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Roxy Manning

Roxy Manning

CNVC Certified Trainer from San Francisco, California, USA

Committed to compassion and fierce authenticity, Roxy Manning brings decades of service experience to her work interrupting explicitly and implicitly oppressive attitudes and cultural norms within individuals, communities, and organizations. Rooted in her experience as an Afro-Caribbean immigrant, Roxy’s passion for cultivating resilience and equity comes from seeing the vast inequities in the ways different communities were resourced throughout her development and education. Roxy has worked and consulted across the U.S. with businesses, nonprofits, and government organizations wanting to move towards equitable and diverse hiring practices and workplace cultures, as well as with individuals and groups committed to social justice in Sri Lanka, Japan, The Netherlands, and Thailand.


As a facilitator, Roxy'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. 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 unhoused and disenfranchised mentally ill population.


Roxy integrated 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 Assessor with the Trainer Candidate Community Path team of the Center for Nonviolent Communication’s (CVNC) Educational Services group, she collaborates with other experienced assessors as she works to support people from the Global Majority who wish to develop the experience and integration of NVC consciousness that will enable them to bring the power of NVC to the communities which they serve.

Read some of Roxy’s articles on her website here: www.roxannemanning.com

  • Understand the essential relationship between personal healing and social change — and how to communicate it to others.
  • Increase your compassion capacity for different ways of being in the world.
  • Get clarity about the difference between equity and equality — and how to generate equitable processes in your communities and networks.
  • Obtain tools to explore the various factors that contribute to your understanding of power and privilege — including your own.
  • Learn tips and strategies to ensure ALL voices are heard
  • Grow your capacity to name and address power dynamics
  • See how prior assumptions and perspectives impact how groups work together
  • Explore facilitation components using a caring for all, power-with lens
  • Explore ways of parenting that will shape a future full of purpose and possibility
  • Discover how your values can serve as a compass to guide you forward
  • Understand the relationship between your present actions and desired outcomes
  • Gain experience in balancing your child’s present needs with long term visions!

There is more to the NVC skill of Observation than the external level of what a video camera sees or hears. In this video, Roxy Manning demonstrates that to fully understand what is happening, we need to know all three layers of observation: External, Internal, and Systemic. 

How do you carry on a conversation when someone’s comment has had an impact on you? And what happens when two intentions clash because of different perspectives? Here’s Roxy’s powerful, common sense approach.

"Privilege" has many meanings, which can bring confusion. Here are questions essential to navigating challenges in NVC community about "privilege": How to call attention to times when language is used to divide and not connect? Where are people coming from when they say "privilege"? How to focus on using whatever language supports the depth of connection we seek with the heart of the people in front of us? Read on for more.

For many people, attempting to connect with others across differences can feel akin to walking through a minefield. With humility, tenderness, and courage, Roxy challenges your perspectives and encourages you to open your heart and mind. 

  • Explore how to create effective change without creating enemies
  • Learn to channel righteous indignation while still holding compassion
  • Find strategies for connecting with those whose actions you disagree with
  • Gain new insights into how NVC can contribute to meaningful social change

For many people, attempting to connect with others across differences can feel akin to walking through a minefield. In this course recording Roxy explores a variety of concepts and practices that can help you navigate situations that might be confusing, challenging, or even shocking. And she'll be delving into key differentiations, such as equity and equality. This recording will offer a renewed sense of clarity around a number of theories that may help explain specifically why the areas of power, advantage, and rank tend to be so difficult to work with.

In treating everyone the same, we perpetuate inequities. If we want NVC consciousness to spread globally, it's crucial to acknowledge how various demographics are have varying capacities, and are differentially perceived, treated and impacted. Modifying our NVC teachings can increase equity and reduce the frequent judgement, disbelief, denial, insistence, non-resonance and re-marginalization that so many experience in NVC circles.

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