About KMS

Greetings!

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…

Treasure Culture,
Kelli

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:

  • Gaining valuable insight about your colleagues from another culture,
  • Developing a better understanding of your own values and beliefs,
  •  Respecting and appreciating your colleagues’ perspectives, and
  • Taking practical, concrete steps to collaborate more effectively.

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.

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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!

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About 2015 Passport to Inclusion Co-Facilitators

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Mama Edie

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.

Natasha Aruliah

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

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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