Ms. Amend is the creator of the Becoming Wise approach to leader, group and organization development. As a national and international speaker, she is known for thought-leadership, creativity and insightful analysis. Her speaking focuses on topics of social and organizational change, dignity, and art as a transformational resource. She shares insights into the dynamics of diversity/equity/inclusion as well as cross-cultural communication through lenses of practical wisdom and adaptive capacity.
Currently, she is available to speak on:
The Lost Boys of Technology: Confused Connective Desires and their Impact
In this provocative session, Ms. Amend addresses the role of psychological differences between men and women as motivating factors in digital technology development. She illuminates how gender differences and human desires for connection impact the current internet and social media technology landscape. Finally, she explores implications for further technology development, equity and voice. Can we make wise decisions now to shape positive paths for society in the years to come?
Framing Diversity with Dignity
This session outlines how both human universality and human difference can be held within one framework, while neither silencing different voices for the expediencies of cohesion, nor fragmenting organizations through differences. Starting with a brief definition of dignity, this talk explores dignity affirmations and violations and their role in DEI dynamics. It then proceeds to outline paths for change action grounded in empathy, self-leadership, and relational care.
Unintended Consequences: DEI Efforts as Accelerators for Global Techno-Consumerism
This talk presents a nuanced, uncomfortable, and thought-provoking perspective on the unintended consequences of US-American DEI efforts within the US and globally. It provides a critical analysis of movements such as “Cancel Culture” and others, and how the energy of these movements is coming to be co-opted for agendas of global techno-consumerism.
What is Deep Diversity?
Many DEI efforts are criticized as “just checking the boxes”. Deep Diversity explores strategic sustainable change processes. With a blend of “stories from the trenches” and conceptual frameworks, this talk provides maps and inspirations for transformational DEI processes.
An Introduction to Becoming Wise
This session blends speaking with interactive experiential learning moments. It provides an initial “taste” of the Becoming Wise approach to growth. First, practical wisdom and its role in today’s leadership and organizations will be introduced. The focus of the second part will be a specific practical wisdom capability area selected in coordination with the client.
To learn more and to book her as a speaker, contact connect(at)samikawise.com