“We wanted this year’s company offsite meeting to be a combination of fun, team-building activities and professional development. The Diversity & Inclusion training quickly turned into the focal point. Every single team member rated it as the best part of the day and we all are looking forward to the next session. I highly recommend Shakti Diversity and Equity Training for any organization that wants to energize their team, improve communication and collaboration, and take a big step toward creating an environment where every person knows their voice is valuable.”
Scott Christiansen, CEO
Root3 Marketing & Business Development
Cindu is passionate about meeting companies and DEI leaders where they are and guiding them along their inclusion journey. Her workshop was engaging, educational, and thought-provoking and our team learned so much about becoming more intentionally inclusive. She set us on a path to continue this important conversation, and I'm grateful for her leadership and guidance. Cindu is thorough, professional, and a joy to work with, and any company that is serious about building a more inclusive culture should schedule a Shakti Diversity and Equity training.
Recruiting and DEI Program Manager
"Typically, I dread the response of staff members after a cultural competency training. In fact, we had never provided a Cultural Competency Training that our staff thought was “good”. However two years ago OMNI was lucky to have Cindu lead us in a training. The staff walked away stating that Cindu’s workshop was the best cultural competency training they have experienced. Her workshop was relevant and informative so we brought Cindu back this year, and our staff responded with the same positive feedback. They especially loved the discussion of color blindness/color consciousness and equity vs. equality.”
President of Omni Youth Services
“Most of my executive experience has been within the corporate world and I have taken numerous classes on Diversity throughout the 80s and 90s and early 2000s. Cindu’s workshops are the best I have ever experienced because she helped me to see diversity from a new perspective and my thinking and way of being was re-framed as a result. Cindu helped me, from an empathetic point of view, see how people of different races, cultures, and sexual orientations experience, think, and feel about our world. In the past, I was taught what to say and what not to say so that as a manager/executive I wouldn't step in legal "hot water." I wasn't taught how to communicate and work with someone who is different from me. I highly recommend these programs.”
Karen L. Schmidt
Houston Community College Foundation
"Cindu intertwined her personal experience with extensive research to provide Hanover Park's Cultural Inclusion & Diversity Committee with an authentic and moving workshop. Cindu customized our session by incorporating our committee dynamics, Hanover Park's demographics, and our goals and priorities. If we were to do this training again, we would opt for a multi-day training."
Hanover Park Trustee and Board Liaison
"When we were beginning our DEI journey, we worked with a number of different recommended trainers. Immediately, Cindu singled herself out due to her experience, proactive council, and adaptability, particularly as we adjusted to all-virtual trainings in response to COVID-19. Our first DEI training session with Cindu was so well received by our staff that we immediately scheduled a follow up session for our management team and senior leaders. Cindu’s personal commitment and interweaving of her own story and DEI journey in her trainings really resonated with our staff. I’d highly recommend her as a trainer and facilitator regardless of where you are in your organizational DEI journey."
Tina Fasset Smith
Director of Innovation and Strategic Alignment
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
"One of the highlights of attending YWCA’s Economic Empowerment Summit was Cindu’s racial justice workshop. It was impactful, relevant and educational. She is an engaging presenter."
Vice President of Operations Walgreens
"The knowledge gained from Cindu's workshop served as an excellent foundation for further discussion throughout the school year. We often heard teachers referring back to the training in various meetings throughout the course of the school year, referencing things such as cultural differences in communication or reminding one another to be mindful of the impact poverty or another cultural factor might be having on a particular student. We highly recommend this training!"
Edgerton School District
"When we were looking for a speaker for our event – Cindu came highly recommended. She was engaging, approachable, and knowledgeable. I am glad we went with her, as she made me and the organization look good."
Northern Illinois Food Bank
“Cindu is an amazingly gifted, knowledgeable and compassionate trainer and facilitator. I have attended many diversity, equity and inclusion trainings but never have I taken away so many relevant and concrete tools that I could use to share with others. Not only did she give great tools but she also helped me feel inspired to facilitate my own conversations on DEI with my team. I hope to get a chance to bring her to my university for trainings with others!”
Assistant Director of Employee Engagement
University of Oregon
“I want to personally thank you for facilitating such an engaging training. This is no easy task for a virtual/remote setting - your facilitation style paired with your openness and compassion really made for some rich discussion and reflection.”
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
“I found Cindu's Inclusive Leadership Academy series to be very beneficial for my personal and professional development as a leader. Over my career, I’ve attended numerous diversity workshops, many of which I walked away from disappointed. Cindu’s workshop was different in that it challenged me to think about differences in cultures and subcultures, unconscious bias and other diversity and inclusion challenges in the workplace. Diversity and inclusion is everyone’s work, and this training helped me renew my passion for this work."
Executive Director of Workforce & Professional Development Institute
College of Lake County
“It has been wonderful to participate in workshops led by Cindu Thomas-George then to observe the impact on participants. Cindu is not only an excellent presenter who is current in the latest researchers, but engages her audience through meaningful discussion and activities.”
Dr. Jerry Weber
President of Bellevue College
"This was an excellent workshop- I enjoyed it from start to finish. I came away feeling empowered to help institute change at my institution. This was my favorite session of the entire five day conference."