Diversity is not

a problem to be solved

We partner with leaders & organizations to create the safety, high standards, & trust that leverage diversity & transform workplace cultures.

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Do You Recognize These Leadership Challenges?

You have hired multiple Directors of DEI

. . . but retention remains a challenge

You want good working relationships

. .  . but employees struggle with interpersonal conflict.

You have company values

. . . but your employees don’t embody them.

You are making an effort to hire for representation

. . . but People of Color and women continue to leave.

You want collaboration

. . . but your employees are working in silos.

Your leaders look for quick fixes

. . . but don’t grapple with difficult decisions.

Younger employees ask for a social justice stand

. . . but you don’t want to wade into politics.

“We’ve been so blessed to be able to partner with Leverage to Lead. They’ve been vital to our organization’s stability and future. Our work together came at a time when we needed help driving alignment with our values. Leverage to Lead brought the level of training and a path forward we needed, and in a way that included different perspectives and experiences.” 

Alison Brunner

CEO, Law Foundation of Silicon Valley

Everyone Has Biases

Without proactive measures to disrupt the status quo, conscious and unconscious biases will continue to shape your company culture.

The consequences are predictable:

  • Valued employees continue to leave.
  • Your organization stays trapped in repetitive, distracting cycles of crisis management.
  • Revenue and profitability suffer with time spent managing employee discontent.
  • Leadership becomes a burden.
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Changing the future

Building the Future of Equitable Work

We’ve never known a world without bias or discrimination. We have to create it together.

Imagine workplaces where individuals don’t just fit in but truly belong.

Where safety and trust foster innovation, creativity, and heightened contributions.

Your whole company can be a place where everyone is engaged in doing their best work.

This Work Is Hard

We don’t ask clients to do anything we haven’t done or aren’t continuously doing ourselves.

We know first-hand what it means to practice the self-awareness, risk-taking, and disruption required to go beyond punishment and reward and create a sense of belonging. This is ongoing work for us during regular professional development and team onboarding. Our company is where we prototype, practice, and continue to work on proof of concept.

Our Clients

We’ve guided organizations from cultures of fear and conformity to ones that welcome our full humanity and leverage differences. Our tools empower organizations to engage with and benefit from diversity, not shy away from it.

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Lowell HS
Impact Fund
World Savvy
Global Citizen Year

We’ve worked across many industries, including:

  • Law Firms
  • Education Technology
  • Independent Schools
  • Environmental Justice
  • Renewable Energy
  • Software
  • Medical Technology
  • Retail
  • National Parks
  • Community Housing
  • Strategic Planning
  • Nonprofits
  • Religious Institutions
  • Arts

“As a remote team, it was a gift that Leverage to Lead helped us truly be able to listen to each other and put ourselves in our colleague’s shoes for the first time in a long time. I’ve noticed more empathy and active listening in meetings. There’s more openness and sharing. My hope for the future is that the groundwork we laid continues to grow. Leverage to Lead opened up a new world of collaboration possibilities for our team.”

Bridget S.

Eden I&R Inc.

How We Partner with You


Introductory Meeting

We get to know each other and begin our relationship.


Initial Processing Sessions

We work to understand your leadership’s perspective on the current culture via one-on-one and small group sessions.


Strategy and Advisement Session

A two-hour session to hold up a mirror to your culture, define your challenges, and chart the way forward. Our goal is to design a strategy complete with priorities, timelines, and approaches.


The Journey

Our ongoing support and trainings are tailored to your organization’s unique challenges. We’ll guide you on the path to long-term change, ensuring that partnership, connection, and accountability become cornerstones of your culture.

Begin your transformation toward a more inclusive and equitable workplace where diversity can thrive.

Read Our Blog

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The Disruption of Storytelling

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The Disruption of Listening

The act of disrupting bias comes in many forms. Most often, we tend to think of the vocal ones—speaking out in a meeting or verbally challenging a stereotype. The articles in this series explore the many and various ways we can all participate in disrupting bias, with...