What People Are Saying

School Leaders: Sydney John, Alejandra Rodriguez, Frank Reed

We are pleased and humbled to share some of the many tributes received from our UnityWorks site team leaders, our workshop participants and other friends who, in turn, are touching the lives of thousands of children and youth who will shape our world for years to come.

Lailanie Richmond

“UnityWorks has been conducting online trainings for our District and I cannot recommend them enough. Their classes are exceptional. They create a safe space where participants can have difficult discussions in an open dialog that invites self-reflection and a willingness to make small impactful changes.”

Lailanie Richmond, Paraeducator
Jenkins Creek Elementary School

“It is a rare gift to be able to speak effectively to such a diverse group and to be able to hold their interest. Dr. Gottlieb made it seem like the most natural thing in the world. She had all of our attendees thinking AND smiling and leaving her presentations inspired about our potential together in a common future. We would enthusiastically recommend her as one of our most professional, effective and inspirational speakers.”

Francisco D. Salinas, Director of Student Support Services
Washington State University

“It was an absolutely outstanding diversity training. This experience has improved our organizational culture and our relationships with each other and the citizens to whom we deliver justice services. The Yakima County justice system is a better place because of UnityWorks.”

Kenneth A. Ray, M.Ed.
Director, Yakima County Department
of Corrections
Yakima, Washington

“These sessions have been so warm and safe and heartfelt. Above all, I feel like I learned leaps and bounds and I feel prepared to be a more culturally responsive teacher. Thank you for sharing this experience with me!”

Jessica Lester, Teacher
4th Grade Dual Language English
Neely O’Brien Elementary School

“The two-week training was very enthusiastically received by the Ngobe teachers. They called it the best seminar ever received! You have won the heart of the Ngobe people. We are deeply grateful.”

Mrs. Rosemary Bailey
Board of Directors
Foundation for Development
and Culture, Panama

“Words cannot adequately describe how phenomenal the UnityWorks workshop was. It was such an amazing week. I learned so much and am still processing new insights and understandings. The work you are doing is truly transformational!”

Jessica Kerr, Director
Cultivating Capacities, Colorado​

“Your diversity training was one of the most highly rated activities ​of the whole program. They had amazing things to say about it. We would love to invite you to do another!”

Alison Kilkenny, Foundation
for International Understanding
through Students
University of Washington

“I received nothing but positive feedback about your training. We are working on four projects as a result. I had some Eureka moments… which always feels good!”

Cynthia Martinez
Senior Assistant City Attorney
City of Yakima

“We received the highest evaluations from students that I can recall in my many years of planning schools. I know we won’t be able to top this one.”

Wendy Diessner
Board of Directors
Sheltering Branch
Summer School​

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