Kathy Germann and associates have offered our services in conflict resolution, diversity issues and team development to a broad range of clients since 1982. Here are what some of them have to say about their experiences of our work.
Kathy is the most professional (and fun) consultant that I have ever
worked with. She has the ability to integrate her inclusive approach with
assessment data and business goals to drive the instructional design. The
result is a meaningful learning event with the potential to transform
people delivered with compassion and a splash of fun.
Kathy and Vida led our group through a variety of creative educational
activities that helped us develop life-long skills in how to handle
conflict situations both at work and in their personal lives. I would
strongly recommend The Art of Conflict Transformation to anyone seeking a
class that goes beyond the standard management fare in this area. Kathy
and Vida bring new and valuable insights by presenting the information in a
way that not only thinks outside the box, but results in real and
substantial personal growth for all attendees.
Faciliting by Heart has given the participants from my company skills and takeaway
materials that are immediately applicable. The effect has been tremendous personal and
professional growth. There has been a positive ripple effect in our organization among the
people we work with.
Kathy facilitated my first Diversity training seminar several years
ago. She helped expand my understanding and definition of diversity past
race and gender. Her facilitation style and knowledge of the subject is
very conducive to learning. I have since hired her to facilitate diversity
programs at Oscar Mayer and co-facilitate a citywide training session for
the Equal Opportunity Commission. She has had my respect and friendship from
our very first meeting.
Some workshop facilitators really have their craft down and know how to
put on a wonderful show then there are a very few who understand the art
of training. Its clear that Kathy Germann has that gift. I took Kathys
diversity workshops to fine-tune myself as an instrument for this work.
Because of the depth of Kathys commitment and her mastery of how people
change and grow, the workshops have helped me do exactly that. A lot of my
work has been with Indian elders. Borrowing from their vocabulary, I would
say that Kathy has medicine.
I hired Kathy to train groups in schools staff, students, building
services workers, administrators and she always responded with amazing
creativity and insight. Her classes and workshops were always so much
fun, and so informative and growth producing for me. Kathy is a
facilitator/trainer who consistently reaches all types of people I know
of no group uncomfortable with her style she fosters curiosity, desire
for growth, and openness.
I highly recommend the Art of Conflict Transformation Workshop for any
group interested in learning an effective method for responding to conflict
that increases trust and communication in relationships. In the four years
that Kathy and Vida presented this workshop, participants commented that it
was one of the most valuable workshops they attended during their teaching
career both personally and professionally. They also mentioned how much
they enjoyed Kathy and Vida's humor, comfortable presentation style, and
unique approach to the topic of conflict resolution.
Kathy developed and implemented Unlearning Racism and Unlearning
Homophobia programs for Malcolm Shabazz City High School, an alternative
high school with an extremely diverse population of students. She
developed a school-wide model that used both students and staff as leaders.
Kathy quickly established herself as a facilitator of ideas and was also
able to generate a great deal of enthusiasm among staff and students. As a
workshop presenter, she was warm, humorous and at the same time able to
comfortably deal with sensitive and sometimes angry issues. Her knowledge
and skills have had a lasting impact on the school.
In thirty years of being employed in state government, I have never seen
this kind of positive response to a training. Kathy helped the group feel
comfortable with differences. The training served as a wake-up call and it
got to the bottom line regarding diversity its not only acceptable, its
the right thing to do.
Kathy tailored a training session for our organization designed to create
awareness of, and the need for, diversity. She has the ability to take a
sensitive, cultural topic and create an experience that challenges existing
paradigms. Kathy creates a learning environment using the appropriate
combination of lecture, class discussion, and experiential activities in
which adults can discover and critically examine the basis for their
assumptions, and the behaviors that result from them.
I have greatly enjoyed working with Kathy not only is she 'fun', but she
knows her stuff. Her strategy in introducing diversity issues into the
workplace is par excellence! Kathy can lead your work force into a better
understanding of 'difference' and how we all are 'different' in our own
ways. I heartily recommend Kathys work to you both as a former government
official and now as a member of the clergy.
Kathy provided an outstanding program in conflict resolution at the
annual State Podiatric Medical Conference. Initially met with skepticism
by members more used to non-participatory lectures, the post conference
comments described a program that proved very useful to members in their
private practices. The program was informative and entertaining. It has
enabled me in my personal practice better means of working with patients
not always amenable to the ideal prescribed treatment plan. Patient visits
are more win-win using the techniques she taught. I recommend
the program highly.
Over the past 10 years, Kathy has presented over 80 workshops under my
auspices through the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Continuing
Education Program. Participants in every one of the
workshops have rated them as outstanding or exceptional. The often long
emotional comments have indicated how people have been touched and moved
to action by Kathys teaching style, understanding of people, sense of
humor, and her compassion and caring for people.
Facilitating By Heart is the best integrated series of workshops that I have attended. The facilitators have unique styles that bring together people from diverse backgrounds into an uncommon learning and growing community.
The Art of Conflict Transformation training provided by Kathy and Vida is challenging,
fun, and relevant to a variety of circumstances. Attention is paid to the variety of learning
styles present in any group, and incorporates opportunities to learn in large and small groups,
as well as individually. They tailored a follow-up workshop that helped staff to practice what we
learned on work situations that we identified as conflictual and challenging. The training has
raised our collective expectations of how we, as a group, approach conflicts in the