Courtney Caldwell, Equity Transformation Specialist

Courtney Caldwell brings with her 16 years of experience in the field of education, as a classroom teacher, and equity leader. She holds two degrees in Education as well as licenses in K-12 Principal and Director of Community Education. Courtney resides in the Twin Cities metro area of Minnesota.

David Davidson, Equity Transformation Specialist

Formerly Director for Racial Equity at West Wind Education Policy, David Davidson worked to establish and lead statewide consortia on racial equity in PreK-12 education. He is uniquely informed on the purpose and impact of race in the lives of families, children, and communities.

David Gonzales, Certification Program Manager

David Gonzales is the Project Manager for Certification at Courageous Conversation™. This program is designed to work with partner organizations in identifying individuals who are ready to learn and grow in the foundational work of Courageous Conversation About Race.

Andrea Johnson, Executive Director, Courageous Conversation Global Foundation

Andrea Johnson holds a BFA from Marygrove College, and MAT from Wayne State University. A highly skilled facilitator and trainer, Ms. Johnson is also a contributing author in the text, Courageous Conversations About Race, Second Edition (2015).

Dawan Julien, Equity Transformation Specialist

Dawan Julien has worked for racial equity for more than two decades. Ms. Julien holds a BA and MA from Columbia University. She began her career as a Bilingual/ESL educator in the South Bronx. She and her family reside in Harlem, New York City.

Natalia Ortiz, Equity Transformation Specialist

Natalia Ortiz brings 14 years of experience as a classroom teacher, university professor, and racial equity practitioner. Natalia holds degrees from Wesleyan University, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and The CUNY Graduate Center.

Cal Jackson, Executive Director, Corporate Partnerships

Cal Jackson has over 30 years of experience in corporate America in senior leadership. After completing the NTL Institute Diversity Practitioner Certification Program™, Cal worked as an equity, diversity and inclusion leader in Fortune 100 companies. In his current role, Cal introduces corporations to the Courageous Conversation™ protocol.

Luis Versalles, Executive Director, Education

A second-generation Afro Cuban-American hailing from Bloomington, MN, Luis Versalles received his BA and M.Ed. from the University of Minnesota and superintendent licensure from MN State University, Mankato. His calling is transforming systems to center underserved students and families in PreK-12 systems.

Brooke Gregory, President

Brooke Gregory has over 25 years of experience as an educator, professional mentor, and policy consultant. As an administrator, she provides key leadership in the advancement, hiring and retention of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian and multi-racial educators. Brooke was selected as President by Founder and CEO of Courageous Conversation™, Glenn E. Singleton.

Glenn Singleton, Founder & CEO of Courageous Conversation™

Glenn Singleton, author, thought leader, and strategist, is the creator of Courageous Conversation™ a protocol and framework for sustained, deepened dialogue. Courageous Conversation™ is an agency that guides leadership development in education, government, corporation, law enforcement, and community organizing. He is the award winning author of Courageous Conversations About Race: A Field Guide for Achieving Equity in Schools, Second Edition; and of MORE Courageous Conversations About Race.

Pacific Educational Group, Inc. (PEG), DBA, Courageous Conversation is a San Francisco-based consulting firm, dedicated to forging racial equity in education, corporate, government, health care and community organization contexts. Founded by Glenn Singleton in 1992, Courageous Conversation™ engages in sustained partnerships to help examine beliefs, behaviors, and results in the US, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and Australia. We do so through intentional, facilitated, self-reflective dialogue focused on developing leadership, culture, and structures to transform systems through a lens of racial equity.


Please join us for a special keynote with Dr. Kaila Adia Story:

“Do No Harm: Combatting rhetorical violence in our workplaces, schools and in our personal lives

Friday, May 14th, 1:00pm - 2:00pm PDT

This session will utilize anti-racist, feminist and intersectional frameworks to encourage its participants to think about how intentional conversations about race, gender, sexuality and gender identity can challenge the socialized micro-aggressions that we often encounter in our workplaces, schools, personal lives. 

This session will introduce attendees to real world strategies that will help them combat various forms of rhetorical violence while also helping them to strengthen their anti-racist, feminist and intersectional practices in their schools, workplaces and personal lives.

Dr. Kaila Adia Story, University of Louisville

Kaila Adia Story is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies and Pan-African Studies and the Audre Lorde Endowed Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at the University of Louisville. She is also the co-creator, co-producer and co-host of WFPL’s Strange Fruit: Musings on Politics, Pop Culture & Black Gay Life, an award-winning nine year running weekly podcast focusing on social justice and pop culture. Dr. Story was also a part of NBC’s inaugural #Pride30, which featured LGBTQ+ community leaders and change-makers. Personal Pronouns: (She/Her/Hers)


Led by Natalia Ortiz

Introduction to Courageous Conversation™ is the prerequisite for this course.

Have you ever wanted to workshop a scenario that your child has brought up with you about race or racism that you did not know how to address? If so, this is the space for you. 

There is a heightened and accelerating consciousness of race in our life. Children are quite aware of race and in critical need of parents and guardians in their lives who can engage them effectively on what they believe, feel, think, and do. In this interactive seminar, we will use Protocol and a “lens” of racial equity to examine real race scenarios that have happened with our children. Parents and guardians will be asked to share their scenarios in an effort to develop short term and long term skills and strategies for engagement.

Date & Time: June 23, 8am - 10am PDT


Led by Tito Soto-Carrión

Introduction to Courageous Conversation™ is the prerequisite for this course.

In this foundational training, participants will strengthen their analysis of how racism manifests in schools and institutions. Participants will practice the Courageous Conversation™ Protocol and be introduced to the Systemic Racial Equity Transformation Framework, in which it is embedded, to help develop and support critical self-reflection. This training supports participants who are newer to conversations about race and racism to grow their racial equity lens. 

Date & Time: May 17, 8am - 10am PDT


Led by Courageous Conversation™ Team

This session is required to enroll in CCAR Protocol: Grown and Practice (Part I).

This full-day, 6.5 hour, seminar is intended for participants who were unable to take the same or a similar seminar at their company/school/organization. This professional learning exercise will enable participants to gain a working understanding of racial equity, diversity and inclusion as well as explore the basic elements of The Protocol™. Participants will also consider how to engage the Courageous Conversation™ in their personal and professional lives.

Date & Time: June 30, 7:30am - 2pm PDT


Led by Courageous Conversation™ Team

Introduction to Courageous Conversation™ is an experience that acquaints individuals with a set of tools, The Protocol™, to engage, sustain and deepen dialogues about race. Participants will be introduced to the three components of The Protocol™: The Compass, Four Agreements, and Six Conditions. This initial engagement with Courageous Conversation™ guides an exploration of the life impact, and promotes an essential literacy and consciousness to examine our personal, professional, and organizational ways of being. Designed to meet participants at whatever their level of experience. Introduction to Courageous Conversation™ will enhance any effort to promote racial equity.

See dates & times in dropdown menu below. 

Duration: 2.5 hours


Led by Cal Jackson

Audre Lorde stated, "...the master's tools will never dismantle the master's house." Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is this season's name of programs intended to break a cycle of homogenuity, inequity and discrimination. This module explores theories and practices which provide participants with a new approach which prioritizes 'equity'. Many DEI leaders are frustrated attempting to give validity to their efforts while searching for resources to help them with true culture change. Corporations, government agencies, philanthropists, school equity officers and not-for-profits can benefit from this dialogue while discovering new approaches to create new outcomes in each sector. 

Dates & Times: 

May 19, 11am - 1pm PDT

June 9, 2pm - 4pm PDT

June 28, 8am - 10am PDT


Led by Luis Versalles

Systemic racial equity transformation is an unapologetically top-down process. Centering this work at the highest levels of the organization prepares it for accelerated results. It also better positions leadership to create the essential culture of authenticity and sustainability.  Participants will be introduced to the process for developing a Systemic Racial Equity Transformation Plan.  Leaders explore a model of organizational expectation; learn, anticipate, and ultimately interrupt the “faces of danger” in leading racial equity; and consider the degree to which they are poised for transformation.  

Date & Time: June 10, 8am - 10am PDT


Led by Dawan Julien

When you think about great leaders, are men the first people who come to mind? Are women an afterthought? Living at the intersection of racial and gender oppression, Black women lead in ways that challenge and interrupt both whiteness and patriarchy. Participants will use Courageous Conversation™ to examine their own beliefs about, and experiences with, Black women leaders.

Date & Time: June 8, 8am - 10am PDT


Led by Dawan Julien

Experience the power of being explicit about race and social responsibility while raising children of all races.  Participants will examine race in their own lives, as we build skill and capacity to usher in the next generation. This seminar is designed to surface and center powerful testimonials from young people raised with this consciousness and offer poignant examples that you can “try tomorrow”. 

Date & Time: June 15, 11am - 1pm PDT


Led by Courtney Caldwell

This is an Affinity Seminar for those who identify as White. White racial identity development theory describes how White people develop a sense of themselves as racial beings. In this session, participants will use The Protocol™ to move from a theoretical understanding to a personal examination of their own White racial consciousness journey. Participants will reflect on their experiences of the stages of White racial identity development, so that they can apply these learnings to who they are as racial equity leaders in their families, organizations and communities.

Dates & Times:

June 3, 2pm - 4pm PDT

June 25, 8am - 10am PDT


All session times are reflected in Pacific Daylight Time (PDT)



Led by Luis Versalles, David Gonzales, and Natalia Ortiz

Introduction to Courageous Conversation™ is the prerequisite for this two-day seminar.

This is an Affinity Seminar for those who identify as Latinx. The intersection of language, nationality and ethnicity with race, significantly impacts the Latinx community. Join us for an opportunity to share and heal as we ground our discussion in the United States Latinx context and use Courageous Conversation™ (Protocol and Framework) for intentional engagement in affinity. This experience will invite participants to reflect on their own racial identity and to think critically about the ways race impacts the lived experiences of diverse Latinx communities. 

Both Part I and Part II are required for this two-day seminar.

Required for Courageous Latinx Coalitions Building: After registering, please fill out this form by clicking here. Please note, forms must be completed and registration will close by June 1. 

Part I:  June 3 @ 11am - 1pm PDT

Part II: June 24 @ 11am - 1pm PDT

CCAR Protocol: Grow and Practice (Part I)

Led by David Gonzales

Courageous Conversation™ Exploration is the prerequisites for this Part I.

This seminar is the next step for the individual looking to continue to learn, grow, and practice the use of The Protocol™. Participants will go deeper in their understanding of the three components of The Protocol™: The Compass, Four Agreements, and Six Conditions. This three-part series unpacks The Protocol™ and provides participants many opportunities to engage and apply their learning with experiential activities and conversations centered on race. Part I of the series will cover the Compass and Four Agreements as tools for Courageous Conversations About Race.

Date & Time: May 11, 11am - 1:30pm PDT

CCAR Protocol: Grow and Practice (Part II)

Led by David Gonzales

Courageous Conversation™ Exploration and Part I are the prerequisites for this Part II.

This seminar is part II in a series for the individual looking to continue to learn, grow, and practice the use of The Protocol™. This session of the three-part series will cover the Three Tiers (Six Conditions) as a tool for Courageous Conversation About Race. These tiers guide us through the requisite content and processes of racial dialogue in a way to examine the points at which race intersects our world.

Date & Time: June 1, 11am - 1:30pm PDT

CCAR Protocol: Grow and Practice (Part III)

Led by David Gonzales

Courageous Conversation™ Exploration, Part I & Part II of series are prerequisites for this Part III.

This seminar is part III for the individual looking to continue to learn, grow, and practice the use of The Protocol™. This session of the three-part series of sessions unpacks The Protocol™ and provides participants many opportunities to engage and apply their learning with experiential activities and conversations centered on race. Part III of the series will cover putting all of The Protocol™ together to engage, sustain, and deepen Courageous Conversations About Race. The CCAR Protocol is essential in turning our passion into practice.

Date & Time: June 22, 11am - 1:30pm


PLEASE NOTE: Participants trying to access after 30 minutes will not be permitted as this hinders the learning experience.

Session Subject to Change

In the case that a session does not meet a minimum of 15 registrants, Courageous Conversation™ will offer another date to participants. An email from the Courageous Conversation™ Team will be sent 72 hours prior to the session start time.

Cancellation Policy

For cancellations, please email contact@courageousconversation.com. Cancellations will be refunded only if a written request has been submitted 72 hours prior to the start of the session. 

Substitution Policy

For substitutions of sessions, please email contact@courageousconversation.com within 48 hours prior to the start of the session.

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