We create a compassionate space for uncomfortable conversations

Awaken offers unique, thought-provoking workshops and facilitation services that enable today's workforce to address tough diversity, leadership, and culture questions head-on. Say goodbye to outdated "diversity and leadership workshops" that only scratch the surface of what's truly at stake.


Hello, reality!


Since the 2016 U.S. Presidential election...

  • 1 in 4 employees have experienced diminished productivity and more stress 

  • 87% of employees are distracted, reading political social-media posts during the day

  • Nearly 50% of employees saw political conversation turn into an argument 

  • 24% of tech workers reported having felt discriminated against at their current companies due to their race, gender, age, religion or sexual orientation

  • 57% of workers said they did not know what actions their company is taking to address the issue. An additional 25% did not believe their companies were taking any action

Sources: American Psychological Association, Wakefield Research, Fortune


So what are you going to do? 


Ban political discussions? Not an option.
Hire diverse talent and hope for the best? Good luck attracting and retaining them.
Wait for a great company culture to emerge organically? LOL, that's funny.



Address the reality head-on and show your employees that you care.
Empower your people leaders to listen and facilitate open and honest dialogues.
Help your employees show up as their full selves without fear so they can truly thrive.

Let us help.


We bring modern, woke AF workshops on authenticity, social justice, diversity, and inclusive leadership to transform the way people show up.



Our Most Popular Workshop Topics

Building Value-Driven Culture

Achieve clarity around your business or life values, mission, and goals. Learn how to achieve alignment within yourself, with others, and across the organization. We leverage our decades of management consulting experience.

Popular among: 

  • Executive teams
  • New working parents
  • People leaders
  • Teams struggling to execute in alignment or without a clear cultural roadmap

Overcoming Microaggression

Unconscious bias and much more. Empower everyone to identify, understand, and overcome microaggressions that silently plague the workplace. Interactive role-plays, real-life examples, and a whole lot of aha moments.

Popular among: 

  • Executive teams
  • People leaders
  • First-time / emerging managers
  • All employees
  • Teams wanting to create a mindful and inclusive culture for all employees
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Power, Privilege, Allyship

What is underlying unconscious bias? Let's go deeper. This Diversity & Inclusion fundamentals course addresses issues most people feel ill-equipped to discuss. We provide language and tools to create a safe, brave, and compassionate space.

Popular among: 

  • Executive teams
  • People leaders
  • First-time / emerging managers
  • All employees
  • Teams tired of scratching the surface and are ready to go deeper in creating inclusion
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Our unique philosophy:

Incremental Awakening TM

We approach our education with compassion and an incremental mindset, fully recognizing becoming “woke” is a continuum and there is no true mastery. We welcome people on all stages of their awakening journey and provide incremental steps to empower them to take action, no matter how small.

People are going nuts over us.

(And we love them right back!)

I really enjoyed the combination of individual and group work. Very insightful and highly enjoyable experience!
— Culture Summit: Creating a Value-Driven Culture Workshop Attendee
I feel grateful to be working at a company that provides a space for us to reflect and learn about ourselves and talk about how to bring our whole-selves to work
— Anonymous Google Employee / Workshop Attendee
Maria Cecilia Perez / UC Berkeley Haas School of Business
One of the greatest challenges to overcoming our own implicit biases is our failure to acknowledge them. Having the opportunity to learn the nuances of microaggressions by going through powerful simulations has forever changed the way I confront my own subjective view points and has encouraged me to question those around me. Awaken challenges you to think critically about your thoughts and actions, especially when those implicit biases may have unintended consequences for the social and professional trajectories of others.
— Maria Cecilia Perez, UC Berkeley Haas School of Business

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