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"Among Paula’s many strengths she is a master at bringing people together to solve problems and getting the job done. Her determination allows that no obstacles will get in her way. And because she is so personable people enjoy working with her to break down the barriers and achieve those sometimes elusive goals."

Jo-Ann Sobkow, International Consultant, Occupational and Career Research

How I work

⌐ I work best with people over the long term, when there is enough time to develop and deepen relationships.
⌐ I stimulate a search for underlying challenges and interests connected to stated objectives.
⌐ I urge participants to see work through a positive and appreciative lens, focusing on what already works.
⌐ I build on existing assets, using these to co-create a set of everyday practices that support intercultural community development.
⌐ I connect clients to my diverse network, providing any additional support and expertise that may be needed.

Coaching and mentoring
I create packages for annual and semi-annual contracts with meetings occurring weekly, monthly, or as-needed. These packages help participants to implement and test changes as a part of imagining their future. Beginning with a questioning process, I help evaluate multiple sources of information, explore new possibilities and connections, focus on desired outcomes and goals, and design and implement actions tailored to the situation at hand. Coaching and mentoring can be conducted in person, over the phone, or on line.

Advisor and Consultant
I create consulting packages that bring my skills to your processes. This requires participating in meetings, dialogues, and planning processes. As a listener and advisor, I bring forward insights, broaden perspectives, help to identify promising threads and useful resources.

Network Opportunity Identification and Convening
I create network development packages that includes the identification of stakeholders and ways of bringing these people together.

Inspirational Learning Sessions
I create inspirational storytelling workshops that help to convene people with different perspectives, and introduce different cultures to one another.

Discovery Approaches
These processes begin with interests, challenges and capacity, and end with an action plan. 
Witnessing and observing through on-site exchanges and interviews (3-7 days)
Through site visits, the shadowing of community leaders and stakeholders,
and other methods suited your organization, I observe your current culture and practices. If on-site exchanges are not possible, I obtain this information through interviews and focus-group discussions.
Discovery workshops (3-4 hours)
I design and facilitate intercultural awareness building workshops that tap into your strengths and current practices as well as identify new areas of development.
Needs and Asset Inventories (3-4 months)
I coach and mentor a local team of community explorers, who use a variety of face-to-face and social media approaches to assess your needs and assets.

Customized Approaches
The best approaches entail longer relationships characterized by ongoing assistance with problem solving and emergent practice. With this approach I continuously modify what I am doing to best serve your needs.

Initial Consultation (30 minutes)
Our first conversation will determine if my services and style fit your needs and interests. Following this discussion, I will submit a proposal identifying first steps.