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Mika Maniwa & Leonie Smith

Mika Maniwa & Leonie Smith

Mika Maniwa is a certified trainer of Japanese descent based in Vancouver, Canada. She has been teaching NVC and leading practice groups for over 15 years. As a master of violent communication, she is constantly learning how to 'be NVC' without the jargon. She enjoys working with multicultural groups and is keenly interested in what is needed to build trust across power differences. She has been exploring what NVC can bring to issues of social location and racialized trauma to strengthen relationships within organizations.

Leonie Smith is a first-generation Canadian of Jamaican heritage and is founder of The Thoughtful Workplace, a consultancy that uses a relational and skill-building approach to coaching, training, and mediation. Informed by modalities such Nonviolent Communication and Sociocracy, she is dedicated to supporting organisations and individuals find ways of working that create more space for connection and generate less harm. She has more than 20 years experience in senior management positions championing an approach to leadership that supports care and efficiency towards a shared purpose