Several consultants with relevant workplace diversity, team building, conflict resolution and communication, and other pertinent experience implement and monitor projects. While each consultant is highly skilled to facilitate individually, some training is team-taught with two or more trainers per session.

Meet Cathy Harris

Cathy Harris is a communications, diversity and inclusion performance and productivity specialist. She is founder and President of C. Harris Companies, Inc., an organizational and staff development firm focused on the planning and implementation of strategies in diversity and inclusion (including sexual harassment prevention and generational differences), team building, leadership development, conflict resolution, cross-cultural communication and customer service. She is a keynote speaker, skilled facilitator, trainer and consultant for businesses, corporations, universities and government organizations. Cathy explores their challenges and assists in improving their corporate culture, morale, performance, productivity, team and personal effectiveness. She’s known for her ability to move people beyond their personal biases and assumptions toward one another and engage in dialogues that build healthy, working relationships. She specializes in fostering diversity, communication and dialogue skills, team building and conflict resolution.

Through experiential, highly interactive, engaging and thought-provoking presentations, Cathy personally connects with her varied audience members, consistently earning a 9.14 and higher performance rating on a ten-point scale. She encourages unity, harmony and cohesiveness with a friendly, natural and fun style. Her impact is positive and long-lasting. Cathy deals easily with sensitive issues and encourages others to do the same

Cathy has more than 25 years’ experience as a small business owner. As such, she led major change initiatives for Chevron Chemical Company and the USDA’s National Finance Center. John Ortego, the center’s Director, said Cathy’s work “… has been a factor in creating a unified, productive, and positive workforce and atmosphere.” He also said that it was the “best diversity training he ever attended.” After major improvements in equity, performance and morale at the National Finance Center, officials in Washington, DC took notice and commissioned Cathy to train USDA managers and supervisors in the DC area. Cathy is also a volunteer with the Global Facilitators Service Corps,, which sponsors workshops in disaster and crisis intervention, resiliency and trauma debriefing.

Cathy has received the New Orleans Peace Foundation’s 1996 Peacemaker Award. She also was given the George Washington Medal of Honor from the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge along with Dr. Stephen Ambrose, creator of Saving Private Ryan and the hit HBO mini-series Band of Brothers. Cathy is featured as one of 10 Top Female Achievers in the July 2008 issue of New Orleans Magazine and was recognized in Ebony Magazine for outstanding community service.

An overview of her challenges and triumphs is captured in the book, Discovering Your Inner Strength, along with Steven Covey, Ken Blanchard and others.

Cathy is co-founder (along with Sally-Ann Roberts) past president and current board member of Each One Save One, a mentoring organization for New Orleans’ schools. She also serves on executive committee of the Horizon Initiative, an organization committed to bring new business to New Orleans and retain and grow existing businesses. Cathy is past president of the National Speakers Association/New Orleans Chapter and an active member of the American Society for Training and Development and the Society for Human Resource Management. She is a six-year member of the Diversity Professional Experts Group of the National Speakers Association.

Chevron, Shell, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, Regional Transit Authority, Monsanto, nine agencies in the U. S. Department of Agriculture, Department of Defense, The Department of the Interior, The Environmental Protection Agency, The U.S. Small Business Administration, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Postal Service, LSU, Tulane, Loyola and Xavier Universities, among others.

Ted Quant

Ted Quant, BA – Senior Facilitator – is a trainer, social activist, and administrator specializing in conflict resolution, diversity training, teambuilding, youth leadership development and communication in schools, corporations and community groups. He currently serves as the director of Loyola University’s Twomey Center for Peace through Justice, which is the social justice department of Loyola University New Orleans.

Mr. Quant conducts the nationally recognized Resolving Conflict Creatively Program in public schools and serves on the board and provides training to the 21st Century Youth Leadership Movement based in Selma, AL. He led a multi-university collaborative that developed the conflict resolution curriculum for the New Orleans Police Academy and trained the trainers to implement it. He co-authored with Michael Kane a training manual for promoting diversity as part of a five-year diversity process with Du Pont Corporation – Pontchartrain Works.

Quant has worked with AT&T Small Business Systems, the Federal Aviation Administration, the Southern Voter Education Project, the Texas Farm Workers March to Washington, and Chevron Oil. He was trained by and trained for the Peace Development Foundation of Boston, MA and Educators for Social Responsibility of Cambridge, MA. He has been a laborer, longshoreman, and union shop steward. He served in the U.S. Army.

Let Ted guide your group through a highly effective training program.

 Michael Kane

Michael Kane is an international facilitator and training consultant who also serves as an adjunct professor for University College at Tulane University. In addition to his twenty-three years teaching management courses at Tulane, he has extensive experience as a facilitator and trainer of managers and staff in both the private and public sectors. This includes fifteen years experience as a Spanish-speaking facilitator/trainer and consultant in training and development projects for numerous private multinational corporations and government ministries in Latin America, the Caribbean and Middle East.

He was an American Management Association course facilitator and contract trainer in fourteen Latin American countries. His specialties included judicial administration, educational and fiscal administration projects. He is experienced in the design and facilitation of seminars and workshops in negotiations and management training, corporate retreats, strategic planning, SWOT analysis, diversity strategy, communications, leadership, group process, decision-making, employee performance appraisal, customer service and time management, as well as meeting facilitation, outdoor teambuilding, and consultations in general human resource administration. Dr. Kane is bilingual in Spanish/English, fluent in Portuguese and less fluent in French. He is a co-founder of Loyola University’s Twomey Training Center and a faculty member of Tulane’s Professional Development Institute. He received his doctorate in educational change leadership in 1980 from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.

Erness Wright-Irvin, MHA

Principal Partner, Facilitative Leadership Institute NOLA
President / CEO, EWI Health Care Consulting, LLC
Design of Participatory Events
Collaborative Initiatives
Public Meeting Facilitation