Today we’d like to introduce you to Aisha DeBerry, Deketa Cobb and R. Jason Walker.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
ADJ Consulting, Aisha DeBerry, Deketa Cobb, and R. Jason Walker, started as three friends who had expertise in diversity development and training. We saw that there were so many organizations failing at correcting issues around bias, discrimination, and basic lack of communication. We know with training and assessment and just down-home relationship-building organizations can reach their greatest potential. It is imperative that our national culture see our similarities but appreciate our differences because the nation is becoming more diverse and it is imperative that we take a serious approach to diversity, for not only the sake of safety and understanding but to appreciate and enhance who we all are.
Has it been a smooth road?
Simply the word “Diversity” comes with obstacles and challenges. Mainly because we as people are not interested in change. It is human instinct to keep things the same, so when we ask people to take a self-evaluation, it can be uncomfortable. Folks have to be comfortable with being uncomfortable to “get to the other side.” That other side is a deeper understanding that can lead to better communication and work/personal relationships. The main challenge is having people see the worth in training on topics that are sensitive. There are people who just want to deal with the surface, so we find that some of our clients get nervous with bringing us in on the proactive side but seek us out when an incident has happened. However, we realize that small steps are still steps, so we keep moving forward knowing that change is happening.
ADJ Consulting – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
ADJ Consulting is a consulting group that creates strategic plans, provides training and assessments, and offer a “a la cart” menu for your company be it 5-500 employees/volunteers. We bring views from academia, law, and leadership development.
I am so proud of our company because we are young professionals who see the value in bringing knowledge to the masses around diversity. We are passionate about breaking up a homogenous workplace and know that businesses and organizations must reflect what our nation is and will be. We value treating each client with respect and professionalism while still providing a personal approach to your needs.
How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
We see ADJ Consulting in the next five years hosting Diversity conferences in addition to working with our personal business clients. Our roots are in education, so we share a passion for teaching. Conferences will allow us to reach and teach the masses and make it affordable for both individuals and groups to attend.
Our hope is that diversity will be just a part of our everyday language and not a term that makes people uncomfortable. It should be celebrated and it’s time to have the current and future cultures be reflected in organizations at all levels, entry to cabinet.
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