Research indicates that organizations operating inclusively have stronger business results, higher employee satisfaction, and better talent pool selection. Our goal is to develop programs that provide a clear understanding of diversity and inclusion, offer inclusive practices, and advise on translating strategic goals into practical results.
The Gatson Group believes an organization’s greatest asset is its people. We are committed to operating with the utmost integrity and excellence while creating innovative and sustainable solutions for our clients.
Organizational Consulting Services
Whether your organization currently has no D&I program or just wants to take your D&I program to the next level, The Gatson Group’s consulting services can help your organization become an industry leader with bespoke guidance and advice in all areas of Diversity & Inclusion, including the development, implementation, benchmarking, and refining of:
- Inclusion Strategy Development
- Diversity Committees/Councils
- Community Engagement
- Employee Resource Groups
- Diversity Recruiting, Retention & Engagement
- Diversity Communications
The Gatson Group offers in-person and virtual Diversity and Inclusion training workshops created with your needs in mind. These courses explore key inclusive leadership competencies, as well as offers proven strategies that increase employee performance and organizational effectiveness.
All Workshops are designed to help participants gain an enhanced understanding of diversity and inclusion; improve their ability to interact with respect, dignity, and fairness; increase the effectiveness of their communications, especially cross-culturally; and identify specific strategies that increase inclusive leadership competencies, organizational effectiveness, and contribute to your bottom line.
Workshop topics include:
Principles of Inclusive Leadership
Research indicates that organizations operating inclusively have stronger business results, higher employee satisfaction, and better talent pool selection. As the workplace becomes more diverse, organizations are beginning to recognize that Inclusive Leadership is a critical skill. This course explores 4 key Principles of Inclusive Leadership, as well as identifies key strategies that increase Inclusive Leadership competencies and organizational effectiveness.
Your Role in Workplace Inclusion
Aimed at giving every member of an organization the understanding needed to support inclusion in the workplace by identifying the differences between diversity and inclusion, increasing awareness of attitudes towards diversity, and identifying effective strategies and best practices that work at all levels.
Is Your Bias Showing?
Each of us have bias of some kind. This workshop aides participants in identifying the key forms of bias and teaches strategies for recognizing institutionalized bias and the impact it has on the organization, as well as practical tips that can be quickly implemented to support a more inclusive workplace.
“I attended the 3-day virtual CDE training, and Felicia was an excellent facilitator. Her experience, expertise, and pearls of wisdom are invaluable. Her ability to engage participants using a down to earth, real-world experience approach is so impactful and helped me to retain and apply the information. Felicia’s pedagogical style and business acumen are definitive assets for facilitating viable integration of DEIB strategies into organizational culture. I thoroughly enjoyed the training and would recommend using Felicia and the Gatson Group’s services without reservation.”Dr. Angela Richard-EaglinDNP, MSN, FNP-BC, CNE, FAANP
Associate Dean for Equity, Associate Professor
Yale School of Nursing
“I’ve been to these kinds of trainings before, and they were useless. This one was fabulous! Felicia was so engaging and fun. I took a lot away, and I think it will really resonate with my team.”Inclusive Leadership Class Participant
“I’ve been through this training before, and hands down, this was the best. It was actually fun.”Inclusive Leadership Class Participant
“She was great. I loved her. She made the class.”Inclusive Leadership Class Participant
“Her energy was great. Made a sensitive topic relatable.”Inclusive Leadership Class Participant
“What else does she offer? I want to sit through more of her classes.”Inclusive Leadership Class Participant
“I attended Felicia's CDE prep course and was truly amazed by her facilitation skills and the course content! Not only was the information timely and relevant, but her real-life examples added color commentary, making the three-day class interesting and engaging. I was truly amazed to learn new information and data about subjects that I thought I knew well. I feel better prepared to take the certification exam and am excited about working on my candidate project!”Jylle JoynerSr. Training and Education Consultant Texas Association of School Boards
“The Certified Diversity Professional (CDP) course was so informative and fun. The opening exercise to get to know one another was innovative and set a wonderful tone for the class. The three days passed quickly with so much useful information being shared. The opportunity to learn from Felicia’s experiences added practicality to the material. It was wonderful to learn from one another in the class as well. Felicia made us all feel valued and demonstrated that our experiences contributed in a meaningful way to the experience. I couldn’t recommend Felicia and the CDP course any more vigorously! Thank you so much!”Jolene Welker, BS-HRTD, MOLPIdaho National Laboratory, Inclusion Council Administrator
“Felicia’s expertise and experience managing successful institution-wide diversity and inclusion efforts proved extremely beneficial for the successful delivery of our effort. She is a visionary, detail-oriented, has tremendous insight and her performance was outstanding.”Michael WilliamsTexas Education Commissioner, Former
“I recently participated in the (CDE)® Certified Diversity Executive Certification Prep Course. This experience served me well while sitting through the learning experience, after I left the learning experience, and is still relevant in my practice today. I have been able to immediately apply the material to help me navigate controversy and to build initiatives beyond my political reach. Without reservation, I recommend master teacher/practitioner, Felicia Johnson, Founder & Managing Director of THE GATSON GROUP, LLC.”Dr. Malika CarterChief Diversity OfficerSUNY Environmental Science and Forestry
“What a great presentation and so relevant to the American work environment. Felicia presented the workshop, "Effective Strategies for Conflict Resolution in the Workplace" at our Power Hour, lunch and learn, for our members. It was right on target with what we wanted our members to hear. Conflict is bound to happen, at some time in the workplace. It is important to, not only, know how to resolve it, but, equally as important, to know what causes is and work to prevent it.”Mary Ann KellamPresident & CEO
Irving Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
“We were excited to welcome Felicia Johnson as the keynote speaker for the Chamber’s annual meeting. As we embark on a major diversity and inclusion initiative, her insight and expertise were an important component of our overall strategy. Feedback from the nearly 600 meeting attendees was extremely positive, and we look forward to working with Felicia again in the future.”Wendy Gramza, CCEPresident & CEO
Toledo Regional Chamber of Commerce
“Time/Money Very Well Spent. During three-intensive-days, Felicia guided us through a journey of self-discovery, self-awareness and reaffirmation of our commitments to diversity and inclusion. Felicia’s knowledge, expertise, and abundance of experience in the D&I field added exceptional value to the many sessions we covered during the certification program. In addition to the sessions, Felicia encouraged us to engage in honest conversations around different topics which helped us to better appreciate, understand and learn from each other’s D&I journeys and experiences. I highly recommend Felicia as an exceptional D&I business partner”Reynaldo SolivanSenior Diversity & Inclusion SpecialistFederal Reserve Bank of Dallas
“Felicia is a fantastic instructor. She knows her content very well and she keeps the audience informed and entertained. Her communication skills are outstanding. She solves problems and helps the individual come to a new level understanding of what is possible. Felicia inspires others and she maintains a positive attitude.”Sylvia BujakMarketing Director
American Learning Institute
“I knew I was in the presence of a real professional. And then I experienced you as a "Three 'P' Speaking Pro: Poised, Purposeful & Passionate! You articulated key points and appropriately used slides to reinforce the "D & I" message. Your brief yet emotionally charged story about tactfully confronting and ultimately engaging a closed-minded individual touched everyone in the room.”Mark Gorkin MSW, LICSWThe Stress Doc ™
“Felicia was a fantastic instructor! She knows the content well, encouraged open participation and kept the class focused. Felicia welcomed and encouraged open discussion and followed through by supporting us when we did so.”Inclusive Leadership Class Participant
“Thank you for leading us through training on Diversity and Inclusion. I did not know what to expect coming into it. Some trainings lack engagement, energy and tend to feel like we are checking the box. Beyond the content, your ability to facilitate this training was very impactful. You were inclusive, allowed for storytelling and further personalized the training with your experience.”Inclusive Leadership Class Participant
“We found Felicia’s communication skills to be strong and extremely relatable. She has a terrific sense of humor and has a way of engaging participants around a subject that can be uncomfortable. Her approach was refreshing, inviting and we would welcome Felicia to return any time. Felicia should be your next business consultant and I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.”Patty SchoepfExecutive Director
“We found Felicia’s communication skills to be strong and extremely relatable. She has a terrific sense of humor and has a way of engaging participants around a subject that can be uncomfortable. Her approach was refreshing, inviting and we would welcome Felicia to return any time. Felicia should be your next business consultant and I would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.”Cline TaplinDevelopment Director
Dallas Hope Charities