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 is a co-author of Cultural Detective and an expert panelist for the Global Diversity and Inclusion Benchmarks.
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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