Sponsored by: Matrix Leadership and Humans Who Lead (Sydney, AUS)
Fee: By Donation. All proceeds go to Gerald Boyd and ESTACI [his non-profit]
We are living in a time of unprecedented turbulence and uncertainty. George Floyd’s murder on May 25, 2020, catalyzed protests in cities and towns across the U.S. and around the world. . This ongoing movement is a collective cry for justice and accountability, for police policy replacement and for an end to systemic racism in the U.S. The horrors of systemic racism in the criminal justice and medical systems are being exposed. “Say their names”: The names and cases of countless other black and brown people who were senselessly murdered.
For those of us who are people who benefit from white privilege, this movement cannot be framed as “saving” or helping black people. Whites must peel back the veils of white privilege that result in non-action. We need to stare into the shadow of our conditioning in white supremacy which for centuries has been baked into the systems that uphold our society, whether or not we are aware of them, whether or not we agree with them. AND we need our friends and colleagues who are people of color. We need their genius, their spirit and their love. And right now, our friends need us—to come running, to take action that will result in protection, justice and equality. We need each other. WE ARE in this together.
During these times of navigating the COVID-19 pandemic and our increasingly corrupt, authoritarian and white government (think class, power and wealth), we are living in amplified fields of threat, fear and confusion. We are all vulnerable to this virus that demands we stay separate, yet we must connect to give voice. We must right the wrongs.
Everything and everyone counts. Together, our voice and impact make a difference.
We've gathered some awesome people to lead this training.
Learn more about a couple of them below.
Gerald is the Founder/Director of Eastern Shore Training and Consulting (ESTAC Inc.) and the Co-Director of Peacewerks Center for Well-Being, both in Exmore, VA.
He completed the Matrix Leadership Facilitator Training and is a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor II, an Internationally Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, a Certified Life Coach and a Certified Mediator.
With more than 40 experience years in the fields of applied sociology, human development and addiction recovery, Gerald holds a Master of Divinity in Transpersonal Psychology. He has worked in civil and human rights, anti-oppression, anti-racism, grassroots organizing, and liberation struggles.
Gerald is an independent consultant specializing in diversity and conflict resolution, and personal and social transformation. He is currently enrolled in a PsyD program at the Graduate Theological Foundation.
Amina cofounded Matrix Leadership in 1990. She considers herself a social artist and has been facilitating groups and trainings for almost 40 years.
She currently works as a consultant, facilitator and coach to healthcare organizations, businesses, non-profits, schools and communities. She also offers leadership and life coaching to teams, partners and individuals. She also works internationally teaching public workshops and working with companies in Australia, Singapore, Russia and the UK. She is the author of a forthcoming book on Matrix Leadership.
Since 2000, Amina has been committed to learning about systems of oppression and privilege and to utilizing Matrix Leadership to create a culture of allies.
Previously, she was a trainer for the Hakomi Institute of Body-Centered Psychotherapy for 15 years and an owner/practitioner in Wellspring, Partners in Health (a holistic medical clinic) for 15 years. In her work with communities, she incorporates somatic, energetic and intuitive approaches as well as dance, movement, voice, art and practices of mindfulness.
She also leads retreats for women called Fully Embodied Woman: Remembering the Sacred Feminine. Amina has two adult children and lives in the beautiful mountain foothills of Boulder, Colorado