About Us

HOPE is here to harvest opportunities and dismantle the barriers that inhibit growth & innovation in your organization.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion to Help Your Business Growth

Healing Centered Organizations

There have been numerous studies on the positive impacts DEI can have on your bottom line and your culture. Organizations with strong diverse environments are more likely to have:

In many organizations, diversity has become a numbers game, counting the number of underrepresented groups like enslaved people who were counted as property. People of intersectional identities with a history of marginalization in the US are hired into organizations where continuous harm is perpetrated against them. This harm and violence come from multiple sources, including interpersonal interactions and institutional/organizational policies, practices, processes, and procedures. There have been numerous studies on the positive impacts DEI can have on your bottom line and your culture. Organizations with strong diverse environments are more likely to have:

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Our Core beliefs & Values

At HOPE Consulting, we believe that everyone deserves someone who knows the color of their eyes. Through collaborative practices, we create workplaces where people are seen, heard, and valued. We embody the principle of “Sawubona” – the most common greeting in the Zulu tribe. It means, “I see you, you are important to me, and I value you.” It’s a way to make the other person visible and to accept them as they are. In response to this greeting, people usually say “Shiboka,” which means “I exist for you.”

We believe, to belong, one has to be seen. To be significant, one has to contribute. The principle of Sawubona is also about employees integrating themselves into their organizational communities and working toward a shared purpose and business outcome.

Our Mission & Vision

We work to assess and change systems to create practices, policies, procedures, and processes that create organizational cultures that are diverse, equitable, inclusive, and focuses on justice. By conducting qualitative and quantitative data collection processes, we use data analytics, and build metrics to track progress and ROI. We integrate the latest research, practices, and assessments to discover, design, and execute based on client needs. In short, we dismantle the barriers that inhibit growth and innovation in your organization. 

When working with organizations, our strategy for success is to:

  • Establish a learning community — an environment where there are partnerships and collaboration, a commitment to productive, creative, and useful time together, and a willingness to take risks and learn from each other. 
  • use a multitude of tools, techniques, and focus areas, to inspire and encourage leaders to shift from a fixed mindset, when needed, to a growth mindset.
Behind Hope

Meet Our Team

Jocelyn Tejeda
Jocelyn Tejeda is passionate about inspiring and developing change agents to lead creatively and courageously. She is an educator, trainer, and facilitator and helps people and organizations drive innovation, maximize their human potential, and ignite transformation in their lives and in the world. 

She has designed and led dozens of trainings, workshops, and initiatives on creative problem solving, diversity and inclusion, leadership development, women’s
empowerment, and student success. 

Her energy and commitment to helping others advance and bring their vision life has allowed her to work with partners like HBO, St John’s University, the International Center for Studies in Creativity, the Design Innovation Garage (DIG),
the Women’s Business Center at Canisius College, and many others.
Duane Wilson (1)

Duane is the Chief Operating Officer the Boys and Girls Clubs of St. Joseph County and founder of SOAR Consulting. He is relied upon as a facilitator, speaker and coach for Executives and employees at all levels.

Duane has over 20 years of experience helping organizations achieve their goals by bringing clarity and structure to complex and challenging problems. As a Lean/Six Sigma Black Belt and a Certified Change Management Professional, he blends analysis and creativity using research-based approaches coupled with human-centered design to solve problems.

As Board Chair and Core Faculty Member of the Creative Problem Solving Institute, he trains innovators from all over the globe.

Gina Paigen

Gina Paigen, PCC, CPCC, CNTC, Chief Impact Officer of ThirdWay Leadership, is a professional coach, consultant, and facilitator; passionate about guiding individuals, teams, and organizations to a deeper sense of purpose, and to higher levels of creativity, engagement, and inspired action.

She brings a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience in executive coaching, leadership, mindfulness, diversity, equity and inclusion work, business development, team and culture building, strategic planning, entrepreneurship, neuroscience, creative studies, and the arts.

Gina works with her clients to maximize their talent, create dynamic and inclusive cultures, break down silos, build high-performing teams, and deliver a healthy ROI.

Chris Chambers

Dr. Chambers earned a B.A. in Political Science from Drew University, a M.A. in College Student Personnel from the University of Maryland, a M.A. in Sociology from the University of Florida and Ph.D. in Sociology from Texas A&M University. 

Dr. Chambers has a wealth of experience in higher education including 12 years in Student affairs at Drew University, the University of Maryland, Dartmouth College and Duke University. During that time he worked in such functional areas as residence life, multicultural education, leadership education and at Duke’s Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture. An Assistant Professor of Sociology at Providence College, his research explores questions of black identity, racism, gender and sexuality. He teaches courses in Introductory Sociology, Race and Ethnic Relations, Race Class and Gender, the Sociology of Sexualities, Critical Race Theory, Social Theory and Introduction to African American Studies.

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Behind Hope

Dr. Latise Hairston

Dr. Latise Hairston is a dynamic, accomplished certified Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategist respected for delivering a consistent creative vision based on data-driven decision making. She has a proven track record of effectively designing and managing large scale culture transformation projects overseeing the entire implementation cycle. Latise is known as a motivational, influential thought leader and collaborator who is a life-long learner. She builds and maintains lasting relationships, leveraging communication skills to converse with clarity and diplomacy to individuals from diverse backgrounds and expertise. Latise is an out-of-the-box thinker committed to designing, managing and facilitating enterprise-wide innovative change management solutions.

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