Social Impact Mastermind: A Transformational Journey Towards Antiracism

The Ultimate Social Impact Mastermind

Creating a brave space for conversations about race.

Should we continue to advance or ignore a system that breeds racism and division? Alternatively, what if we seek social change through personal transformation?

Grab a seat at the table in this 8-week Social Impact Mastermind. Bravely examine what resides in your heart and mind as a member of a racialized society. A transformational journey such as this is for those who desire a deeper understanding of themselves, connecting to others, and cultivating change from within under systemic racial conditions. It is appropriate for individuals, organizations, businesses, and intact teams.

The purpose of the Mastermind Discovery Call is to ensure that we are a good fit for one another. Should you accept a seat to the mastermind, you will then receive the details to complete the payment process. If you decide the mastermind is not for you, then there is no further obligation.

Unique Transformational Strategy
At the end of the mastermind experience participants walk away with a unique transformational strategy to become antiracist.

Sneak Peek into Social Impact Mastermind:
*$3000 Value

» Design. Group limited to 15 participants for maximum impact, peer-to-peer support, and introspective conversations about race. Meets for 3 hours a week for 8 weeks (1.5 hr Active Learning/Discovery + 1.5 hr Open Forum).

» Introspection. Participants journey into their thoughts, ideas, and beliefs about people different from themselves.

» Self-knowledge. Awareness of interactions in your home, community, and workplace as it relates to those who are different from you.

» Reconciliation. Acknowledgement of histories of generational trauma, genocide, systemic enslavement, racism, discrimination, and incarceration.

» Unstuck. Getting unstuck from limited beliefs, thoughts and ideas about others raises consciousness of self and others.

» Potential. One of the most powerful words in any language, implying possibility, heralding hope, and unveiling greatness.

» Truth. Truth is a part of the process of reconciliation. Those who have been generationally abused are seen and heard in their own lives and voices.

Typical Resources:
Personal narratives, historical documents, articles, books, videos, worksheets, SOAR Transformation Plan


Testimonials

Susan Wind, Social Impact Mastermind Attendee

I am so glad I took this training with Anita. I much more fully understand the struggles black people have experienced over the years in a way I didn’t before taking this class. Anita talks about wanting the world to be a better, a safer place for her grandson. A world where he won’t have to protest. I want that for him too. So what can I do? I can make a beginning by ‘seeing’ black people rather than pretending they aren’t there. I mean actually making eye contact, saying hello and having conversations. I can notice my racist thinking when it pops up, acknowledge it and decide to change. I must do this and change… for Anita’s grandson.I can notice my racist thinking when it pops up, acknowledge it and decide to change. I must do this and change… for Anita’s grandson.

Sarah Grubb, Social Impact Mastermind Attendee

Participating in Anita’s training helped me re-clarify my commitment to an anti-racist path. She guided our training group deep into traditionally overlooked U.S. history, past and present, and gave each of us space to connect with one another, share experiences, and reflect. Anita expertly achieves a balance between educating on the hard truth of our country’s race dynamics while simultaneously creating a supportive environment in which to connect, share, and learn. Thank you, Anita!

Shelley Hiegel, Social Impact Mastermind Attendee

I woke up this morning anticipating another inspirational discussion on my journey toward antiracism and realized that our workshop was over, but my transformation was just beginning. This transformational journey will be ingrained in my head, heart and soul as my realization today is the recognition of the work ahead of me. I was ready and willing to begin the work of antiracism but Anita Russell was the spark and guide. Anita’s approach for this workshop was one that provided accurate information and resources, sensitivity training and support as she gently, yet directly challenged some of my ingrained beliefs. She provided a safe space for me and other members of the group for this self exploration. I loved Anita’s theme throughout the eight weeks which was we each need to take personal responsibility about what happens next and decide own our role in the goal of antiracism. I was able to feel comfortable and challenged due to Anita’s experiential approach, her skill, training and engaging leadership. I am a fan!

Joanne Riley, Social Impact Mastermind Attendee

Attending Anita’s workshop was a life changer for me. I realized while attending the sessions and reading the powerful resource material provided, that just saying I am antiracist is not being antiracist. I learned so much about the history of black people and how racist beliefs and structures are pervasive in all aspects of our lives from education to housing to health care, and how institutional policies were developed over time to support racism. I learned how being quiet and living the life of a privileged white woman is not helping my black family members and black friends. I need to be more active in their lives and help tear down those beliefs and structures and support policy change. I need to speak up and openly support them, and since attending Anita’s workshops, I have. I was also so impressed with how Anita spoke and lead our discussions. She didn’t present with anger or resentment or judgement. She spoke with kindness, understanding, confidence, and grace. You are truly a remarkable person Anita and I appreciate you.

Judy Traister, Social Impact Mastermind Attendee

Through being a part of this workshop, I have become more aware of the issues of racism in our country, as well as within myself, and the absolute need to become antiracist in order for our country to heal. In sharing her knowledge, experiences, and resources, Anita provided us with a safe place in which to examine and acknowledge our own thoughts and feelings, and in turn, shared hers. One comes away from the workshop realizing this exploring of our country’s real history and its effects must be recognized and acknowledged.

In conclusion Anita challenged us to establish our own goals and plans to work toward antiracism individually and collectively. I highly recommend the participation in this workshop as Anita provides an outstanding opportunity for valued discussions.

Gail Hunter, Social Impact Mastermind Attendee

I am so grateful to have attended Anita’s program on antiracism. Her brilliance, compassion and gifts of guiding/teaching and leading others opened pathways for participants (including myself) to explore, uncover and work through their own issues to enable growth and transformation in being antiracist. We have all experienced many storms and I am grateful for this opportunity in remembering the truth she so eloquently and compassionately speaks.  I am amazed at her ability to guide each of us to work through our own layers of generational racism to be mindful and present to the different choices we can make each day fueled by truth and awareness.

Thank you from the depth of my heart and soul for the gift of you, your wisdom, your teachings, and your compassion.  It is beyond the time for everyone to look deep within and begin their own journey of transformation and healing and stepping into ownership of the choices we all can make to live each moment as an antiracist person and remember our collective humanity.

Mavis Bauman, Dismantling Racism Workshop Attendee

I loved Anita Russell’s presentation on “Dismantling Racism”! So eye-opening, so convicting, yet so gently delivered. I learned from Anita how little I know about African American history and about the Black experience in this country — why wasn’t that taught in my schools or university?? I learned more about what systemic racism is in the U.S., how it is expressed in corporations and other organizations through assimilation. I told Anita that her voice needs to be multiplied, this presentation was that good. I will never forget the face of baby Cairo or the view from the “top [edge] of the coin.” My sincerest gratitude, Anita!

Nikki Carber, Speak Out Against Suicide

Our small community, Camanche, Iowa, has been greatly affected by suicide. We have suffered 22 losses during the last 15 years. The knowledge we all took away from [Mental Health First Aid] was priceless. From the moment this class began we were able to relate to the information that was provided to us due to the great communication skills and knowledge of the two Instructors. While mental health is a topic that many wish to not discuss, we feel that the Mental Health First Aid class was essential in bringing the knowledge and awareness our community is striving for. This program is a top-notch service to area communities like ours and we are so grateful for the opportunity to have this program in our area.

Ethan Call, Psychology Student, Brigham Young University

The day after I completed the training, my usually reliable friend didn’t come to church services, which was out of character. My roommate and I were concerned because we knew she was struggling with depression and anxiety, so we texted her. She responded that she was having a really bad time and she decided to stay home. It was a red flag, so we left early and went to see her….As soon as we walked into her apartment, the ALGEE action plan I had learned in the training clicked in….She’s working with a counselor and doing much better now. She still has her ups and downs, but when I see her, she seems to be dealing well with her challenges. I’m not sure how differently things would have gone if I hadn’t had a plan to follow in that situation. But thanks to my Mental Health First Aid training, I didn’t have to find out.

Deputy Fire Chief Michael Allora, Clifton Fire Department

Since completing training, I’ve noticed that there is more conversation about mental health among members of our team, and that is helping reduce the stigma associated with behavioral health issues. People at the Clifton Fire Department are using what they learned in the course in their personal lives as well as their professional lives.

Tori Wardrip, Art Teacher, Lewis and Clark Middle School (via Mindshift)

The training was well-received by our staff….Focusing on mental health has helped to develop a shared sense of caring in our school district and in the community. Additionally, it has answered many of the questions our staff members faced after experiencing the heartache of student suicides. Finally, parents and community members know that we are doing everything we can to protect the overall health our most valuable assets —our students.”–Robert Underwood, Superintendent of Indian Lake Local Schools (via Ohio.gov)“The course taught me how to get students the help they need, especially in an emergency.

Rick Denton, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, West Care Foundation

The situation involved a young 24-year-old Army combat veteran suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury and a myriad of other issues….He said he had not slept in five days…the voices in his head were so loud that he couldn’t sleep. At first the voices would tell him to hurt himself, and now the voices were telling him to kill himself…I asked him several times, ‘How can I help you?’ and told him to please ‘let me help you.’ He replied that he didn’t think anything could help him. I asked him directly, ‘Are you thinking about suicide?’ He said he probably would be better off. Then I asked, ‘What would you like to do?’ and ‘What do you think you need to do?’ There was a long pause before he said, ‘One of the voices in my head is telling to check myself into the psychiatric unit at the VA hospital.’ I repeated what he had said, and he said again that he would like to get some help. So,I said, ‘Then that’s what we are going to do.’…Later, the young man called to let me know he arrived at the hospital and was checking himself in. I told him how proud I was of him for getting the help he needed.

Pastor Nathan Krause, Fort Worth First Seventh-Day Adventist Church

I heard about Mental Health First Aid from a church member and immediately saw the need. I come in contact with various individuals who are having a mental health crisis, either themselves or in their family. I’ve taken regular first aid, and I’ve used both, but certainly the opportunities to use Mental Health First Aid are much more abundant.

Martha Tilmon, Cerner

Mental Health First Aid gives you good, actionable things to do when you see someone struggling. If there was a person choking, you’d want to do the Heimlich, or you’d want to have someone who knew CPR, but when someone is having a panic attack or an anxiety attack, I wasn’t sure what actionable steps to take.