Diversity and Inclusion Awareness and Action Consulting
Are you a conscious and progressive organization striving to be genuinely diverse and inclusive?
We are here to help you to cultivate and sustain mindfulness and spiritual communities and organizations that are diverse and genuinely inclusive.
Cultivating diverse and inclusive communities means nurturing and maintaining communities that include people of varying race, ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, age, social and economic status, mental and physical ability, religion and political views. Diverse and inclusive communities honor and value each person and their voice as a unique expression. These communities also see each person as a whole being - mind, body, heart, and soul.
A few of the benefits of our program include:
- Being in a safe space for building and engaging in authentic community focused on increasing awareness and action in diversity and inclusion
- Being in real community with others who value diversity and inclusion
- Building a solid foundation of cultural competency
- Engaging with safe and welcoming energy that allows for deep and connected dialogue
- Discovering and identifying unconscious biases
- Creating your own safe spaces for all people to thrive
- Enhancing innovation and creativity
- Interacting in community calls
- Receiving personal consultations
- Having review and evaluation of your website, publications, scholarship programs, and diversity statements
- Extensive networking
- Incredible resources
Experience the many rewards from the richness of diversity and inclusion in your community/organization!
Meditation Centers, Retreat Centers, Wellness Centers, Spiritual Communities and Organizations/Nonprofits, Mindfulness Communities and Organizations/Nonprofits, and Conscious Corporations/Nonprofits and Individuals
Some of our current and past clients include:
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
MindfulCloud PBC in collaboration with Plum Village Monastery
Mission Be Mindfulness Education
Sonima Foundation & Stanford Mindfulness Department
East Palo Alto Library and Community Center
Jikoji Zen Center
Venture Retreat Center
“Melissa is an absolute delight to work with. A bright, enthusiastic force that is talented at creating community and skilled at project management. In 3 months, she launched a diversity outreach program within Wisdom 2.0 that was well-received and celebrated. Melissa brings together a unique skill set of autonomy to build a successful project, while working collaboratively with 50 scholars. ”
-- Cat Li Stevenson, Chief of Staff at Wisdom 2.0
“Melissa is an off the charts gifted networker. She has an unstoppable ability to bring together people of all races and cultural background to create a diverse community of ‘beloved community’. This is something I would consider Melissa is incredibly gifted in.”
--Carin Winter, CEO and Founder of Mission Be, Mindful Education
“Melissa is deeply caring and passionate in her work. She is 100% dedicated to the communities she works with and is equally committed to bringing diverse voices together to celebrate a shared vision of health and healing among all people.”
-- John P. Rettger, PhD., Director of Mindfulness Program at Stanford University School of Medicine Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
“Melissa is a warm and joyous spirit who holds passion and a gift around supporting communities and organizations in becoming more diverse and inclusive. Her network is extensive and through her thoughtful and generous support of WisdomWomen, I have witnessed her natural skills in connecting the right people for the right intention. Any organization would be fortunate to have Melissa as an ally on this critical journey of creating a safe, diverse and inclusive culture.”
-- Michelle Stransky, Founder of WisdomWomen
“Melissa did an amazing job of helping our organization conceptualize and implement our Mindfulness program from the ground up. What was so inspiring was Melissa's ability to work with not only a diverse staff team, but a very diverse participant population who by and large were not at all familiar with mindfulness and its concepts and techniques. Melissa helped us adapt the program to our participant's needs and abilities and at the same time she thoughtfully and with great care and passion worked side by side with our leadership team so that the program was able to continue on its own beyond her direct involvement.”
--Renee Zimmerman, Executive Director, Family Connections
"Melissa is an amazing networker, with a sincere and genuine interest in the relationships and connections with others. She is thoughtful about what makes communities and organizations inclusive and is always striving to build meaningful support."
--Megan Cowan, Executive Director and Co-Founder of Mindful Schools
"It's hard to write about Melissa in just a few sentences - she's a remarkable and incredibly talented human being. She's been at the forefront of the conversation of diversity in wisdom, social enterprise and conscious business organizations for many years. At Wisdompreneurs, she helped us with deepening our ability to have honest and transformative conversations about diversity and organized an event for us that brought together a diverse group of engaged and excited people."
--Paul Zelizer, Co-Founder, Wisdompreneurs
“Melissa is a authentic change maker who is passionate about mindfulness, happiness and creating a compassionate society. Her intelligence and commitment shine in both one to one and community settings. At Project Happiness, Melissa was instrumental in helping implement the Project Happiness curriculum for young children and their parents in East Palo Alto, an underserved neighborhood. Inspiring!”
--Randy Taran, Founder, Project Happiness
Offered by Melissa Sutor, MS, MA
Contact Us to schedule a 30 minute conversation to determine if we are a match to work together.
Consulting rates start at only $25 per hour for nonprofits.
Consulting rates start at $100 per hour for corporations and for profit organizations.
*Special rates for Kama'aina! Contact Us
Invite Melissa to educate and enlighten your organization!