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Dr. Kathy Obear

Author | Speaker | Coach | Mentor

For over three decades, Kathy Obear, Ed. D., has been skillfully bridging chasms of inequity and disparity in organizations and businesses starting with the “Alliance For Change”, an organization she founded in 1984.

A Washington College graduate with a BA in History with a Secondary Education Certificate, Kathy received her Master’s in College Student Personnel Administration from The Ohio State University. Continuing her education at The University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Kathy received her doctorate in Social Justice Education.

Today, Kathy’s work focuses on deepening the capacity of leaders, so they can transform their culture and practices to create more inclusive organizations.

President – Center for Transformation and Change

Dr. Kathy Obear is a nationally recognized expert on Social Justice. She is passionately committed to helping organizations create equitable, inclusive environments where everyone feels valued and respected.

Through leadership development, staff training, organizational consulting, and executive coaching, Kathy supports leaders and staff to develop the competencies and determination essential for lasting organizational transformation.

Co-founder – Social Justice Training Institute

“The goal of social justice education is full and equal participation of all groups in a society that is mutually shaped to meet their needs. Social justice includes a vision of society that is equitable and all members are physically and psychologically safe and secure.” -Adams, Bell and Griffin (1997)

The Social Justice Training Institute provides a forum for the professional and personal development of social justice educators and practitioners to enhance and refine their skills and competencies to create greater inclusion for all members of the campus community.

International Speaker

At universities and organizations across the nation, Kathy has delivered workshops and spoken about transforming toxic situations within organizations into ones that are far more empowering, productive, and inclusive.

Along with race and racism, her workshops also address inequitable dynamics related to a full range of differences, including:

  • Age
  • Socio-economic class background and current status
  • Gender identity
  • Sexuality
  • Disability status
  • Educational background

Kathy also focuses on:

  • Position in the hierarchy
  • National origin
  • Immigration status
  • English proficiency
  • Religion and spirituality
  • Family status, size and appearance
  • National origin
  • Immigration status
  • Any others where people experience privilege and marginalization in the organization.

Here’s an example of Kathy giving a TEDx (like) talk on navigating difficult situations in the workplace.

Life Coach & Consulting Services

Kathy is a certified Martha Beck Life Coach, and as a result of that transformative teaching, she offers the opportunity to integrate Leadership and Executive Coaching techniques for individuals and groups. She also is a certified Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instructor.

With her extensive experience, Kathy is able to assist organizations in creating inclusive and equitable environments by analyzing their readiness – then shifting their internal culture by integrating diversity, equity, and inclusion into daily practices.

Kathy makes it her mission to support leaders, helping them live up to their highest intentions and create greater equity and inclusion throughout their spheres of influence.


In It For the Long Haul

In It For the Long Haul: Overcoming Burnout and Passion Fatigue as a Social Justice Agent (2018)

Kathy offers practical advice and tangible solutions for overworked leaders. So many of us are continuously stretching ourselves to the breaking point and feeling:

  • Exhausted
  • Burnt out
  • Depressed
  • Defeated
  • Depleted
  • Stressed
  • Adrenaline overload

We can’t give from an empty cup… We know this, but how do we live it? This book teaches leaders how to realistically increase their capacity, resolve, and resilience to continue making lasting change toward equity and inclusion by learning to:

  • Create sustainable energy
  • Develop a community of care
  • Take care of themselves

But I’m NOT Racist

But I’m NOT Racist: Tools for Well-Meaning Whites (2017)

Through engaging stories and concrete examples and tools, Kathy shares her own personal struggles and the common challenges many whites face as they work to create more equitable, inclusive organizations.

Find practical skills and strategies to move through your fear of being called racist and learn to:

  • Speak up with greater confidence and clarity
  • Engage racist comments to deepen learning and facilitate change
  • Stop feeling so alone and isolated
  • Respond effectively when colleagues call you racist or criticize your efforts Develop powerful partnerships to create meaningful change in your organization

I'm not racist

Turn the Tide

Turn the Tide: Rise Above Toxic, Difficult Situations in the Workplace (2016)

Kathy shares the tools and skills of her 7-Step process, The Triggering Event Cycle, so you can take back control of your emotions and successfully rise above toxic work environments.

In the spirit of Brené Brown and Martha Beck, Kathy uses stories and realistic examples to make these concepts accessible and easy to apply in your life. Her book is full of tools and exercises designed to help you rise above workplace drama and create greater teamwork, productivity, and innovation in your organization.

Discover practical tools to:

  • De-escalate unproductive workplace conflict
  • Interrupt automatic fight or flight reactions
  • Identify what is fueling ineffective reactions
  • Take back control of your emotions
  • Rebuild working relationships
  • Minimize feeling triggered in the future
  • Turn the tide of workplace drama with greater ease and confidence

Recent Clients:

Case Western Reserve University; Portland Community College; California State University Fullerton; New York University; Texas A&M; Bentley University; Southwestern College; Barnard College; Ball State University; Dartmouth College; Colorado State University; Oakton Community College; St. John’s University; Xavier University; Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College; University of Rhode Island; Bowling Green University

“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


“Dr. Obear’s energy and passion have helped me to feel a renewed sense of purpose, self-worth, and energy.” – Megan Kosovski, Academic Advisor Colorado State University

“Kathy’s sessions are engaging, interactive and nonthreatening. She creates a brave space where people can honestly engage and learn from each other’ stories and experiences.” – Susie Mahoney, Ed.D., Midlevel Manager

“With compassion, clarity, and wisdom, Kathy Obear offers page after page of helpful insights and strategies for navigating difficult interpersonal situations.” – Diane J. Goodman, Ed. D., Diversity Trainer and Consultant

“I gained incredible skills which helped me find the courage to be more transparent during conflicts and surface issues that lead to constructive conversations” – Deb Coffin, Ed. D., Senior Executive


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