Tuesdays, September 25 - October 30
(6 sessions)


12:00 - 2:00pm
Pacific (California) Time


$325 - $408
Recordings Included

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Listen to Martha and Roxy discuss this ground-breaking course:

Do you ever feel uneasy talking about race, gender, or sexual orientation? Unsure how to address power differences, unearned advantages or racial oppression?

Avoiding conversations about domination and power is no longer an option. The pain of avoiding them shows up in our classes, our meetings, our workplace, and in our relationships.

Nonviolent Communication consciousness can give you the courage — and the ability — to address some of those deeply challenging issues.

If you've been walking on eggshells, feeling afraid of saying the wrong thing, and are ready for a change, join us for this powerful six-week series. You'll learn how to:

Addressing domination and oppression is often an intense, but deeply rewarding experience.

While some people may feel enraged and others prefer to avoid conflict of any kind, many prefer to address the issues with compassion. Sometimes they hear for the first time how difficult and costly it is to navigate the unfair advantages embedded in the system. Folks in power begin to confront their own unconscious bias and take responsibility for changing the system. Not only millennials, but many others take a stand for inclusion, collaborating in order to ensure that policies and behaviors support diversity, innovation, and teamwork.

So how do you embrace people from all walks of life and facilitate groups so that people are heard deeply, valued for their contribution and acknowledged for their unique experience?

Deep listening. Heart connection. Needs awareness. Real conversations. Clear requests.

In this series we'll explore ways of responding to bias, slights, and stereotypes.

For example, what do you do when someone in your workshop or meeting says:

What's challenging about hearing these questions and statements for you? What might be painful for others? Send us some of the most challenging phrases you've heard and we'll explore those too.

Questions you can ask yourself:


Not only will we explore how to change our language and behavior; we'll also look at changing our social systems.

For example, the starting line is not the same for everyone.

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How do we ensure that historically underrepresented populations have access, a voice, a place at the table, and opportunities to take leadership?

NVC helps us have honest conversations and look beyond diversity to focus on inclusion and change.

To change the culture, we need to ask the difficult questions:

We can lean on the framework of NVC to create space for courageous conversations about systems. When people engage in developing their own understanding of issues and solutions, they connect and take action. They take a stand against systems of oppression and power-over. They engage in openhearted, practical conversations about inclusion — and they step into the challenging work of changing the systems and the culture.

Who Will Most Benefit From This Course

This program is for trainers, facilitators, teachers, people who hold meetings, and leaders of all kinds who want tools for inviting greater diversity and inclusion to their work.

About Martha Lasley and Roxy Manning


Roxy Manning PhD, CNVC Certified Trainer
Roxy's life experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant combined with her academic training and professional work as a licensed clinical psychologist and CNVC Certified Trainer have cultivated a deep passion in her for work that supports social change, whether that's with individuals, couples, or institutions.

As a facilitator, she's thrilled by the process of holding opposing voices and ushering groups from discord towards values-driven solutions that work for everyone. Her own inner work coupled with her professional experience has grown her capacity to meet people with varying levels of education, disparate life experiences, and the most intense feelings in ways that help them feel heard, respected, supported and loved. She has worked with individuals and groups committed to social justice in Sri Lanka, Japan, The Netherlands, and Thailand, and has consulted with businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations around the U.S., wanting to move towards equitable and diverse hiring practices and workplace cultures.

Roxy brought Nonviolent Communication into her psychotherapy practice in 2003, and has been offering classes and workshops in NVC since 2005. She served as the Executive Director of BayNVC from 2014-2017, was a trainer for BayNVC's NVC Leadership Program from 2008-2017, and has been a trainer for the Nonviolent Leadership for Social Justice Retreat since she co-founded it in 2007. As an elected member of the Center for Nonviolent Communication's Implementation Council, she collaborates with other experienced NVC practitioners tasked with reinventing CNVC's communication, and moving the organization's decision-making structures toward effective democratization and connection to the NVC community worldwide.

As a psychologist, she maintains a private therapy practice, and works with the City and County of San Francisco's Disability Evaluation and Consultation Unit serving the homeless and disenfranchised mentally ill population.  More...

Martha Lasley, MBA and CNVC Certified Trainer
As a founding partner of Leadership that Works, I train and coach visionaries for social change. I get to work with movers, shakers and changemakers to support profound personal and organizational transformation. My passion is integrating coaching, facilitating, and Nonviolent Communication in organizations.

I have authored three books: Coaching for Transformation, Facilitating with Heart, and Courageous Visions. For ten years I was on the faculty at Capella University where I taught MBA courses including: Coaching and Developing Others; Facilitating Change; Leveraging Workplace Diversity; and Teambuilding.

As a certified trainer for the Center for Nonviolent Communication, I have had the privilege of leading many International Intensive Trainings with Marshall Rosenberg, and serve on the CNVC International Intensive Training Resource Team.

I am humbled to be part of Showing up for Racial Justice, a group that moves white folks into accountable action through community organizing, mobilizing, and education. Each month I get to host the meetings for Coaches for Equality and Diversity, a community of coaches who have a passion for addressing equality and diversity issues. One of my greatest pleasures is leading Authentic Communication Groups, where folks use Nonviolent Communication and Internal Family Systems to explore power dynamics, give and receive real feedback and offer empathic support. More...