Dr. Shakti Butler is an African-American woman of biracial West Indian and Russian-Jewish heritage, whose work as a creative and visionary bridge builder has challenged and inspired learning for over twenty-one years. As the Executive Director of World Trust, Dr. Butler initiated "Heart-to-Heart Conversations", a national program of public dialogue that speaks to critical social issues of race, gender, class, and sexual orientation.
Dr. Butler is the producer and director of the groundbreaking documentary, THE WAY HOME . The video serves as a model for dialogue that sets the context for constructive conversations on oppression through the lens of race. Her work moves conversations beyond black and white and speaks to the interconnectedness of racism, classism, sexism, and homophobia.
Shakti is an inspirational facilitator, trainer and lecturer whose consulting, writing, and lecturing style supports her use of mind, body, and Spirit or Consciousness as an approach to challenge deeply embedded beliefs and generate new questions. Her work emerges from years of self-exploration, as well as her experience lecturing, speaking, designing workshops, teaching, and training in colleges, universities, organizations, and religious institutions. A warm and compassionate person, she uses her exceptional ability to listen and ask pertinent questions along with her intuitive capacity to support self-directed learning. She enriches people's ability to move toward an expanded understanding of their own capacity for greatness.
Shakti's speaking style incorporates group participation, dialogue, critical self-inquiry, reflection, and whole body learning. Her presentation of THE WAY HOME is greatly enriched because she ties the stories and ideas presented in the film to the personal stories and challenges of the people watching it. In this way, attention is paid to building community amongst audience participants. In 1994, Dr. Butler, on behalf of World Trust, designed and launched "Heart-to-Heart Conversations", a national program of public dialogue designed to help people share deep feelings about race and culture. This program has gained recognition and been reviewed on both local and national television.
Shakti and World Trust also recognize that the "Heart-to-Heart Conversations" program, no matter how powerful, must be carefully framed and contextualized. Quality diversity work and reflective educational awareness must link the concerns of the participants to the larger objectives and challenges of their related institutions or organizations. This allows them to maximize their potential for learning and growing. For this reason Shakti actively partners with organizations in order to support established visions, goals, and objectives.
Dr. Butler received her doctorate in Integral Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, CA. Her field of expertise is Transformative Learning and Change. Dr. Butler graduated Magna Cum Laude from City College of New York and holds an MA in Guidance and Counseling from Bank Street College of New York. She is also a contributing author to The New Entrepreneurs, an anthology on new paradigm business practices and learning.
* "Heart-to-Heart Conversations" is a national program of public dialogue that speaks to critical social issues. To bring Dr. Shakti Butler to your institution or organization to speak, please contact: KR Consulting, 415-464-9211
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