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HOW WE CAN HELP 

It can be hard to define and organize DEI work

Often DEI ownership is held by few with scattered projects rather than a cohesive program designed to benefit the most marginalized.
 

We can:

  • clarify language and priorities 

  • build framework and strategy to organize ideas and projects

  • develop content to involve more people in strategy execution so the work isn't held only by Human Resources and Talent Acquisition

Leaders plates are full, demanding lightning quick decisions.

Sometimes speed gets in the way of collecting complete information. If the solutions being created don't involve the voices of those they seek to serve, we're not doing it right. 
 

We can:

  • apply a DEI lens to every part of your business/program

  • collect more insights to ensure broad perspective for better decision making and outcomes

  • co-create solutions that include underrepresented voices to benefit the whole

Individuals cannot do their best work if they don't feel cared for and included.

Perspective can be limited by over-prioritizing our own lived experience. 
 

We are experts in listening. We can:

  • help ask better questions

  • create structure to uncover the current state of your business

  • aid in listening and press for leaders to hear the answers even when -especially when - they challenge us

SERVICES

All offerings are customized and co-created to meet needs of current organizational conditions

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Strategy development

Let us walk alongside you to frame your work with intention and strategic planning rather than disparate “box checking”, one-off trainings, or other programs offered without purpose.

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Speaking engagements
& public speaking

Anywhere you want me to be. Let’s chat. I love a captive audience to talk about  all  topics on the DEI spectrum. I can deliver keynotes, panels, informal meetings, etc. 

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Facilitation

We can develop training and create conversations to engage teams and leaders with intention. Exploration to build competency and comfort with practice.

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Training

Training alone will not shift culture. If it’s a training you want, a training you’ll get. Customized content based organization’s unique needs, challenges, goals. We’ll also discuss how to embed behaviors to keep  learning front of mind.

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DEI Review

Don’t have a DEI commitment or dedicated resources yet? No problem! There are many ways you can embed DEI by applying a critical lens to existing programs, process, practice, policy.

Includes language, content, process review and recommendations to be more intentionally inclusive.

**Not just for HR projects. Developing a new product and associated marketing? Don’t make the mistakes we’ve seen in the news by having too narrow a representation in project design and approval.

MY STORY

Welcome! I'm Courtney Simmons. The founder behind Inclusive Insight Group. Thanks for stopping by!

I believe the best DEI work is not showing up with answers and solutions first.

Instead, we do our best work through:

  • prioritizing empathy

  • seeking to understand current conditions

  • co-creating and collaborating on solutions for human-centered needs

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I do this in partnership with you, my clients, and with other colleagues and practitioners in DEI and the community. 

Welcome to Inclusive Insight Group : My insights; informed and influenced by a whole host of brilliant humans, curiosity, and passion. 

DEI work is challenging, and corporate spaces efforts toward diversity, equity and inclusion have historically failed to apply an equity lens. Let's avoid reducing people to counts. Make bold change that can truly create a culture of inclusion. I bring an emphasis on equity, real talk and commitment to seeking solutions to broaden perspective. 

 

My passion was born as a student when I studied the Psychology of Social Inequality on a study abroad. It was there I refined my understanding of equity, inequity, stratification of society and began understanding the vast differences in human experiences. Bringing that along to my first corporate job, I learned quickly the ways that organizations tell us implicitly and explicitly that we don't belong. This is where I developed a desire to be part of creating change that enabled inclusion, belonging, authenticity. My passion to drive for the kind of change that shifted away from organizations telling their employees how to be, and instead sought insight and solutions from the vast variance in employee perspective and experience. 

To simplify all of this: Consulting isn't new to me. I've been sharing perspective and pressing for inclusion for over a decade working in corporate and non-profit spaces. My experience includes:

  • multigenerational family-held distribution 

  • Fortune500 manufacturing 

  • craft brewing

  • multi-national employers

  • coworker counts ranging from ~1000 to more than 12000 

  • countless opportunities to consult on DEI projects, business and non-profit strategies as a volunteer

 

I've been consulting my whole career, and now I'm excited to offer these experiences to you, if you're ready to do the work. Full time. Let's get started today.

CONTACT

I'd love to hear more about your story. 

Let's connect.

616.617.0198

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Viv Rhodes / Owner / Vivian Works

I highly recommend Courtney Simmons for any work that requires a deep understanding and expertise in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Courtney's knowledge of systemic inequalities, cultural competence, and intersectionality enabled her to help us develop and implement key messaging that fostered inclusivity. Courtney is a passionate advocate for underrepresented groups, and her exceptional communication skills, empathy, and collaborative approach make her an outstanding DEI specialist.
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