, it gave me a new lens to apply to this problem.  But most important, it made everyone in the workshop feel safe to share and learn as allies against a common problem; this left me inspired to do more courageous work in the future.

- Lisa Bernhagen – Highline Community College


Thanks Greg.   I found the presentations offered valuable insight into the challenges facing refugees as they look forward to safety and a new start.   Your insights and observations added weight to the presentations and your passion and commitment to making a difference powered the discussions.

- Alan Painter – Manager, Unincorporated Community Service Area Program, King County

I attended your training at United Way of King County last week and thought it was excellent. You covered interesting and relevant material that had real, practical applications in the workplace. The pace was quick and engaging, and your style and the material were welcoming – I didn’t once feel defensive, and that allowed me to engage deeply with the material. Thanks for bringing this important information to our organization!

- Colleen Laing – United Way King County

The exploration of diversity, equity and inclusion is centrally important within government agencies and departments.  Unfortunately, government often lacks the safe environment necessary to have meaningful conversations that can change the organizational culture.  Greg has the confidence, sensitivity, and non-judgmental approach to create the safety necessary for government employees to engage in this conversation with openness and curiosity, not defensiveness.  It is in this space that individual and organizational transformation can occur, working towards a new environment that honors diversity, prioritizes equity, and aspires toward full inclusion.

- Matthew Hartman – Restorative Justice Coordinator,  Clackamas County Juvenile Department – Oregon City, Oregon

Attending Gregory Taylor’s workshop on Immigrant/Refugee Integration was a fantastic networking and learning opportunity. Welcoming new arrivals is one of the King County Library System’s key focus areas and this session was timely, educational and I received both local and national resources that will help us better serve these populations.

-Jo Anderson Caventa, Diversity coordinator – King County Library System


I attended social justice programs instructed by Greg Taylor of Community Connection Consulting, and found the detailed information he provided useful in my work place right away. I appreciated how he created a safe space to ask those awkward questions society teaches us are taboo, when in actuality those questions are at the heart of what it means to become an educated citizen. I would recommend his workshops to anyone who is interested in social change for equity.

- Belinda Chin – Education Program Supervisor, Seattle Parks & Recreation

Race, Bias and Dissonance is an outstanding, must-experience training for any individual or organization that wants to get serious about walking the talk of racial equity. This interactive training provides a well-structured, highly relaxed and supportive forum in which to identify and examine unconscious beliefs, values, stereotypes and other personal attitudes that undermine our “best intentions” and get in the way of doing authentic and effective social justice work. Participants walk away with an abundance of practical information and tools, as well as the resolve to strengthen their individual skills and transform their organizations and/or communities.

- Yvonne Redding White


Workshop Participants


Erosion of Empathy: The Cause, Cure and Cultivation of The Empathy Quotient (EQ)

“The speaker was dynamic. It helped that there was one focus for the workshop. Very dynamic and engaging” “I appreciated the entire workshop and believe that all of it will be applied to my learning”

 

“Great! Thank you for speaking truth and not staying “polite” with the content of the training. Reflecting on the importance of empathy to reduce the harm of racism and racist violence.” “I enjoyed the examples he presented as well as the quotes. I felt that the way he handled people with different opinions was very professional and exhibited empathy.”

 

“Humorous and quick witted, great style” “Love Greg Taylor, excellent, unapologetic presenter”

 

“Great presence; engaging, thought provoking” “Amazing, powerful, honest – Thank You”

 

“I was at the verge of tears several times – good thing” “Great presenter – like vibe, personality, empowered”

 

“Keep it real, do not change” “He has a great breadth of knowledge, more time needed”

 

“Examples of lack of empathy, excellent”

The Application of Principled Leadership: During Divisive & Turbulent Times

“Very knowledgeable. I loved this presentation. Thank you for a job well done and by inspiring me”

“Engaging, energetic awesome. It was like a rapid history of oppression through policy”

 

“He’s great! I first heard Greg present last year, and it was even better this year”

“He’s very authentic and honest. Entertaining as well as realistic and informative”

 

“Greg Taylor was on point in skill, style and presentation”

“I think every law enforcement person in America should take one of his seminars”

 

“Thank you Greg, excellent job, appreciate your knowledge, experience and passion”

“Energetic, knowledgeable, challenges audience in productive ways for growth and learning”

 

“Amazing presentation, love the style of Greg, very engaging”  

“Very dynamic and passionate, Wonderful”

  

“Loved his references and materials"

“Brilliant, thank you”

 

“The presentation and content presented, so engaging, intelligent, informed, inspiring”

“Great presentation. Fabulous”

 

“Great presentation. Fabulous”


Race Bias & Dissonance: Understanding How they Intersect with Inequity

“I really appreciate Greg’s style. I felt very comfortable speaking up, even when I was confused; Greg helped us work through the issues and increased our awareness of biases”

“Nice variety of materials, activities, deep knowledge on topic, able to clarify and give examples. Making a safe space to talk. Educating me with historical facts, making me do the exercises”

 

“He’s personable and conversational but still addresses difficult conversations/topics, skillfully guides people into new understanding/insights”

“Truly powerful! Education is power and he is feeding education. Also, representation MATTERS! And seeing someone who looks like me being as powerful as he is, is empowering”

 

“General content overall very informative. I didn’t know much of anything about the subject matter and walked away very informed and thirsty for more! Awesome, very engaging”

“Enjoyed how he personalized examples, real examples, real stories – all about Truth! Reminding me there are all sorts of biases, religion, gender, not just race”

 

“I loved this training and really hope that our agency continues to learn more about these “uncomfortable” issues rather than continuing to sweep it under the rug. Thanks for making it happen”

“Engaging and knowledgeable with the right amount of humor to help manage inevitable feelings of discomfort”

 

The presentation was excellent, active, bold, knowledgeable and very effective communicator/facilitator!”

“Enjoyed the presenting style and energy. Enjoyed the section with research and methods to back it up!”

 

“Well-rounded, very knowledgeable and prepared…Clear content…Excellent facilitator…Thank You Greg for sharing your expertise”

“This can be a difficult topic – Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Very fluid, knowledgeable style, responds to questions well!”

 

“It was wonderful, I wish I could have brought my family"

“Amazing, very engaging, informative, I really enjoyed this training”

 

“This was excellent! Very engaging and thoughtful insights given”

“I really liked his style, it has been different than other presenters we have had”

 

“He was engaging and authentic, as well as well prepared and knowledgeable’

“Very clear, engaging – Amazing Expert!”

 

“Excellent, please teach all presenters your ways”

“Engaging, relatable, interesting – Awesome!”

 

“I enjoyed Greg’s facilitation style, group discussions and activities”

“Excellent knowledge, delivery, pace and cadence”

 

“Thank you, Greg, for the knowledge you have provided and continue to provide” “Greg was phenomenal. Thank you for sharing your knowledge”

 
“Excellent presenter, interesting and thought provoking” 

Race Bias & Dissonance: Beyond Awareness onto Concrete/Incongruent Action Steps

“This course combined awareness raising activities with strategy for changing the future. It’s lovely to have something that doesn’t feel like theory plus figure it-out-for-yourself”

“This class was fantastic – Greg is incredibly engaging – this class challenged me in ways I expected and in ways I didn’t expect. I had several ‘a-ha’ moments and I feel very galvanized to continue my journey in learning more about history/race/bias – Thank you so much!”

 

“Greg is fantastic! The information presented was so interactive to help drive the theme through”

“Highly skilled presentation of extremely emotionally charged/distressing subject-matter”

 

“Greg is a great and efficient lecturer. He is animated and represents his work very well”

“This course was brilliant! It covered a lot of material that was relevant and powerful. The instructor was enthusiastic and personable”

 

“Greg is extremely well read and experienced, participants were extremely receptive”

“Loved Greg’s style! I would love to be involved in the ‘Erosion of Empathy” training”

 

“I felt he did an excellent job. Very balanced an open to other’s opinions"

“Greg is engaging, funny, thoughtful and thought provoking”

 

“Very engaging and dynamic”

“Great inspiring preasenter”

 

“Great inspiring preasenter”

“Authentic and relatable”


Perceptions of Justice: The Separate Realities of the Justice System

“Bring him back with Verna Mayers, Jane Elliott et al – thank you”

“Outstanding! Kept our attention and made great points!”

  

“Probably one of the best presentations I have ever attended”

“I loved how you took the examples given at spring session and had the audience respond on what action they would take”

  

“This was much better and more interesting than I anticipated prior to the conference. Presenter was very good and prepared”

“I thought that Mr. Taylor did a great job with a very difficult topic. I appreciate that he related facts in a straightforward manner and did not accuse”

  

“Thanks – very articulate and actually created comfortable atmosphere for discussion”

“This was wonderful! I appreciated the structure. It was organized and the data was relevant to a larger public issue. Great engagement and interaction with the audience as well”

 

“Appreciated knowing the story of the presenter, use of many mediums including, discussion, survey, video and presenting data’

“Excellent speaker/communicator”

 

"Thank you! Great session!” “Powerful, effective”

 

“Great job!” “Excellent”

 

“Outstanding” “Wow, important and motivating’

 

“A difficult job done well”