Dr. Maura Cullen
Dr. Maura Cullen is considered one of the foremost authorities on issues of Diversity and Leadership
Dr. Maura Cullen has been referred to as being the best there is at simplifying the complex issues of diversity in an entertaining and educational manner. Since 1987, Dr. Cullen has been capturing the hearts and minds of people, with Maura Cullen promoher dynamic seminars and speaking engagements throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.…
Dr. Maura Cullen has been referred to as being the best there is at simplifying the complex issues of diversity in an entertaining and educational manner. Since 1987, Dr. Cullen has been capturing the hearts and minds of people, with Maura Cullen promoher dynamic seminars and speaking engagements throughout the United States, Canada and Australia.
Maura is considered one of the foremost authorities on issues of diversity and leadership having worked with over 500 organizations with audiences ranging from 8 to 8,000 people.
Maura is the founder of the Diversity Student Summit, a fo unding faculty member of the Social Justice Training Institute and author of, 35 Dumb Things Well – Intended People Say. When not at home in Maryland, you will most likely find Maura in the Green Mountain state of Vermont, hiking or snowshoeing with her family and dog. Maura’s adventures have included skydiving, ice climbing, swimming with dolphins and fire -walking!
Ernie was perfect for our Elders Conference at Little River Casino Resort in Manistee, Michigan. We will definitely be using PDA again!
LITTLE RIVER BAND OF OTTAWA INDIANS
Our speaker was great and the crowd enjoyed her! She was very engaging. Thank you again PDA for the great list of suggestions!
Everything went great! and our speaker was wonderful! Thank you so much for all your help PDA! Looking forward to the next one.
UNIVERSITY OF MISSOURI – KANSAS CITY
I hope that this message finds you well. We had a phenomenal time with Atsuko this past Thursday. We wanted to just let you know how amazing she was. All those that were in attendance thoroughly enjoyed her and had nothing but amazing things to say about her. Thank you for working with us to make sure this happened!
BAYLOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
We had a fantastic day with Inge! She was very engaging with all those that attended. Her personal stories about the holocaust were very special and we were moved that she was willing to share them with everyone. Thank you again, PDA for all your hard work and dedication to make this program such a success!
SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
Dear PDA Group, Thank you so much for your hard work in scheduling our speaker! From the moment we reached out to you the first time, you worked with us on all details and logistics and kept us up-to-date on the progress. Thank you for all your hard work on making our event such a success! We couldn't have done it without you and your team!
Thank you again, Dr. Kimbrough, for a great presentation, our attendees are still talking about it!
Dr. Henry Lee's presentation was entertaining, insightful and wise. I, and everyone at Pfizer, especially appreciate the remarks you directed about following your passion and preparing yourself to excel. Thank you, everyone, at PDA for helping to make this happen!
The event was successful! I received many messages expressing how awesome, outstanding and inspiring Ms. Webb-Christburg's speech was."
DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. MEMORIAL BREAKFAST, BOSTON, MLK SPEAKER
Everything went well. Atsuko was very easy to work with and the students enjoyed her performance! Thank you again for your recommendation and I hope to work with you again in the future!
CENTRAL MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Dr. Novello left this morning after a very successful event on our campus! Thank you PDA Group for your help from the first phone to the last you were with us every step of the way.
GRAND VALLEY STATE UNIVERSITY
Jordan Carlos was very very entertaining! A majority of students who answered the event survey indicated they really enjoyed Jordan and definitely will bring him back!
WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY
On behalf of myself and my organization Entertainment Unlimited the Campus Programming Board of Ferris State University, we thank you PDA and Dan for a successful event!! Dan was magnificent! Students really enjoyed the presentation. I know I did. Can't wait to bring in more programs with PDA Group.
FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY
It was a great pleasure to work with PDA Group! The communication was always prompt, friendly and helpful. We loved the speakers and events we booked through Mr. Peter Walker (PDA Group).
WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY
Thank you, Peter, for all your help, you'll be happy to know that the event went incredibly well! Aneesa Ferreira was by far one of the best speakers we've ever had!
Taking Adversity Out Of Diversity: Building Inclusive Organizations
This honest and engaging program will inspire people to create more inclusive communities. Our biggest challenge in achieving this goal is our fear of being judged and misunderstood. This fear prevents good people from taking meaningful action. At times we are so afraid of saying the ‘wrong’ thing that we make the biggest mistake of all which is to say nothing. Our patterns of communication are vital to our success when exploring such explosive issues as race, gender, sexual orientation, class, disabilities, age and religion. This award winning session gets beyond our fear of saying the ‘wrong’ thing and teaches more effective and compassionate ways to connect.
Dumb Things Well-Intended People Say: 10 Skills to Increase Your Diversity Competence
Have you ever found yourself saying “Some of my best friends are…” or “I don’t think of you as… or “I’m colorblind”? We often make statements intended to be supportive or complimentary, but end up being problematic. Meant as joining statements, these remarks often have the opposite effect and end up creating a larger divide. Participants will gain knowledge of communication traps, how to avoid them and what tools to use in their place.
Mr. Fix-It & Friends Go To Diversity Training
How can we better engage and prepare our students and staff for conversations around diversity? Mr. Fix-It, Gag-Man, Colorblind Lady, Invisible Person, and Quiz-Quiz, demonstrate the many layers that can complicate our interactions around diversity. In five short but engaging minutes, participants will be able to identify with the characters frustration and conflict, as they are required to attend a diversity training program. This session will identify non-productive behaviors that diminish the group’s effectiveness and offer alternatives that will dramatically transform the group’s dynamics.
Some of My Best Friends Are White…
How many white people actually think about being white? What is white culture and how does it impact us? This program is designed by a white facilitator in an effort to help other white people focus on our own issues of racism. We will review white identity development theories and the process of understanding our own white culture. Discussions about our challenges of being allies, attitudes and behaviors about race will be explored.
The In’s and Out’s of Sexual Orientation
As discussions of sexual orientation permeate our politics and workplace, many questions need to be addressed. Should gays and lesbians be allowed to legally marry? Should they have the same basic civil rights as heterosexuals? These are just a few of the issues forcing society to take a stand. This engaging and lively format will examine the practical challenges facing us at home and work. You will leave with a better understanding of some of the daily challenges our gay, lesbian and bisexual colleagues and friends face and get insight as to how to be a stronger ally.
Playground Lessons for Leaders
Remember being ‘It’ in the game tag? Games we played as children provided us with afternoons of fun and laughter. For some of us, these were our first life lessons in life about sharing and playing by the rules. A deeper look reveals that the strategies of scapegoating, cut throat competition, exclusion, and a win-lose mentality employed to win these games, are similar to the strategies we employ in the adult playgrounds of leadership and community development. This presentation takes a unique look at leadership and its impact on the development of community.
Awe-Inspiring Customer Service
Most people are doing the best they can. But what happens when their best isn’t good enough? What kind of an impact does that negative interaction have?
Customer service extends beyond our typical understanding of what a customer looks like. Whether we are front line employees or managers, we all have customers.
This four-step, practical approach for awe-inspiring service will provide a road map towards creating a strong culture of service that will change the face of your department or organization.
It’s Not About the Board
What are the challenges that prevent you from attaining the personal and professional success you seek? Where we focus our energy and self-talk have a profound effect on our motivation level and ability to achieve. This session will provide you with the opportunity to explore these barriers and break the biggest obstacle – fear. You will learn to break an actual board as a symbol of the barriers you must break before reaching your desired outcomes. The truth is that change happens in an instant, in a moment of decision and commitment. Shatter fear now!
From Fear To Fire Walker: 7 Tools to Transform Your Life
This program will focus on two questions:
1. How does fear impact your life? Fear is one of the most debilitating emotions we possess. It prevents us from challenging colleagues on tough issues, from seeking that job change we want and ultimately achieving our dreams.
2. Where do you place most of your focus, on the past, present or future? People who spend more time in the past experience higher rates of depression, while people who focus too much in the future experience anxiety. Being able to stay focused on the present is an ongoing challenge. As professionals, sometimes we do not let go of past experiences, either institutionally or personally, which fosters a negative work environment. Participants will learn to reflect on the past while having an eye towards the future, for the most effective way to manage the present.
Campus Chatter - Diversity Summit
Dr Maura Cullen discusses Diversity Best Practices: L.E.A.D. Model
1 HOUR OR LESS