Celebrating Black History

Join us for an inspiring service (with a special gumbo potluck to follow!) as our keynote speaker, Elmer Dixon, long-time Seattle activist involved in the social change since the “Black Power Movement” of the 1960’s, edu-tains us with wisdom tales from his early days as a Revolutionary to his current role as a Multiculturalist. Enabling ALL people to pursue the American Dream remains relevant for Elmer. Since relocating to Seattle with his parents when he was 7, Elmer and his brothers, along with their parents, marched with Dr. King in a demonstration for the rights of poor and oppressed communities. Continuing his passion for social justice, Elmer has worked in the field of Human Rights, Multiculturalism and Inclusion for the past 30 years and now serves as President of Executive Diversity Services. As a former activist and current diversity consultant, he has served as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for a variety of US and international business, education institutions, and organizations. Crystal Bailey, Ronald George, and Kofi Boadu share inspirational stories as well. Soloists Ron Douglas, Ritchard Wooley, and Noel Barnes along with the speakers have curated the music for this special service. Potluck to follow!

Bio: Elmer Dixon is currently President of Executive Diversity Services, an organizational development firm in Seattle, Washington.   Following many years as an executive in public and non- profit organizations, Elmer now applies his experience to developing and implementing solutions that help organizations fully value and benefit from the diversity of both their employees and clients.

Elmer has over 30 years of experience in designing practical, innovative solutions to organizational challenges that increase the cultural competency of the organization and its executives, managers and employees.  Elmer is a certified administrator for the Intercultural Conflict Inventory and was instrumental in the development of the Inclusive Circles Process ™ that has benefited EDS’s diverse clients including United Airlines and Alaska Airlines, the University of California, Davis, United States Gypsum, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, American Red Cross, Exelon, Mobil Oil, PepsiCo, and Catherine T. and John D. MacArthur Foundation and JC Penney and the Cities of Seattle, Portland and Berkeley among others. He has delivered a highly acclaimed training to police departments on the “Challenges of Policing in Diverse Communities” and the impact of implicit bias and intercultural conflict.

Elmer’s vision, energy, and creativity have contributed to his success in leading diverse teams, facilitating and implementing strategic plans for organizations, and providing outstanding training and consultation in the areas of cross cultural communication, team building, and conflict management. Elmer brings both practical experience and a dynamic presence to his work with specialized training in working across cultures from leading interculturalists at several universities in Europe and the United States.  As a former activist and current diversity consultant, he has served as a keynote speaker and workshop facilitator for a variety of US organizations including Illinois Police Chief’s Midwest Security Conference, SIETAR US, and SIETAR Europa, and SIETAR France. Elmer guest lectures annually at JAMK University of Applied Sciences in Jyvaskyla, Finland on topics related to Strategic Diversity Management, Unconscious Bias, Intercultural Conflict, Cross Cultural Competence and Team Development  and has taught regularly at Espeme, an undergraduate program of the Edhec Business School in Lille and Nice France.