Facilitating solutions to organizational challenges and potential future, related to:
• Domestic and Global Intercultural Relations
• Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness
• Diversity and Inclusion Goals
Diversity Solutions Group is a consulting and training firm focused on assisting public, academic, corporate and not-for-profit organizations in reaching their diversity and leadership goals.
Our consultants come from different backgrounds with expertise in strategic planning, leadership and organizational development, dimensions of culture, training design and facilitation, change management, implementing and interpreting various work and personality style inventories, team facilitation, employee relations, conflict resolution, and leading intercultural teams.
Being born and raised outside USA's mainland in San Juan, Puerto Rico has provided Ms. Vigo-Morales with a unique cross-cultural perspective. This experience continues to influence her deep understanding and commitment for diversity and inclusion, and for facilitating culturally mindful behaviors that lead to effective intercultural relationships and real organizational success.
Ms. Vigo-Morales studied Sociology and Women’s Studies at the College of the Sacred Heart in San Juan, Puerto Rico and at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. She has studied extensively with distinguished multiculturalist Lillian Roybal Rose, and with world-renowned interculturalist Milton Bennett. She has also studied with Michael Paige, George Renwick, Patricia Digh, André Laurent, Lee Gardenswartz, Anita Rowe, John Condon and Carmen DeNeve at the Institute for Intercultural Communication in Portland, Oregon.
Ms. Vigo-Morales is fluent in Spanish and English and highly experienced with Latin American cultures.
In addition to her work as a university educator and consultant, Ms. Kistler worked for many years with Hewlett Packard Company, managing and leading Human Resources and Organizational Effectiveness for the company’s global software business, both in domestic and international settings.
Ms. Kistler holds a BS and MEd from Colorado State University (Higher Education Administration and Adult Education). She has also studied extensively at the Institute for Intercultural Communication in Portland, Oregon, with nationally renowned interculturalists Lillian Roybal Rose, Milton Bennett, Michael Paige, George Renwick, William Cross, Mitch Hammer, and Lee Knefelkamp. She lives with her family in Northern Colorado.
In addition to her extensive consulting experience, Ms. Jones has taught courses on leadership and diversity at Colorado State University and been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Ms. Jones is a certified administrator of Certified 360 administrator of the Center for Creative Leadership Assessment Suite including Benchmarks®, the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and Intercultural Conflict Style (ICS) Inventory. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in student affairs in higher education from Colorado State University, and an MBA from The Johns Hopkins University. She has a number of published articles and has authored two books. She lives outside of Chicago, IL with her family.
In every industry and organization, from health care to manufacturing to public service to academia, employees interact across cultural contexts. All sectors experience ever increasing numbers of workers, clients, customers, students and partners, reflecting a variety of cultural perspectives. Whether the different perspectives are a result of domestic and/or international cultural differences, they must operate effectively and in ways that enhance the organization.
To be successful, leaders and organizations must embrace cultural diversity, and proactively relate to it as a valuable opportunity to be leveraged, rather than an obstacle to overcome. Consultants at Diversity Solutions Group help facilitate the abilities necessary to grow and prosper in any multicultural environment or relationship. Our goal is to contribute to leaders’ and organizations’ productivity and effectiveness by increasing their cultural agility.
Attracting, retaining and engaging the best available talent; achieving higher creativity, innovation and better problem-solving; and more organizational flexibility are all essential to organizational effectiveness. Unfortunately, the degree of complexity in organizations today combined with intense financial challenges, often keep leaders shifting organizational effectiveness problems from “here” to “there”. When leaders are faced with such a high degree of complexity, it is difficult to take the broad view, often leaving organizational effectiveness factors relegated to a secondary priority.
Consultants at Diversity Solutions Group understand this challenge and work constructively within organizations to generate clarity and confidence. We help great companies and organizations achieve excellent results through leadership development, executive coaching, high performing teams, talent management, and culture change. Diversity Solutions Group Consultants facilitate confidence to embrace complexity. We enable environments where leaders inspire the best performance from everyone, lead change, and meet all business goals effectively.
The changing demographics of the workforce, student body, and marketplace require a substantial shift in the way businesses and organizations operate to be successful. Objectives, initiatives, strategies, owners, timetables and metrics are required in order to meet goals, encourage ownership, and assure excellent results.
Diversity and inclusion (D&I) must be strongly linked to other business or organizational goals. When seen as separate from “essential” business or organizational strategies, progress is harder to attain. In this case, efforts or resources invested are seen as optional, extra-curricular, or even as detractors from “real” work. When D&I goals are clearly understood as a critical component of business strategy contributing to the bottom line, progress is readily attainable.
Consultants at Diversity Solutions Group help generate clarity behind D&I goals as valuable and essential to business results. They help organizations discover opportunities and methods that establish D&I strategies as critical “ROI” factors. Our goal is always to facilitate the conditions that help create a climate of inclusion and equity. We believe that an environment of inclusive excellence will transform our places of work and organizations into truly successful multicultural entities, where all involved are successful.
WHEN/CUÁNDO: Sept 8th & Sept 9th, 2017; 8am to 5pm
WHERE/DÓNDE: Foothills Unitarian Church - 1815 Yorktown Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80526
COST/COSTO: $75; some scholarships available / algunas becas disponibles
Registration Closed / Matricúla cerrada
We live in a fast-paced, increasingly complex and demanding world where our ability to engage with each other and have a greater understanding of culture, power imbalance, inclusivity and other human dynamics, are significant components of healthy community life. These considerations often emerge through discussions about a community's "well-being" and are gradually forming a part of any community's vision. This degree of complexity demands committed, culturally proficient community members. The goal of the Multicultural Community Retreat is to create the opportunity for community members to come together to learn about cross-cultural concepts; further develop their cultural proficiency; and become inspired towards positive, inclusive action in their community.
Vivimos en un mundo acelerado, cada día mas complejo y exigente, donde nuestra abilidad para establecer relaciones humanas y mejor comprensión de conceptos como cultura, el desequilibrio del poder, la inclusividad y otras dinámicas entre los seres humanos, son componentes significativos de una vida comunitaria saludable. Estas consideraciones surgen frecuentemente en conversaciones sobre el "bienestar" de las comunidades y gradualmente van formando parte de la aspiración de toda comunidad. Este grado de complejidad exige que miembros de la comunidad adquieran más competencia multicultural. La meta del Retiro Comunal Multicultural es crear la oportunidad para que miembros de la comunidad se reúnan y aprendan acerca de conceptos multiculturales; continuar el desarrollo de su competencia multicultural; e inspirarse para tomar acción inclusiva en su comunidad.
WHEN/CUÁNDO: Nov. 4, 2017; 8am to 5pm
WHERE/DÓNDE: Colorado River Community Room - 222 LaPorte Ave., Fort Collins, CO
COST/COSTO: $50; some scholarships available / algunas becas disponibles
Register now online / Matricúlate ahora en línea
Let me say it again…we live in a fast-paced, increasingly complex and demanding world where our ability to engage with each other effectively is a critical component of healthy community life. This degree of complexity demands committed, culturally proficient community members. We are all in this together and together we can learn to truly appreciate each other, get comfortable with the discomfort that often surfaces in the face of “difference” and inspire each other to become more confident to make a difference in our world.
The goal of the Multicultural Community Retreat - Part 2 is to create the opportunity for community members to deepen the learnings from MCR – Part 1 or other similar learning experiences, by exploring the concepts of "bias", "worldviews" and "patterns of behavior"; and how they are each shaped, evolving and continually influencing our lives.
Déjame repetirlo… vivimos en un mundo acelerado, cada día mas complejo y exigente, donde nuestra abilidad para establecer relaciones humanas efectivas, es un componentes crítico para una vida comunitaria saludable. Este grado de complejidad exige que miembros de la comunidad adquieran más competencia multicultural. Estamos todos juntos en esto y juntos podemos aprender a verdaderamente apreciarnos unos a los otros, a sentirnos cómodos con el desasosiego que muchas veces se opone a las "diferencias" humanas, y a inspirarnos mutuamente para desarollar mas confianza en nosotros mismos para hacer una diferencia en nuestro mundo.
La meta del Retiro Comunal Multicultural – 2da Parte es crear la oportunidad para que miembros de la comunidad profundicen en los aprendizajes del MCR – 1ra Parte, o de otros talleres de aprendizaje similares, explorando los conceptos de "bias", "cosmovisión" y "patrones de comportamiento"; y cómo cada uno es formado, evoluciona y continuamente influencia nuestras vidas.
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