Work with Nicole: Speaking Requests
I lead full-day, half-day, and multi-day customizable workshops and group discussions in a variety of settings for an array of audiences. While my trainings and workshops and are open to all, they are designed primarily for women and girls of color, and organizations that provide programs and services that meet the needs of women and girls of color.
I’ve spoken at many events, including colleges and universities, conferences, community events, local and city government, nonprofits, and professional groups and associations. My diverse client client 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 me 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.
To book Nicole for your next event, call 646-657-8307, email firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the Client Questionnaire.
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 (racial justice, feminism, youth empowerment), allyship, youth-adult partnerships, parent-child communication, stakeholder engagement, health education advocacy, strengths-based thinking for communities of color,
- Self Care: Designing a self care plan, organizational self care, burnout vs stress, mental health issues vs burnout, and self care as community care and a tool of 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)
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.