Recognizing the crucial role that public libraries play in promoting civil discourse and serving as community hubs, I am dedicated to delivering engaging and interactive programming that fosters dialogue and understanding across differences. In a world often marked by division and discord, my mission is to spread hope and demonstrate that peace is achievable. I believe in making the world a better place, one conversation at a time.

I share much of the wisdom I have gained through working with groups in my bestselling book, Together We Decide: An Essential Guide For Making Good Group Decisions (Greenleaf Book Group, 2023).

In 2019, I was honored to receive the American Civic Collaboration Award for creating and facilitating Make Shift Coffee Houses. These community gatherings provided a space where individuals from diverse political backgrounds could come together to engage in dialogue and understand each other’s perspectives. To learn more about this work, click here.

As a professional facilitator, author, and public speaker, I bring decades of experience, insights, and stories that create dynamic, inspiring, and interactive experiences. Through dynamic group sessions, I aim to provide a shared experience that maximizes value for all participants.

Explore the following offerings, or let’s collaborate to craft a session tailored to your needs.

How to Serve Our Communities Even When People Seem to Hate Each Other

Practical Tips for Building Resilience Through Dialogue

On a planning committee? Invite me to be the keynote speaker at your upcoming library conference.

Librarians, your commitment to fostering community dialogue and connection is truly remarkable. And your role in creating a third space that welcomes everyone is critical, especially in today’s world. I want to help empower you to bring people together.

Together, we’ll confront one of today’s toughest challenges: navigating division and fostering understanding in the midst of conflict.

I bring years of experience as a facilitator and public speaker along with principals and insights shared in bestselling book, Together We Decide (Greenleaf Book Group, 2023).

I love what I do and that energy comes with me. I’ll deliver a dynamic and uplifting experience to your audience and a great kickoff to your event. My interactive style models how to communicate in order to understand each other and emphasizes why we want to foster inclusivity and empathy, even in polarized environments.

Investing in this offering brings immense value to every member of your professional association. My keynote offers engaging stories and valuable insights about why bringing people together and fostering mutual understanding is critical for building healthy, connected, resilient communities.

I want to talk about why libraries, as community hubs, are the perfect place to make this happen. Bring me to your conference! It will be an impactful session that inspires every librarian in the room to feel like they can make a difference in their community.

Professionally Facilitated Community Conversation

On a Controversial Topic of Your Choice

In our polarized society, fostering respectful conversations is crucial for building strong communities. Unfortunately, many communities lack platforms for constructive dialogue, leading to increased division and polarization.My expertise lies in facilitating respectful discussions aimed at fostering shared understanding. These forums are not debates, and the goal isn’t to reach a single correct answer or find common ground as a group.

Instead, the aim is to foster mutual understanding across differences. I guide discussions using topics to frame conversations, but the central question is almost always: “Why do you believe that?

I am prepared to expertly facilitate a respectful conversation on a topic of your choice, or perhaps you might like one of these topics that have proven to be very successful:

Patriotism: What does it mean to be patriotic?

  • How do we measure how patriotic a person is?
  • Is a natural born citizen more patriotic than a ‘New American’?
  • Is a person in uniform more patriotic than a person in shorts and flip flops?
  • Is a veteran more patriotic than a war protester?
  • Is it patriotic to speak against the government?
  • Is it okay to not recite the pledge of allegiance?
  • Is it okay to take a knee during the National Anthem?
  • When you think of a “truly patriotic act,” what are you thinking of?

Freedom: What does it mean to you?

  • Which is the most important freedom in your life?
  • Has your freedom ever been endangered by a different belief?
  • Is it okay if your idea of freedom collides with your neighbor’s?
  • Have you ever felt an absence of freedom?
  • Was it justified?
  • Are there freedoms you are most afraid of losing? And why?

Invite me to facilitate a meaningful conversation in your community around a topic of your choice that is dividing your community. I’ll bring my high energy and professional skills to create an impactful experience for your community, in a ready-made program that requires minimal logistical support from your staff.

How to Get Along With People Who Think Different Than You

Practical Tips for Productive Dialogue in Divided Communities

As a passionate advocate for peacemaking, I draw from my extensive experience with consensus decision-making to promote healing in our world. In my dynamic author talk, I underscore the importance of open-mindedness and evolving opinions for thriving communities. Using my book Together We Decide (Greenleaf Book Group, 2023) as a springboard for interactive conversation, I bring inspirational stories and teach practical skills for getting along and moving forward together. I’d love to talk to your community about cultivating inclusivity and cooperation across divides. Let’s make it happen!

Take a Next Step?

  • Ready to invest in a conference keynote experience?
  • Want to book an author visit that gives your community tools for peace, connection, and collective vision?
  • Want to host an inspiring community conversation with professional facilitation?
  • Want to know about dates or availability? Let’s discuss.