Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Programs
We provide workshops, presentations and resources to organizations, students, and professionals to create wellness-oriented cultures that celebrate diversity and embrace the individuality of all. Our goal is to create growth-minded, resilient, and safe spaces for productive conversations and initiatives.
About The Growth & Resiliency Model©
The Growth & Resiliency Model© was created and copyrighted in 2021 by Simply Bee CEO Audrey Grunst, LCSW. It is the foundation of the work we do with organizations, professionals, and schools. This comprehensive five-step model is designed to fuse theory, skill, and knowledge into people's understanding of their personal growth and emotional development. In conjunction with our experts' DEI training, this model allows us to give program participants the knowledge and strategies they need to create aware and inclusive environments.
The theory behind this model is that a growth mindset occurs when you are aware of your internal world, can observe it without judgment, know how to respond instead of react, and can integrate all of that information into the external world effectively. The final step is to reflect on the process, celebrate what went well and learn from what didn't. Through the use of this model, we believe individuals and organizations can create a diverse culture of inclusion where each person feels valued.Learn More
What We Solve
Organizations who do not place emphasis on diversity, equity and inclusion underperform their competitors, are less likely to achieve their goals, and their members are more likely to feel disconnected, undervalued and unsafe. Connection, respect and safety are necessary to the mental and emotionally wellness of all individuals. Without a focus on these tenets, organizations see significantly higher levels of dissatisfaction and turnover. DEI initiatives provide the unique opportunity to improve the well-being of each individual member and the organizational culture as a whole.
What We Achieve
As emphasis continues to be placed on the necessity of a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, it is essential to empower organizations with strategies and skills to begin culture-shifting conversations. We strive to provide short and long-term strategies that foster an environment where every member feels valued both as an individual and as part of the organization. When people feel as though they are embraced for their authentic selves, they feel motivated to achieve personal and professional goals which in turn increases the success of the organization.
Introduction To Simply Bee's DEI Curriculum
This free webinar will give you a high-level look into what our DEI programming is all about. DEI expert Angel Arnold, LPC discusses what it really means, how to foster an inclusive climate, the role of engagement and the effects of unconscious bias.
Professional Development Presentations & Workshops
Overcoming Unconscious Bias
Audience: Professionals or Students
Slightly adjusted to fit each audience, this workshop is an opportunity to learn how to build an environment that is inclusive and aware. Participants will learn how to acknowledge their own unconscious biases as well as the biases of others.
- Deepen their understanding of how unconscious bias affects the organization.
- Learn how to acknowledge unconscious bias and facilitate honest conversations with peers.
- Explore the process of creating a more inclusive experience in the organizational environment and beyond.
Fostering an Inclusive Climate
Audience: Professionals or Students
Slightly adjusted to fit each audience, this workshop is designed to help participants accurately and objectively analyze the dynamics of their environment and determine what steps they can take to make it inclusive and safe for all.
- Explore the climate and dynamic of their organization's environment.
- Assess the levels of inclusivity across all aspects of the organization.
- Articulate what inclusivity looks like in their environment and practice modeling inclusive behaviors amongst peers.
Integrating DEI Into The Workplace
Audience: Professionals or Leaders
To learn about DEI is the first step. To engrain it into daily routines and practices is the next step. This workshop will guide participants in identifying specific strategies for integrating DEI into the fabric of the organization and the mindset of its members.
- Learn how to embed DEI into daily practices within the organization.
- Identify strategies and methods for promoting the continuity of these daily practices.
- Create an action plan for the collaboration of all organizational members in these practices.
Looking for more information?
If you're interested in bringing this curriculum to your organization, schedule a quick discovery call with our Manager of Community Education, Kate Kelley, MSW to learn how.Get In Touch
Meet The Experts
Angel Arnold, LPC
Angel is a creative and passionate Licensed Professional Counselor and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion trainer with a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling from Trinity International University. She is also a certified DEI professional from Cornell University.
Angel enjoys creating a judgement and shame free space for courageous conversations surrounding inequities, systemic oppression, and unconscious bias. Exploring these truths allows us to be vulnerable, gain understanding and develop actionable strategies and steps towards fostering an environment that celebrates diversity. Her goal is support organizations as they create access to equitable opportunities and intentional inclusivity for all.
Audrey Grunst, LCSW, CCM
Audrey Grunst is the owner and therapist at Simply Bee. Audrey earned her MSW at Loyola University Chicago in 2011 and is certified in Change Management from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Audrey combines over 10 years of clinical experience with her business background to help organizations improve their culture. She presents on a variety of issues including team building and change management. Audrey has presented at over 100 different schools, nonprofits, and conferences.
Prior to Simply Bee, Audrey was a Director at Eating Recovery Centers. While at ERC Insight, Audrey build several programs and managed a team of over 20 employees and two locations.
Space Is Limited!
We are now booking into the Fall 2022-23 calendar. There are a limited number of available dates so grab your spot now! We look forward to helping your organization be a place where every person feels valued.
Contact our Manager of Community Education Kate Kelley today.
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Learn From Our Experts
Raising Inclusive Kids: Well, Not Perfect Podcast Episode
Listen in to this episode with Donna Baptiste, Ed.D., LCP, LMFT, Department Chair & Clinical Professor at The Family Institute at Northwestern University, all about how to equip kids with tools and the knowledge to be inclusive, appreciate diversity and value equality.
Supporting Transgender Youth: Webinar
Therapists Katie Klein, LCPC of Simply Bee and Megan Sayre, LCSW, CEDS-S, WPATH P of Sayre Counseling, share on the importance of using inclusive language, ideas for how to create safe spaces both physically and emotionally, as well as community resources for transgender youth and families to access.
How To Talk About Race: Community Discussion
This panel of experienced professionals in their fields of expertise (mental health, education, law and ministry) examine not only the mental health impact of this important topic, but also the social and emotional outcomes this key issue has amongst members of our community and beyond.