NASHVILLE— June 22, 2021 – The Courage Collective, a consultancy that takes a holistic and strategic approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) work, announced its official launch today. The Courage Collective creates meaningful, memorable, and transformational experiences for companies and employees, and helps organizations build courageous and empathetic cultures with their people in mind.
The Courage Collective was founded by Daniel Oppong, an experienced entrepreneur with a passion for humanizing the DEI conversation. Founding team members Nani Vishwanath and Lauren Franklin, along with a nationwide team of consultants, bring diverse experience in HR, education, entrepreneurship, change management, well-being, technology and consulting. The Courage Collective works with organizations that are committed to creating meaningful and lasting change in all three phases of the employee journey—pre-employment, during employment and post-employment. The Courage Collective’s DEI services include:
In partnership with a company’s leadership and/or DEI team, The Courage Collective facilitates consulting sessions designed to identify key areas of focus such as:
The Courage Collective team also leads learning sessions designed to deepen awareness and understanding of the ongoing work of DEI in employees’ lives both personally and professionally.
“Most organizations tend to limit their Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion work to two areas: talent acquisition/recruiting and unconscious bias training. While both have value, in our minds that’s hardly the tip of the iceberg. Once an organization truly leans in, they realize that DEI work is and should be much more robust, nuanced, and dimensional,” said Daniel Oppong, co-founder, The Courage Collective. “We take a strategic and holistic approach to DEI work and center that work on Courage and Empathy. Our goal is to create space for the human experience, and equip leaders and employees alike with effective strategies, educational resources, and applicable frameworks to create a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in a sustainable and lasting way.”
The murder of George Floyd was a galvanizing experience for Oppong and The Courage Collective team.
“The consulting business was already in motion, but the devastation of that horrific event was undoubtedly an accelerating catalyst. I realized that if I was waiting for change to be led by people who don’t experientially understand what it means to move through the world in a Black body, or be part of an underrepresented identity group in the workplace, I would likely never see that change,” said Oppong. “Instead of wishfully thinking someone else would bring to life the better, more beautiful world that I hope for and believe in, I felt a sense of resolve to start creating it. I partnered with a team of incredible folks who share a similar passion, expertise and deep care for this important work .”
Since summer of 2020, The Courage Collective has been partnering with organizations that are committed to intentional, meaningful, and sustainable action, and that are willing to consistently demonstrate care to their employees.
“The Courage Collective team has incredible emotional intelligence,” said Tim Mullen, CEO of redpepper. “They quickly created a safe space for our entire company to open up and have meaningful, vulnerable conversations. I could not be more thankful for the personal and professional growth that has come as a result of this experience.”
The Courage Collective team includes: Nani Vishwanath, Lauren Franklin, Isaac Addae, PhD, Brynn Plummer, Lindsay Lagreid, Kelli Nowers, Stacy Taylor, Marianna Hegyi, Jaime Burnham, Isis Avalos, Esther Oppong and Kendall Park, PhD.
The Courage Collective is a consultancy that takes a holistic approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) in the workplace. The company focuses on customer discovery designed to understand where a company is and where it wants to be; strategic priorities to embed DEI across the entire employee journey; and intentional action to create meaningful DEI impact.