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Help us cultivate a community of leaders that finally centers queer and trans BIPOC people, while working to up-end white supremacy.
We support our clients with professional development including mediation, strategic planning, diversity recruitment, and more.
Our consultants are skilled moderators of and contributors to panels focusing on a wide range of topics for groups of any size.
We will work with you or your group to provide professional coaching related to social justice and leadership development.
Who We Are
Sage: wise, judicious, or prudent.
Maven: an expert or connoisseur.
With our 30 years combined experience working in organizations with social justice oriented missions, we are uniquely situated to help businesses andorganizations find their way from their current professional landscape to a more equitable environment.
“Strategy Design Partners has partnered with Sage & Maven on several projects and are delighted with the seamless way our teams have learned to work together for the benefit of our clients. Ryan and Phyllis bring a wealth of professional and lived experience in social justice and equity and inclusion issues. They are experts at engaging with clients in ways that are both powerful and flexible to the clients needs. Phyllis’ experience as an Executive Director ensures that the work is not only aspirational, but actionable and pragmatic. We look forward to many more shared engagements.”
— Ann Zoller
Senior Advisor, Strategy Design Partners
“Sage and Maven were so generous with their time and involvement with our organization. As we grappled with the complexities of a real commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, their approach to facilitating change was grounded in an awareness of context, scale and sustainability. The process was truly helpful to me personally as a leader and to the organization.”
— David Shimotakahara
Founder, Executive Artistic Director, GroundWorks DanceTheater
"We contracted with Sage & Maven to provide DEI training to a cohort of career coaches from the region through CoachU. Their thoughtful, powerful training helped bring to life DEI in career coaching and in the workforce development system. We are looking forward to every cohort of coaches experiencing Sage & Maven’s work to not only become better professionals, but better people.”
— Bryan Wortmann
CoachU Director, Lead Facilitator, MAGNET
“Studio West 117 has been working with Sage & Maven since 2021 to ensure our company is focusing on the most meaningful and impactful DEI foundational elements. Together, Ryan and Phyllis are lending us their expertise in organizational development from a queer perspective to define best practices and form a roadmap to success. As a young organization these elements are the cornerstone of our commitment to our employees and the broader community and Sage & Maven has been an important component of our continued growth and success.”
— Betsy Figgie & Daniel Budish
Co-Founders & Co-Developers, Studio West 117