Kyaio's Korner July 2020

Words From Our Founder/CEO



The past few months have been challenging for many of us. Resilience is all about surviving challenges and, not only living through them, but also about learning within them, from them, and rising above them. Many of you know my own story of resilience and thriving – From Thug to Thinker – and understand why With Respect, LLC exists. (If you don’t, let’s chat!). We are all about resilience in walk and talk!

Here at With Respect, we took a deep financial hit, like so many other small businesses. Also like many other small businesses, the government relief that was offered was outside of our reach. As the team (there are four of us now) stepped back and made our plan to move forward, we took on the lessons around us and took the opportunity to move forward in a larger presence on the virtual stage. 

As a result of the unique virtual experiences we wanted to create, we had a couple false starts with the technology that wasn’t able to support what we wanted it to do. Through trial and error, we have blazed our way into creating the quality learning you have come to expect from us. Those of you who have been part of all of that “Thank you!”

Today, we have our own Virtual Learning Platform that holds our courses, our virtual learning experiences, our forums, our hopes, and our dreams. It is our intention that you join us there (Click here to register now!). We are adding more content daily so you will find free and paid courses on equity, personal development, teaching through the lenses of trauma informed, resilience, and social emotional learning. There are forums connected to the courses (and some connected to groups) where safe, deep, and supportive conversations can take place. I really think you’re gonna want to come see this!

Additionally, as noted above, we are offering our FREE Virtual Ed Series each month – 45 minutes of learning related to resilience, social emotional learning, trauma informed practice, and student led learning (Yes, these are all related!). Can’t wait to see you there!!

Simultaneously, our work in equity, respect and resilience has become relevant, necessary, and desired. As Black Lives Matter raises the World’s awareness to the inequities experienced at the hands of law enforcement, we, as a white and white-passing owned organization doing this work for two decades, have continued to look at more ways to support a new narrative and provide tools for people to be able to engage in respectful, meaningful, and difficult conversations while also doing our part to dismantle the Cage of Oppression. If you’re interested in being part of that work, don’t hesitate to contact me!

Just before our new platform was born, we rolled out a new website. The objective is to make the desired services easy to find. Let us know what you think!

Within those services you will find our School Recovery Services, newly designed to support the success of students, staff, schools, and districts in these unprecedented times. Be sure to check those out too.

Bottom line, lots has been happening here at With Respect. We’d love for you to join us in any way that feels good. Whether you’re an individual looking for learning, an organization in need of professional development or coaching, or a school looking for Recovery Support, we are here to serve.

As always, if you have any thoughts, ideas, or want to reach out to me directly, please don’t hesitate. My email is below.

Until next month and 

With Respect,

Leah R. Kyaio, Founder/CEO
With Respect, LLC
leah@with-respect.com