Work with Nicole: Speaking Requests
Nicole Clark Consulting leads full-day, half-day, and multi-day customizable workshops and group discussions in a variety of settings for an array of audiences. Trainings and workshops and are open to all, but are typically designed for women and girls of color, and organizations that provide programs and services that meet the needs of women and girls of color.
Nicole speaks at many events, including colleges and universities, conferences, community events, local and city government, nonprofits, and professional groups and associations; and her diverse client list include SisterSong Women of Color Reproductive Justice Collective, Civil Liberties and Public Policy, Columbia University, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, National Association of Social Workers, American Evaluation Association, Black Girls Project, Women’s Information Network, Reproaction, and more.
Booking Nicole to speak at your next event guarantees your audience will walk away with practical and actionable tools and calls to action tools, utilizing their expertise to raise their voice for women and girls of color.
Nicole’s Speaking Interests
- Reproductive Justice: History, practical application to current work, current events, and applying to social work, design thinking, and evaluation
- Social Work: History, multi-systems thinking, professional specialization, and entrepreneurship as a career option
- Design Thinking: Curriculum/workshop/program development, applying to social work and Reproductive Justice
- Program Evaluation: Evaluation theories (Culturally Responsiveness, Youth, Feminist, Empowerment, Community Collaborative & Participatory), impact evaluation, evaluative thinking & capacity building
- Intersectionality & Collaboration: How other social justice movements intersect (including racial justice, feminism, youth empowerment, and more), allyship, youth-adult partnerships, parent-child communication, stakeholder engagement, health education advocacy, strengths-based thinking for communities of color, and more
- Radical Self Care: Designing a self care plan, organizational self care, burnout vs stress, mental health issues vs burnout, and self care as a for of community empowerment and resistance
Speaking, Workshop and Training Modalities
In-person: Face-to-face (conferences, staff trainings, classroom, community group events, panels, keynotes, etc.); day(s)-long or several hours
Online: Either live or pre-recorded (webinars, online retreats, teleconferences, etc.)
Blended: In-person and online; flexible and cost-effective
Nicole’s Most Requested Speaking Topics
The Revolution Starts with Me!: Recipes, Remedies, Rituals, and Resources for Self Care
Newly revised for 2017, “The Revolution Starts with Me: Recipes, Remedies, Rituals, and Resources” workshop brings together individuals and communities who are dedicated to making community and societal change, but are faced with the too-real task of balancing the demands of families, peers, and communities. In a perfect world, we can strike a balance between advocating for others and taking care of ourselves. But how can we prioritize self care when we’re being pulled in multiple directions, and what can we do when self care doesn’t feel like an option? By using interactive activities, storytelling, and skill-sharing, this training/workshop identifies how burnout effects us at multiple levels (including individual, community, institutional, systemic, and generational), and develop personalized “Recipes, Remedies, Rituals, and Resources” for self care. As a participant, you will also receive the 2017 revised “The Revolution Starts with Me: Recipes, Remedies, Rituals, and Resources for Self Care” zine.
- This workshop can be facilitated by Nicole alone, or co-facilitated with Adaku Utah (fees will vary)
Being an ally means participating in a lifelong process of building trust, letting go of our egos, and embracing accountability. As an ally, we must be active, consistent, and committed to the practice of accepting our privileges while also seeking ways to be intentional in how we show up for others. How can we commit to allyship while working with communities that are different from ours? In this workshop, participants 1) explore how our identities can shape the way we show up for others, 2) identify how we hold various forms of privilege, 3) identify other ways we can be allies, and 4) develop tools for embracing allyship within our volunteer duties and out in the real world.
Keep It 100: Sparking the Conversation about Sexuality between Youth and Adults
In the age of social media, youth receive information about sexual health from a variety of places. Yet, while youth may turn to their peers for information on sex and sexuality, research has shown that many young people want to have these conversations with parents and adult allies as they believe the information is more factual. While some parents and adult allies may be equipped to have these conversations in ways that are engaging and non-judgmental, personal beliefs, how they accessed sexual health information as youth, the belief that talking about sex leads to the onset of sexual activity, and wanting to have these conversations but feeling inadequate to have them are just some of barriers families and adult allies face when asked about sex. Frank and honest discussion (often referred to as “keeping it 100”) is required on a consistent and continuous basis and tailored in such a way that it respects the autonomy of young people at various developmental levels. Families and other adult allies (i.e., teacher, neighbor, or mentor) can provide a forum for this consistent and continuous discussion, highlighting its pervasive influence of young people and its propensity to link young people with resources within their communities. While talking to one’s parent or a trusted individual about sexuality can be extremely awkward, dialogue serves as a beneficial and accessible resource when youth and adults when taught from an empathetic and non-judgmental place. In this interactive workshop, participants 1) identify potential barriers to honest discussion between families and teens; 2) identifies techniques that may help to initiate and facilitate honest and open discussion between families and teens through interactive participation; and 3) provides resources for youth, families and professionals working with youth on talking about sex and sexual with youth and various developmental stages.
Reproductive Justice as a Social Work Value
In order to assert the value, worth, and inherent dignity of clients and communities we serve, social workers must affirm the right of client self-determination in matters of reproduction, parenting and sexuality. With the rise of the Reproductive Justice framework in the mid 1990s, and its sudden emergence in recent times, the social work field, along with the NASW Code of Ethics, positions social workers in integrating an intersectional analysis to reproductive health options, including abortion care, contraception, sexual education, prenatal care, maternity care and care after birth. While social workers may be limited by employment and government policies in discussing abortion, safer sex practices, and positive sexuality, some social workers are either limited in their own professional knowledge on these topics or by their discomfort in discussing those issues with clients, communities, and organizations. This training/workshop 1) introduces the Reproductive Justice framework and how it connects to the NASW Code of Ethics; 2) provides strategies in applying intersectional analysis in reproductive health education, counseling, and advocacy; 3) provides techniques for advocating for Reproductive Justice at the micro, mezzo, and macro levels; and 4) introduces Social Workers for Reproductive Justice as a vehicle for social workers and students who want to advance the Reproductive Justice framework in the field.
Using Design & Evaluation as Collaborative Tools for Change
When you want to make the world a better place, you develop a plan of action. That’s where design thinking and program evaluation–two seemingly separate areas–intersect to create a process that is collaborative, engaging, and results-driven. When you combine design (using relevant and appropriate behavioral theories that can be implemented consistently in varied settings with minimal tweaking) and evaluation (a systematic way of understanding a program’s impact) with intentional collaboration (through staff, community members, and program participants), you create the energy needed to deliver programs and services that speak to the needs of the people you serve. Through this training, you are taken through the design thinking process to identify relevant behavioral theories that serve as the foundation of your program; you’ll assess your staff’s readiness to implement a culture of evaluation and identify collaborative evaluation theories that fit best with your program goals, and you’ll learn interactive data collection and analysis techniques to develop a game plan for success.
The Road Less Traveled: Social Worker as Entrepreneur
Social workers have transferable skills, honing our personal knowledge and expertise that allows us to thrive in a variety of settings. But what about utilizing what we know to develop a business? Unless your goal is to open a private practice, many social workers are not taught the valuable skills necessary to work for themselves. Through this discussion, social workers and students learn about the benefits of entrepreneurship, develop strategies to tackle limiting beliefs that prevent social workers from working for themselves or developing a thriving business, and cultivate ideas to hone their expertise (including blogging, public speaking, and more) to attract ideal customers and clients.
Placing Reproductive Justice at the Forefront of Comprehensive Sex Education
With the rise of the Reproductive Justice framework in the last 20 years, intersectionality has been at the forefront of sex education and reproductive freedom. How can sex educators integrate intersectionality and the Reproductive Justice framework in their educational development, teaching, inclusion and advocacy for comprehensive sex education? This workshop 1) introduces the RJ framework and how sex education from an intersectional analysis leads to more inclusiveness in sexual health advocacy; 2) provides strategies in applying the RJ framework in comprehensive sex education, counseling, and advocacy; and 3) introduce professional organizations that serve as educational and advocacy vehicles in advancing the RJ framework in sex education.
To book Nicole for your next event, call 646-657-8307, or email contact[at]nicoleclarkconsulting[dot]com.