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Raymond Ussery

Raymond Ussery

Board Member, Executive Director

A creative, trusted e-commerce executive with more than twenty years of B2C/B2B experience. Former board member Unity of Phoenix, former Board member Highline Area Food Bank. Husband, father, grandfather.

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Karen Ussery

Karen Ussery

Board Member, Treasurer

With over 30 years in personal development education and as an entrepreneur, Karen now works in small business finance and serves on the board of Love is My Religion. She’s also a yoga enthusiast, dog mom to Jake and Lucy, and gardener in her Pacific Northwest backyard.

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Terri Gilbert

Terri Gilbert

Board Member

Enthusiastic and effective scientific educator with a love of building excellent working relationships across-teams and disciplines. Fosterer of innovative interactions and collaborations. Public-speaker, wife, mom, chicken-mama, and singer.

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Scott Houghton

Scott Houghton

Board Member

An experienced Administrator in elder care with a diverse sales and customer service background.  Scott has participated and been a coach in growth and development/transformational work for over 25 years.  He is a husband, father of three and practices Qigong to stay connected to his calling that people are present to the gift they are and free to make a difference in the world.

    Tonie Palermo

    Tonie Palermo

    Board Member

    TonieLynn is a former team leader for Back on My Feet, and an active volunteer in her church. She loves people and believes that everyone matters. Tonie has found throughout her travels that regardless of religion, race or financial status, we all seem to want the same things:  love, peace and unity in our world. Tonie’s compassionate heart also extends in rescuing homeless pups.  

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    Be Heard Round Tables create a brave, respectful space where different people can voice their experiences and listen empathetically to others’ perspectives and views. These meaningful discussions allow coworkers to set aside assumptions and truly hear those they once viewed as the “other.”

    • Your team will feel heard about their experience of their current environment

    • Your team will deepen their ability to hear others — even those they disagree with

    • And your team will be inspired to take actions to create something something (placeholder, obvi)

    What is the Round Table Process?

    • We begin with informational interviews and research with your team to get at the heart of the issues.

    • Each virtual meeting begins with ground rules that create a safe space and the meeting is moderated by our team of facilitators.

    • Participants share from their own experience, not talking points or on behalf of a group. There is no converting or convincing.

    • No one is required to speak. By being present and listening, your team will experience the benefits.

    Our Team

    Be Heard Round Tables

    Creating a powerful container for teams and colleagues to truly hear each other.

    Have Questions or Want to Learn More About Our Round Tables?

     It was a huge success! … (We) learned about the experience of people of different genders, races, cultural backgrounds and … that we were not alone in the world … Everyone was free to share their own experiences without being ashamed or judged … Many participants shared how important the experience was for them and how it touched their emotions to the point of crying.

    Feedback from a 50-person diversity round table for an international tech company

    What People Are Saying