Dr. Kathy Obear has over 30 years of experience as an organizational development consultant and trainer specializing in creating inclusion, team and organizational effectiveness, conflict resolution, and change management. She has given speeches, facilitated training sessions, and consulted to top leaders at hundreds of universities, human service and K-12 organizations, and corporations across the United States and internationally designed to increase the passion, competence, and commitment to create inclusive, socially just environments for all members of the organization. She has facilitated “training of trainers” programs for student affairs professionals, faculty, and student leaders at numerous colleges and universities. Dr. Obear is a Founding Faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute (www.sjti.org) and has taught graduate level courses on Effective Facilitation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is regarded as an expert at training leaders and facilitators to navigate difficult dialogues and triggering events.
It is imperative that leaders and staff demonstrate the capacity and competence to create inclusive environments that support the success of the full breadth of members in their organizations and effectively meet the needs of the increasingly diverse populations they serve. – Kathy