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BD101 Associates

Niyonu Spann

FOUNDER

Every BD101 Intensive has started with participants exploring ‘what they have always known.’ I intentionally start by inviting that part of us that existed before and throughout much of life’s conditioning. When I ask myself this same question, I find that there has always been a burning within me to build bridges or to break down walls of separation between people(s). My life work has been re-membering our interconnection and living from that reality.

This call has increasingly demanded vigorous truth-telling and unrelenting heart-connection.  Whether composing a piece of music, facilitating a board of directors’ strategic planning process, having a one-on-one executive coaching session or having a heartfelt discussion with an intimate partner, the central theme has remained: Create a space for the acknowledgment of what is, of what has been and of the living vision for the future.

My formal training has come in three primary areas:  Music, Organization Development (OD) & Transformative Processes.  It is easiest to articulate the training in the first two areas.

  • Oberlin Conservatory of Music – BA/BM in Voice Performance

  • American University/NTL – MSHRD in Human Resources (with an emphasis on Organization Development)


My studies in Transformation have been lifelong but began in earnest when I met and participated in workshops facilitated by Dr. Darya Funches.  I found in Darya’s teachings, a masterful integration of science, spirituality, psychology and organization development.  Darya was then a part of the NTL (National Training Laboratories) Board, which she later chaired.  I continue to study with Dr. Darya and always honor her teachings as foundational in my work.


Professional positions that have allowed me to integrate, grow and contribute include:

  • Twelve years as a high school teacher

  • Four years as a high school administrator

  • Eight years as Executive Director of a national non-profit called, The Green Circle Program, Inc.

  • Founder & President of Niyonu Spann Associates [Formerly TrV Consulting]

  • Founder & Director of Tribe 1 – a singing & drumming performance group

  • Four years as Dean of Pendle Hill (A Quaker, adult study center)

  • Co-Founder & Principal – Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations/Organizing [CEIO]

There have been over twenty-five 5-Day BD101 Intensives including BD101Trainings for Trainers, BD101 Advance!, BD101 COR (Creating Organizational Readiness) and BD101Race.   This is quite amazing and humbling when I think of what it takes to bring ourselves to any workshop - no less a 5-day Intensive.
I am encouraged by and grateful for the learning and re-membering that happens within me during each BD101.  I stay hungry for connecting and expanding in these ways.  Our world is likewise yearning to be a part of communities of vigorous truth-telling and unrelenting heart-connection.   

 

May the work continue to grow ~ within and without.


Follow NIyonu's work:

www.niyonuspann.com

www.ceio.org

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Lisa Graustein

FACILITATOR

Lisa has attended several BD101 intensives as intern, assistant facilitator and as the first BD101 Co-Facilitator.  She has a fierce dedication to living justice and has been highly praised by participants in BD101 workshops as a wise and courageous facilitator. 

 

A 2008 TfT participant said the following about Lisa, "I appreciated her strength in explaining the (BD101) frameworks, seeing and saying what was happening at the group level." "Lisa has many gifts to share and it is obvious that she has done much personal growth work herself." 

Lisa is a high school teacher, an artist, and works with Boston-area non-profits concerning issues of school diversity and safety.

After her second BD101 intensive, Lisa wrote:

 

"I originally sought out BD101…seeking ways for all of us to gain greater wholeness and [to discover methods for] white people working on racism with other white people.  …The first BD101 gave me a new model of what that could be like (and that it was possible) and this second BD101 helped me see even more possibilities and pushed me much further towards my own wholeness."

Tonya McClary, Esq.

FACILITATOR

Tonya is a healer, attorney and grassroots organizer. For over 15 years she has been working domestically and abroad to highlight and bring to the forefront human rights abuses against people in the United States. Tonya is very passionate about her healing work and is currently working to bring this work more fully to the forefront in her own life. For the last few years Tonya’s has focused her healing work inside prisons. She founded two programs in Philadelphia, PA one is the Youth Art & Spirituality Project and the other is called Poetry is Healing. As part of Tonya’s work she has looked very closely at issues of diversity and facilitated diversity workshops with nonprofit organizations.

Tonya has attended several BD101 Intensives as a participant or intern. She also attended the first Training of Trainers in 2006. After attending her first BD101 Intensive Tonya’s perspective on diversity work changed. She credits BD101 with shifting old paradigms of traditional diversity training and shedding new light on how this kind of work can be done.

 

"I found the experience transformative. Every time I attend a BD101 I walk away challenging myself to be a better person and facilitator. I find that I have ah-ha moments weeks and months after each one, as I challenge myself to have a deeper understanding of the issues that are raised in the workshop. I will continue to attend BD101's and know that with each one I will gain a deeper understanding of how diversity issues play out in my life and the world around me."

Dr. Amanda Kemp

FACILITATOR

Dr. Amanda Kemp is a racial justice and mindfulness mentor. She is the author of the indy best-seller Say the Wrong Thing: Stories and Strategies for Racial Justice and Authentic Community.

 

Dr. Kemp has been called a master teacher, having helped over 25,000 people build their capacity to practice self- compassion and self-critique. Her H.E.A.R.T. Method for Racial Justice and Mindful Living has been adopted by teachers from grade 6- college levels.

 

Dr. Kemp is a Visiting Scholar in Africana Studies at Franklin & Marshall College and a graduate of Stanford and Northwestern Universities. Her TEDxtalk, “How to Have a Voice andLean in to Conversations about Race,” was recently released. She regularly mentors leaders via her Compassionate Change Makers Program and online classes.

 

Visit www.dramandakemp.com.

Joe Moore

FACILITATOR

Joe Moore is a retired executive of a Fortune 250 Company. He holds an M.S. degree in Organizational Development. He has over 30 years experience in facilitating team-building and management-planning workshops. He is currently teaching management development courses at Penn State University and has been on the faculty of Elmhurst College. He has co-facilitated several diversity sessions for a variety of organizations. Joe has also served as a BD101 Intern and Assistant Facilitator. 

Joe says that, "participating in BD101 has helped me awaken to new ways of seeing myself, other people, groups and larger institutions. I find that I am much more aware of what is happening within and around me as it relates to all aspects of diversity. I really like the holistic approach of BD101. Workshop experiences include paying attention to mind, body and spirit. I have met many new friends through BD101. I use a lot of what I have learned in my teaching, consulting and social justice work. I like doing diversity work, especially the BD101 approach, because I believe that humankind is meant to be connected through love and understanding. This is the best thing I have found to help us reach across artificial divides in order to understand, empathize and heal."

Angela Clinton

FACILITATOR

Angela Clinton is a racial-equity organizer and a diversity and community-organizing trainer. She is committed to large, systemic change and deep healing. 

 

Angela attended her first Beyond Diversity 101 and Training for Trainers in 2008 and has served as intern, staff and assistant facilitator for both trainings.  Experiencing the honesty, vulnerability, truth telling and hopefulness of Beyond Diversity 101 has changed Angela’s life.  She now sees life through the frameworks shared, notices patterns of diversity regularly, and is committed to being full-up in all she is so as to invite others to do the same.

 

Angela’s life’s path has been a winding one that has included organizing, politics, teaching and exploring healing practices.  She has a fierce love of dance and a deep gratitude for yoga.  She is a certified yoga teacher at yogaspirit® studio (200-hour). Angela aims to make yoga accessible to all people especially those who can’t picture themselves on a yoga mat.

 

While organizing fulltime, Angela was on a path to embody the transformational changes she was fighting for in the world, using much of what she learned through BD101.  Currently, she has the honor of directing the Organizer’s Path for Co-Creating Effective and Inclusive Organizations/Organizers (CEIO) in New Haven, CT.  The yearlong intensive support and training program creates space for organizers to become more effective and reflect on themselves and their ways of being as organizers, to embody inclusivity, justice and conscious co-creation.  She also serves as a Capacity Building and Training Partner for CEIO.

Kevin D. Greene

BODY SUPPORT

Kevin has been supporting BD101 intensives with energy and bodywork since 2006.  He is a certified massage therapist of 18 years, and has worked as a facilitator for even longer.  Kevin is a priest of Obatala in the Lukumi Yoruba tradition.  He has practiced Qi Gong and Tai Chi since 1996. 

In 1996 he created the Alternative and Complementary Therapies Program at ActionAIDS, a Philadelphia nonprofit organization serving people with AIDS and HIV.  Kevin has cultivated a daily practice of Qi Gong and has been able to share his personal experience in surviving a life-threatening illness by incorporating this practice into a holistic health care program.


Kevin states that what he most appreciates about Beyond Diversity 101 is that, "though filled with self care, the workshop invites you to dig deep into your beliefs, values and programming and go beyond traditional models and concepts of diversity trainings."

Amanda Ann Godwin

BODY SUPPORT

Amanda is a nationally certified massage therapist and yoga teacher, teaching out of the Kripalu tradition.  Her considerable skills are rooted in her commitment to life-long learning and her great love for the human body and spirit.  Helping to clear the pathway toward healing and transformation is the goal of all she sets her hand to.

 

Amanda has been supporting BD 101 by offering attentive Bodywork and leading Yoga since 2008. 

"It is my firm belief and experience that balancing courageous truth telling with attentive self care on the road to transformation serves us all deeply and well.  BD 101 challenges us to do this in life changing ways."

 

Amanda makes her home with her husband in North Carolina where she practices massage, life coaching & yoga, and quilts

Terna (Tayna) Tilley-Gyado

BODY SUPPORT

Terna (Tayna) Tilley-Gyado is a liberian/nigerian/american facilitator, therapist and energy worker based in Western Massachusetts. She holds Masters degrees in International Conflict Analysis, Teaching, and Global Mental Health.  She has worked for GLSEN, the United Nations, and taught in New York City Public Schools among other adventures.

 

Terna has facilitated conflict resolution and social justice-related workshops for adults and adolescents for 17 years along with developing, implementing and coordinating peer mediation programs. She has also worked as a clinician on a trauma response team focused on providing mental health and case management support for young people and families impacted by homicide and community violence. Terna practices the healing art of Jin Shin Jyutsu. She believes that the process of re-membering our sense of wholeness is an essential part of striving for social justice, and that transforming our relationship to our body is a fundamental part of the quest for liberation.

Thema Haida Graves

BODY SUPPORT

Thema Haida Graves is a certified Usui/Holy Fire Reiki Master, spiritual advisor, and yoga teacher.  Reiki is a powerful tool that uses "universal life energy" to enhance health on all levels-mind, body, and spirit. While holding a space of non-judgement and care, she combines Reiki with intuitive feedback to help the body relax and assist you in accessing inner guidance.

Thema is based out of New Haven, Connecticut where she trains individuals how to be Reiki practitioners, sees personal clients for energy work and spiritual guidance, as well as teaches yoga.

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