Professional Development

At With Respect, LLC our professional development is authentic and provides rich learning in a vast range of diversity and cultural competence. We support organizations of respect and equity while educating and providing tools that reduce and eliminate racism and sexism. Everything is done with the intention of full respect while providing for the cutting edge of adult learning.

Our innovative trainers offer perspectives and engagement with audiences of many types of organizations;  non-profits, law enforcement, juvenile justice, education, businesses, community based organizations, and government agencies.

We think outside the box, and facilitate in ways that allow for self-discovery at a deeper level. All of our presentations, from 45 minutes to two-full days, allow participants to walk away with skills they can use immediately. We are proud of our ability to meet people where they are and take them even further than they ever thought possible!

As an organization, we hold a strong belief that "drive-by professional development" doesn't work. (Click on the link to read what drive-by is and why it's ineffective and not something we support.) That is why what we offer are professional development series. When you hire us for your professional development, you're engaging in a relationship that includes looking at the impact of our training experience on your organization.

These training series are encouraged and available as part of A.D.A.I.S.™, our systemic program of expanding organizational culture. However, we do offer them independently as noted below.

Tools for Diversity Competence (also known as The Vaccine Approach). This is up to 16 hours of professional development delivered in short increments over time, usually 45-60 minutes. This provides the introduction, integration, and practice of 6 targeted tools and skills plus innumerable peripheral information and tools. This learning experience aligns mindsets with true respect and equity while providing individuals with new skills for conflict management, meaningful communication, and fostering inclusive workplaces. It supports and encourages every employee to achieve and contribute their full potential.

Framing Our Diversity . This is 24 hours of professional development delivered in longer increments (90 min - 3 hrs). It includes the introduction, integration, and practice of 15 targeted tools and skills plus innumerable peripheral information and tools. These include the 6 skills from Tools for Diversity Competence and adds the advanced skills necessary for diversity competence and cultural intelligence.

Looking for something else?

We have curriculum that targets conflict management, implicit bias, effective communication, teamwork and collaboration, leadership development, with many other embedded topics.

Additionally, we have keynote and conference presentations. They are customized with an eye to inspire, cause laughter, influence perspectives, and always leave the audience with at least one tool or strategy.


All of our trainings mindfully apply the adult learning model and allow for the integration and practice of skills to move people well into conscious competence.

Adult Learning

Cost & Questions

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We look forward to learning and growing with you!

DiBrown“I experienced Leah's diversity and cultural awareness training as part of a very non-diverse group of employees. Her methods were inclusive, non-confrontational, determined , and pragmatic, allowing the group to address uncomfortable topics in a bold but non-threatening manner. Since then, I have discovered that Leah lives what she teaches, setting the example in every venue.”

Diana Brown

Director, Information Systems

Washington Schools Risk Management Pool