Instructional Design

Looking for ways to make your trainings stand out?  We will collaborate with you to bring a little creative sizzle to any learning objective. 

Playback Theatre

TownHall Playback Theatre Experience

In a 3-hour Playback Theatre Experience people learn how to effectively collaborate by deeply understanding each other’s point of view through telling and listening to each other’s real-life stories. Playback Builds Community. It is highly effective in eliminating the “us-them” mentality that separates people along lines of race, class, ethnicity, and background and is therefore a critical component in building insight, collaboration, and innovation. During a Playback virtual performance (Virtual Playback), someone tells a story from the group about their life and then chooses cast members to play the significant characters in the story. The conductor guides the ‘teller’ through the storytelling process. After the story is told, it is immediately recreated and given artistic shape and coherence by a cast of seasoned actors and musicians.

Stepping into My Shoes- Playback Workshop

Although not an acting workshop, this 3.5-hour method uses right-brain methods to help participants sort through some of the feelings and thoughts, truths, and mysteries of their professional and personal lives on the road to developing successful living strategies. Participants will activate their intuition for reading others, unleash their creative impulses for finding innovative strategies, practice being their authentic selves in all situations, and strengthen their ability to adapt to unpredictable circumstances.

Training Programs

Addressing Microbehaviors

Microaggressions are only one part of the equation. This 2.5-hour virtual instructor-led workshop explores how microbehaviors can lead to a climate of mistrust and exclusion that negatively impacts individual and organizational performance.  Participants will practice communication strategies to repair as well as prevent any harm that might occur from these exchanges and discover their own way to contribute to a strong and inclusive organizational culture.

Addressing Unconscious Bias

In this 3-hour interactive workshop, participants will explore the power of the unconscious mind.  We will look at the social, neuro and cognitive science research behind bias:  why and how it happens, and what we can do to assure that we are not being driven by unconscious beliefs and patterns that hinder a truly inclusive and equitable workplace.

Compassionate Leadership During Turbulent Times

Smart leaders need to manage a workforce triggered by an increasingly unpredictable world. Consistent stress can become chronic and lead to anxiety and depression which decreases our ability to be resourceful, open, and logical.  And while you cannot control what is unpredictable, you can create a predictable culture of connection that will help people survive and be productive in these difficult times. In this online 2-hour interactive workshop, participants will learn how the brain reacts under stress, how our backgrounds impact our reactions, then how to build on their strengths to apply 7 Compassionate Leadership Strategies to their teams.

Cultivating Inclusion in the Workplace

Using applied theatre techniques during this 3-hour interactive online workshop, participants will explore how barriers to inclusion such as unconscious bias and privilege can contaminate our work environment and create a climate of mistrust and exclusion. Best practices show that when employees are feeling seen, heard, valued, and connected to each other, both morale and job performance increase.

Eight Dimensions of Wellness

In this 3-hour session, participants will explore eight areas on which a professional or team can focus to make conscious, deliberate choices for a more satisfying lifestyle.  The workshop incorporates interactive methods to increase participants’ understanding of the impact of these dimensions on their professional lives and discover meaningful ways to achieve greater balance.

Explore Your Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Journey

In this 3-hour workshop, participants put to life the significant events and/or people that have influenced them and how these issues currently show up in their lives and impact their sense of freedom.  Participants leave being better equipped to recognize when their racial frame with its sense of values, expectations, and safety responses is serving or not serving how they want to operate in the world.

Inclusive Leadership

In this 3.5-hour interactive workshop, participants become more energized, aware, and confident in their ability to build more inclusion at work by learning and applying the Six C’s of Inclusive Leadership (Collaboration, Cognizance, Curiosity, Cultural Competence, Courage, and Commitment)  as developed by Deloitte Australia. 

Mentoring Across Difference

This 2.5-hour interactive workshop introduces participants to the PAR method of mentoring an individual with a different background.  We use creative methods to explore the impact of power, advocacy, and relationship in mentoring, to consider strategies for protégés, and to develop personal actions to build their PAR muscles.

Strategic Consultation

We work with clients where they are on their Diversity Journey. Whether it is partnering with your executives, strengthening your strategic plan or invigorating your Diversity Council, we lock hands with you to build sustainable solutions. 

Focus Groups

To better understand the current state of DEIA in the organization, and to inform the customization of specialized sessions or larger program rollouts, we recommend gathering qualitative data through focus groups.  For the most effective engagement, focus groups are limited to 10 people and last 90 minutes. We work with the organization’s DEIA team to structure groups according to various demographics such as ethnic/racial identity, sexual orientation/gender identity, career level, etc.

Community Strategy Lab

We compile data from the focus groups, surveys, and other sources and work with key stakeholders over two half-day sessions to create more alignment, passion, and commitment for your organization’s DEIA focus.  Stakeholder groups will work collaboratively to identify the top pressing concerns, objectives, goals, and strategies the organization should undertake.