In this episode of My Beloved Americans, we reflect on the monumental challenges ahead of us and begin to focus on where we start. Distinguished Guests Kyana Wheeler and Casey Tonnelly share their intimate reflections, exemplify that feeling of belonging we all crave, and will leave you with a huge smile on your face.
At its core, this episode is about belonging. We talk about 9/11 - an event that forever changed what belonging means in the United States. Kyana and Casey reflect on how the affects of 9/11 are still impacting Americans, now.
We hear about the projects our Kyana and Casey are engaged in - being active in community is a big part of belonging. They then describe the areas where they feel the most belonging in their lives. Finally, we get down to some practical strategies they use to fill their day with more belonging. Casey and Kyana remind us of the importance of our daily actions - even when we don't know where to start.
Shout out to Patreons Rose McFadden and Sasha Cousineau. Thank you for being a member and supporting the arts!
This Week's Guests
Kyana Wheeler (she/her)
Rooted in the belief that relationships and community are central to our liberation, I am a Black woman with extensive experience in anti-racism change efforts. An accomplished race relations trainer skilled in anti-racist data and measurements, systems analysis, group facilitation, anti-racist leadership development, and policy impact analysis, I am practiced in implementing systemic change within large complex structures.
With an M.Ed in Organizational Leadership and a MPA in Policy Development, I have actively engaged in moving the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI) forward over the last 15 years.
A board member of the Non-Profit Anti-Racist Coalition (NPARC) and founder of Kyana Wheeler Consulting, I work with organizations to embed institutional practices that create sustainable change and develop infrastructure that supports conversations about systems of oppression through the lens of race. A proven consensus builder adept in developing partnerships between leadership and staff, I am experienced in coaching and motivating people to build skill and create capacity in increasing their effectiveness in challenging inequity within their organizations.
I wear many hats in my personal life – wife, mother, and spoken word artist, using my art as a platform to connect with community and generate discussions that imagine a world more humane, just and free.
Find Kyana on her website. Check out her upcoming event in March 2021- Building Racial Equity into Institutional Practice Retreat.
Casey Tonnelly (they/them)
Beyond Thinking is dedicated to helping their clients reach their greatest potential in business and in life. This public speaking, facilitation, and coaching practice is led by Casey Tonnelly. Casey has been providing dynamic and energizing presentations and speeches for over 20 years. Prior to starting Beyond Thinking, Casey served as a Strategic Advisor for the City of Seattle for over 12 years in the Seattle Office for Emergency Management, Seattle Office for Civil Rights, and Workforce Equity Program. Casey’s professional experience includes developing educational, training, and leadership development programs and providing over 15,000 presentations on a wide range of topics including emergency preparedness, effective communication, conflict resolution, leading with a racial equity lens, and leadership development.
Casey is a powerful and engaging public speaker. They have spoken on many topics including communication, conflict resolution, emotional intelligence, inspiring leadership, and burnout prevention. Casey has also presented at numerous conferences including Partners in Emergency Preparedness, National League of Cities, Washington Food Coalition, Seattle Management Association, and many more.
You can find Casey on Instagram, Facebook, Linkedin or their website Beyond Thinking.
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