Let the Cultivating Change Foundation help your company keep or achieve 100 on the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Corporate Equality Index (CEI)


Rating Workplaces on LGBT Equality

Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s 2018 Corporate Equality Index is the national benchmarking tool on corporate policies and practices pertinent to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer employees.

In the 2018 CEI report, 609 major businesses — spanning nearly every industry and geography — earned a top score of 100 percent and the distinction of “Best Places to Work for LGBTQ Equality.”


The Cultivating Change Foundation partners with Studio 5 - Learning and Development, LLC, to design, manage, and deliver all diversity and inclusion trainings. Studio 5 is a creative learning firm that specializes in people development.

The Foundation partners with organizations that share the same values when is comes to diversity and inclusion. Learn more about our Thought Partner Studio 5 and the work they are doing to positively impact the world.

Does your organization have a need for diversity and inclusion training?


Diversity & Inclusion - Starting the Conversation

The purpose of this module is to introduce the concepts of diversity and inclusion and to discuss how we can begin having productive conversations about these topics in the workplace.

This training was designed to address the following objectives:

  1. Define diversity and inclusion

  2. Discuss what diversity and inclusion looks like in participants’ life and work

  3. Discover tips for having a productive conversation about diversity and inclusion

Microaggressions - Webinar

Microaggressions are the everyday encounters of subtle discrimination that people of various marginalized groups experience throughout their lives.

This training was designed to address the following objectives:

  1. Define microaggressions

  2. Discuss how microaggressions impact us and others in the workplace

  3. Identify techniques to manage, minimize and eliminate microaggressions in our workplace

Opening Enrichment - Cultivating Change Summit

The purpose of this opening enrichment activity is to enroll participants into the overall Summit and lay the foundation for the open, honest, and needed diversity and inclusion conversations that will take place during the event.

The activity will explore the power of connection and how we can use it to create a movement. We will understand how to leverage our connections to create that movement is by telling our story.

Diversity & Inclusion - Top 25 Activity

The purpose of this activity is to provide a foundation for conversations around the topics of diversity and inclusion (D&I). This activity peels back the layers of what makes up and defines who we are, and then be able to connect who we are, to our belief systems, values, and perspectives. The activity works best in a more intimate setting of 6-10 team members.

** This activity would be incorporated into a D&I training.

Diversity & Inclusion - “The Way We Do Things” Jeopardy

The purpose of this activity is to understand how company and organization culture impacts who shows-up. Examining the three pillars organizational culture, learners will identity the culture of the organization, and explore what changes should be implemented to align with D&I goals.

** This activity would be incorporated into a D&I training and serves well as an interest approach to an organization/team strategic planning training.

Building Community Fostering Thought Partners

This training was designed to address the following objectives:

  1. Define community, and discuss the benefits of building community

  2. Define and discuss the power of thought partners

  3. Identify best practices for building and sustaining partnerships

2018 Research Poster Session Abstracts

These proceedings are the outcome of the 2018 Cultivating Change Foundation Annual Summit Research Poster Session that took place June 20-22 in Des Moines, Iowa. Each of these abstracts underwent a blind peer review in the winter of 2018 and lead authors were notified in the spring of 2018 regarding acceptance. This effort represents the first attempt by both of these organizations to provide a systematic and standardized opportunity for the review process as well as a formal documentation of the reviewed materials. Poster Abstracts are detailed in this publication.

The abstracts are presented alphabetically by the first author’s last name. The compliers wish to recognize and acknowledge the peer reviewers that provided their time and expertise for the review process as well as the many authors who contributed to this effort. We hope you enjoy these proceedings!

Dr. Katherine E. Soule, University of California Cooperative Extension