Hi, I’m Kelli McLoud-Schingen (KMS), and I’m glad you stopped by. I want you to know that I absolutely LOVE what I do! I have had the pleasure of working in the Diversity and Intercultural fields since 1989. The truth is, I think I have been building bridges between differences since I was a little girl - breaking up fights on the playground or interpreting the beliefs of my multicultural group of friends in college to others or trying to explain one family member to another. I often joke that in 1989 I started working in this business by accident but started doing it on purpose in 2002 and I haven’t looked back.
I once heard that “the shortest distance between two strangers is a story,” so you’ll find that much of what I do uses the power of story to connect across our cultural differences and similarities. When I was studying for my Master’s I discovered a Chinese Proverb that read, “Culture is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere.” This quote described perfectly why I search for the organizational and personal story because I believe therein lies the treasure. I see my role as a Navigator who will support the journey of individuals and institutions to discover their “treasures” within and around them. I hope to, some day meet you along your journey. Until then…
Kelli McLoud-Schingen is President and principal facilitator/trainer for KMS Intercultural Consulting, LLC. She specializes in Inclusive Leadership, Global Diversity and Inclusion, Storytelling, Cultural Competence, Social Justice, Healing Racism, Conflict Resolution/Mediation, and Teambuilding. She has facilitated development workshops, trainings and dramatic presentations for educational, non-profit, government and corporate institutions in the USA and internationally since 1989.
A certified professional mediator, Kelli holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from Aurora University and a Master of Arts in Cross-Cultural Studies from the University of Houston-Clear Lake. Additionally, she is a qualified administrator for the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a cross-cultural development measurement tool. Kelli co-authored the African American Cultural Detective©, an in-depth training tool for business managers and wrote an article entitled, “Prejudice, Bias, and Discrimination” to be included in the Sage Publication, “The Encyclopedia of Intercultural Competence.”
Kelli is a Past President of SIETAR USA, a member of the Diversity Collegium, and the Global Community Dialogue on Leadership, Diversity, and Change.
In the area of Inclusive Leadership, some of the clients that Kelli has worked with are, Minnesota State University-Mankato President’s Cabinet, Texas Historical Commission Executive Leadership, Greenwood Cultural Center Community Leaders, the Advanced Leadership Institute of the Southwestern Black Student Leadership Conference, Fort Worth Independent School District Advanced Studies Teachers, and Global Diversity Leaders of Common Ground in Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Kelli has extensive training and leadership experience in the Intercultural field. She has served on the Board of Directors for the premier Intercultural organization, the Society for Intercultural Education, Training and Research (SIETAR USA), since 2002. Clients have included Chevron Phillips, Shell Oil, The City of Helsinki, Finland, The Texas Historical Commission, Dallas and Fort Worth Independent School Districts, National Continuing Education Administrators, San Diego State University and the University of Pittsburgh, the Melton Foundation and the United World College of the Adriatic, to name a few. She assisted these institutions with strategic plans to address the issue of inclusion and cultural competence and has designed, facilitated, and implemented Train-the-Facilitator programs for numerous clients. Kelli is seasoned in developing communities that work to promote and support a culturally inclusive environment. She has been called on to facilitate workshops in Canada, Chile, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, and throughout the USA.
Racial Justice and Reconciliation
In the area of Race and Racism, Kelli trained with the Center for the Healing of Racism in Houston, TX. Kelli designs and implements initiatives that foster racial inclusion though authentic dialogue and the power of storytelling. Additionally, Kelli has studied and researched the topic of racism in-depth and a major part of her research was dedicated to examining Internalized Racism and its impact on self-esteem. It is this research that led to the production of “Anything but Black,” Kelli’s intimate narrative of her personal journey to self-love. Kelli served as Community Coordinator for Healing Racism with the Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League, spearheaded the dialogue project for the John Hope Franklin Center for Racial Reconciliation, co-facilitated workshops with the YWCA as well as the Oklahoma Center for Community Justice, and facilitates cross-racial dialogues for All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church.
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Kelli is a co-author of Cultural Detective and an expert panelist for the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks.
The Cultural Detective is an interactive, practical, and enjoyable method for:
Using the Cultural Detective Method, you will have the opportunity to understand the tremendous impact that culture has on everything we do—from what we find exciting or frustrating, to what decisions we make and why. Each person is a unique product of various cultural influences. Yet, by learning to “detect” a colleague’s key motivators, we can more effectively understand what he or she intends, and how we might make the most of what each of us brings to the team or community.
Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks
The GDIB is one of the first comprehensive tools to explain what creating inclusive organizations is all about. This 80-page booklet can be used by any size and type of organization anywhere in the world.
The Benchmarks provide a roadmap for organizations in all sectors, regardless of their approaches to D&I. The tool will encourage organizations to strive to achieve world-class diversity and inclusion outcomes. With careful assessment and the intentional application of the GDIB, it is sure to yield High performing teams and strong organizational practices and systems that help meet organizational D&I goals!
Mama Edie McLoud Armstrong is a speech and language pathologist, percussionist and bilingual storyteller (Spanish/English). She has also served as contributing writer to various publications on the power of story for educational success, cultural pride and for reaching beyond cultural divides. Her journey as a storyteller began in the Chicago School System while addressing the low self-esteem from identity confusion in children and adults with disabilities. Incorporating their speech and language goals into her original stories, poetry and songs, they were able to see their natural beauty and value through her eyes. This impacted therapy outcomes and overall development and joy.
When Mama Edie left the Chicago School System in 1989, requests for paid school performances began. These led to performance and workshop referrals to national and international entities across all sectors.
Mama Edie draws upon her personal stories and folk tales of her African and Native American heritages to address matters of diversity, honoring, and allowing the light within us all to shine.
An Independent consultant, facilitator and educator, in diversity, inclusion, social justice, and intercultural competence, currently based in Canada, Natasha has lived and worked internationally with diverse groups, across all sectors, for over 25 years. Trained as a Counselling Psychologist working with marginalised people, she became passionate about identity, how we see our-selves and how we are seen, and the impact it has on our lives and experiences. She bridges theory with practice, the personal with the systemic, in order to bring real, meaningful, sustainable change for individuals and organisations.
Jeremy Solomons, President of JSA Consulting and a native of the UK, has lived and worked for six multinational organizations in eight countries around the world and consulted with hundreds of organizations and thousands of current and future leaders on Cultural Excellence, Global Leadership and Multicultural Teambuilding from his base in Austin, Texas.
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