The frameworks for our work center on fostering a collective sense of belonging and bridging across people, social groups and organizations. We partner with leaders that are building diverse, equitable and justice focused communities.
"This moment finds us at an inflection point. We can choose to continue the well-worn path of exclusion, supremacy and othering, fueled by narratives of fear and threats. Or we can elevate stories and practices of mutuality and interdependence. Bridging is about increasing acceptance of diverse peoples, values and beliefs while giving us greater access to different parts of ourselves. It can help us build a large 'we' that does not demand assimilation." john.a.powell
We are profoundly inspired and guided by the work and lexicon of the Othering & Belonging Institute.
Monica was born in London, England where she attended law school and practiced human rights & immigration law. She also worked as a commercial lawyer in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Building equitable communities and creating opportunities for people to inclusively engage in hard conversations and experiences has always played a central role in her life and work. Monica co-founded Race Around NWA which focuses on exposing and challenging historical systems of racial inequity to build more systemically equitable, regional institutions. She consults and coaches on creating belonging & bridging, building inclusion & equity and uplifting diverse teams and leaders. She frequently speaks and presents on inclusion and equity practices and leads customized workshops and trainings. She previously served as the Director of Diverse Social Networks at the Excellerate Foundation and was the Executive Director of Downtown Bentonville Inc. She owns a small co-working & culture house in Rogers, NWA and lives with her family in downtown Bentonville where they enjoy the myriad of incredible parks, trails, and unique arts experiences. She serves on the executive board of the Greater Bentonville Chamber of Commerce as the 2022 incoming Chairwoman and the Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Board for the city of Bentonville.