| Feb 16th
Allyship: Embodying the Power of vulnerability: - Newell Eaton gives a glance into his walk in allyship and navigating his experience with whiteness. Seeking to make change after George Floyd, Newell keeps the conversation of commitment and action alive through cyclical self reflection. Newell invited the group to reflect on their experiences of internalized racism and how those experiences can affect hidden biases and judgements. To whom do we hold apprehension? What type of people are neutral to us? Are we aware of the judgements we hold towards others? And how does that relate to their color, race, gender, clothing, etc? Newell gives us his insight into his own inner judgements and what method he uses to respond. For those who are just beginning their racial justice work, Newell provides recommendations to assist others to getting towards a more desensitized place.
BIO: Newell has been sought out as a meeting facilitator by community, business and government leaders for his creative and responsive approach, his capacity to facilitate productive conversations, and his depth of experience building cross-disciplinary collaborative programs. He has helped many large and small groups identify, plan and achieve their project goals in a wide diversity of complex and challenging situations including many strategic plans, leadership transitions and organizational change projects.
As an innovation facilitator Newell has designed and facilitated thousands of hours of meetings with a broad range of groups, usually on topics for which he had limited prior content knowledge. Meeting participants have included scientists, engineers, technicians, business leaders, bankers, college profs, librarians, school teachers, MDs and nurses, elected and appointed governmental officials, civil servants, union leaders, citizens/taxpayers, neighbors, parents, adolescents, teachers, clergy, homeless people, and even lawyers.
Newell received his facilitation training from the Institute for Generative Leadership, the Creative Education Foundation, and the NLP Center of New York. He is an active member and frequent trainer of coaches and facilitators at the International Association of Facilitators, Creative Problem Solving Institute, Mind Camp, and the Hudson- Mohawk Chapter of Association for Training & Development. He is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, focusing on the study of group behavior and change. For 26 years he was Director of Strategic Planning for New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services.