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Courageous Conversation™
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We engage in sustained partnerships featuring training, coaching and consulting with organizations to transform beliefs, behaviors and results so people of all races can achieve at their highest levels and live their most empowered and powerful lives.

What Is Courageous Conversation?

COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION™ is our award-winning protocol for effectively engaging, sustaining and deepening interracial dialogue. Through our Framework for Systemic Racial Equity Transformation, we help individuals and organizations address persistent racial disparities intentionally, explicitly, and comprehensively.

The question we receive the most is:

“Why examine and address race?”

For us, there’s a simple answer for this:

Race matters.

Our Why

Race matters in our nation and around the world. It is critical that we address racial issues in order to uncover personal and institutional biases that prevent all people, and especially people of color, from reaching their fullest potential. COURAGEOUS CONVERSATION™ serves as the essential strategy for systems and organizations to address racial disparities through safe, authentic and effective cross-racial dialogue.

For communication and press inquiries, contact Gabriel Joshua Gima, director of communications, at [email protected]

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Courageous Conversation™ and Pacific Educational Group.

Our Work

Pacific Educational Group is a consulting firm committed to forging racial equity. Over our nearly 30-year history, our mission has expanded from an original focus on transforming PreK-12 education and the United States to a broader scope of work that now addresses race in higher education, corporations, nonprofits and law enforcement in Canada, New Zealand and Australia as well.

We believe systemic racism is the most devastating factor contributing to the diminished capacity of all people—especially people of color and indigenous people—to achieve at the highest levels. It fractures our communities and erodes the support and nourishment we would otherwise receive from them. We cannot hope to eliminate the racially predictable outcomes of our lives unless we first discuss race and racism in a way that is earnest, honest and sustainable.

Our Team

To that end, we have developed Courageous Conversation™, a process to understand and discuss race explicitly. Hundreds of thousands of people have learned the Courageous Conversation About Race Protocol™ from our diverse and dynamic staff.

These representatives of various professions, regions and life experiences work together to design curriculum, facilitate seminars and coach leaders to use Courageous Conversation™ in their personal and professional lives.

Our Team
Our Team

These representatives of various professions, regions and life experiences work together to design curriculum, facilitate seminars and coach leaders to use Courageous Conversation™ in their personal and professional lives.

Meet Our Team

EXECUTIVE

Glenn E. Singleton

Glenn E. Singleton

CEO & Founder

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania, B.A., Communications
  • Stanford University, M.A., Education: Administration & Policy Analysis
Brooke Gregory

Brooke Gregory

President

Education

  • University of Colorado-Boulder, B.A., English
  • University of Colorado-Denver, M.A., Administration, Curriculum and Supervision
Chris Lim

Chris Lim

Chief of Staff

Education

  • San Francisco State University, B.A., Social Science & Ethnic Studies
  • San Francisco State University, Standard Elementary Credential
  • San Francisco State University, M.A., Educational Leadership
Luis Versalles

Luis Versalles

Executive Director, Education

Education

  • University of Minnesota, B.A., Spanish with a Minor in Latin American Studies
  • University of Minnesota, M.A., Second Languages and Cultures
  • University of Minnesota, Certificate in PK-12 Educational Administration
  • Superintendent Licensure, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Cal Jackson

Cal Jackson

Executive Director, Corporate Partnerships

Education

  • NTL (Crystal City, VA) Diversity, Inclusion & Social Justice T-Group Certification
  • NTL (Washington, D.C.) Diversity Practitioner Certification Program
  • SHRM (Jacksonville, FL) Diversity Awareness Certification
  • Georgia State University, B.A., Broadcast Journalism

ADMINISTRATIVE

Josina Bohmer-Tapia

Josina Bohmer-Tapia

Communications Coordinator

Education

  • Macalester College, B.A., History
  • University of Washington-Seattle, M.S.W., Social Work (Health)
  • Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker Associate, LSWAIC, State of Washington
Chanel Burrell

Chanel Burrell

Administrative Assistant to CEO

Education

  • University of Arizona Global Campus, B.A., Sports Management
  • Concordia University Irvine, M.A., Athletic Administration
Becky Grupe

Becky Grupe

Administrative Assistant/Master Scheduler

Education

  • University of Colorado-Boulder, B.S., School of Journalism
Laura Hamilton

Laura Hamilton

Administrative Assistant

Education

  • Metropolitan State University of Denver, B.S., Criminology/Criminal Justice
Sheeri Mitchell

Sheeri Mitchell

Executive Assistant to CEO

Education

  • Stanford University, Classical Studies
Marisa Narasaki

Marisa Narasaki

Executive Assistant to Director of PreK-12 District Partnerships

Education

  • California State University-East Bay, B.S., Kinesiology
Apelila Peniata

Apelila Peniata

Executive Assistant to President

Education

  • Macalester College, B.A., Sociology

PROGRAMMING

Courtney Caldwell

Courtney Caldwell

Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, M.A., Education
  • University of Minnesota, B.S., Elementary Education & Spanish
LaKeisha Cook

LaKeisha Cook

Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • Virginia Union University, B.A., Sociology
  • Samuel Dewitt Proctor School of Theology at Virginia Union, M.Div.
  • Northern Arizona University, M.E.d., Educational Leadership
  • United Theological Seminary, D.Min., Leadership and Administration
David Gonzales

David Gonzales

Project Manager

Education

  • Colorado-State University-Pueblo, B.S., Biology & Elementary Education
  • University of Northern Colorado, M.A. Educational Leadership & Policy Studies
Andrea Johnson

Andrea Johnson

Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • Marygrove College, Detroit, Michigan, BFA in Dance Performance with a Group Minor in Theater, Music and Art
  • Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, MAT in English Education, Certification 7-12 English, K-12 Dance
  • National Louis University, Evanston, Illinois, CAS in Educational Leadership, Certification, General Administration
Dawan Julien

Dawan Julien

Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • Columbia University, B.A., African-American Studies
  • Teachers College, Columbia University, M.A., TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Madison Potts

Madison Potts

Equity Transformation Specialist, Associate

Education

  • Kennesaw State University, B.S., Political Science
  • Chattahoochee Technical College, AAS, Interdisciplinary Studies
Janae Townsend

Janae Townsend

Equity Transformation Specialist

Education

  • University of Michigan, B.A., Elementary Education
  • University of Michigan, M.A., Literacy and Language Development
  • Northwestern, M.A., Learning Sciences

OPERATIONS

Jeff Blaskower

Jeff Blaskower

Director of Information Technology

Education

  • San Jose State University, B.A., Psychology
David Davidson

David Davidson

Special Projects Coordinator

Education

  • Eckerd College, B.A., Early Childhood and Elementary Education
  • West Georgia College, M.Ed, Educational Leadership
Adrienne Edmands

Adrienne Edmands

Financial Controller

Education

  • University of Maryland, College Park, B.S., Finance
  • Trinity University, MAT, Elementary Education
Ross Lim

Ross Lim

Lead Tech Support Specialist

Education

  • University of California-Santa Cruz, B.A., Sociology