With great power comes great responsibility. Bloom is honored to offer DEI and Workplace Wellness Coaching to socially conscious congressional teams.

This year the entire world was forced to reckon with the ways that racism and unconscious bias emerge in our everyday lives, policies, and institutions after the murder of George Floyd and countless others. We saw race and class based violence not just through police brutality, but through a powerful global pandemic that rocked our already fragile healthcare system. African Americans and Latinos were disproportionately harmed by COVID-19 as they were more likely to be affected by poverty and have limited access to health insurance (CDC, 2020).

Congressional teams are uniquely positioned to inform and create anti-racist and anti-bias policies and create genuine and culturally responsive relationships with constituents, colleagues, stakeholders, and policymakers. We are here to help!

In 2009, Dr. Stephanie Akoumany (then Ms. Stephanie Stevenson) interned in the U.S. House of Representatives with Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-11 CA) and introduced President Barack Obama at a televised White House press conference advocating for increased Pell Grants for college students from low to middle socio-economic statuses. 

Mission: Learn. Heal. Play. Connect. Evolve.

Dr. Stephanie Akoumany, an American Cultural Studies and interpersonal relationships expert, helps diverse and intergenerational congressional teams cultivate culturally responsive, empathetic, and empowering worldviews and habits. Leaders will gain valuable personal and professional development skills that will help them create equitable policies, programs, and systems that will change their states, the nation, and the world!

Programming: Self-Discovery. Deep Connection. Mindfulness. Movement.

Congressional teams will participate in one engaging 90 minute online workshop (60 min discussion based workshop & 30 min yoga and mindfulness session) a month for five months and an optional 60 min yoga class once a month. The primary 90 min online workshop will include open discussions, individual visualization sessions, journaling, group brainstorming, activities, games, story exchange, yoga (asanas & meditation). Participants will build new neural connections, mindsets, habits, and relationships to evolve into their best personal and professional selves.

Workshop Topics To Explore:

-Culture, The Brain, Bias, & Policy: How Cultural Narratives Inform Emotions, The Brain, The Body, Habits, Biases, Individual and Structural Racism, and Policy

-Personal & Institutional Anti-Bias SWOT Analysis: How to Assess Institutional & Personal Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, & Threats to Creating a Diverse, Equitable, Inclusive, and Anti-Racist Office Culture

-Aligning Your Skills & Purpose For Social Justice: How to Set Intentions, Enter Into Flow States, Find Balance, Achieve Optimal Performance, & Make Self-Care and Community Care Sustainable

-Building Diverse, Culturally Responsive and Emotionally Intelligent Dream Teams: How to Make Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion A Priority When Hiring and Building Genuine Connections & Learning Partnerships With Colleagues, Constituents, Stakeholders, Policymakers, and Leaders

-Being an Ally Doesn’t Mean Having All of the Answers: BIPOC and White Ally staffers are needed to shape anti-racist & anti-bias policies. Dr. Akoumany helps staffers explore which groups may be affected or ignored by policies, practices, and decisions and what changes can be made to these policies to promote social justice and positively influence public health and wellbeing. Staffers will discuss culturally responsive and intersectional ways to address topics that constituents, colleagues, stakeholders, and policy makers care about the most such as: agriculture, civil rights and civil liberties, consumer protection, education and job training, environment, etc.

“ WE OVERLOOK OURSELVES IN THE EQUATION SO MUCH. WE PUT IT ON SOCIETY, OR SCHOOLS, OR AGENCIES TO FIX RACISM OR INEQUITY, BUT IT STARTS WITH US.”

- Dr. Stephanie Akoumany

Call To Action

Now is the time to be the change we want to see. We can make diversity, equity, and inclusion a priority. In order to help constituents we must rediscover who we are, who we want to be, and redefine our missions while working on the Hill.

When policymakers invest in their staff’s socioemotional and physical wellbeing their team can continue making positive social change, manage and alleviate their own stress, and perform at their most optimal and most empathetic levels in all areas of their lives.

As we look to our past, we must also analyze our present, and take massive action to create a future that serves and respects us all! As we actualize our dreams together, we evolve together, and push humanity forward. Let’s Bloom!

Bio

Dr. Stephanie Akoumany is the Founder and CEO of Bloom, a leadership, wellness, and community-building media and education company. She is an optimal performance consultant and the host of the Blooming is A Habit podcast. Dr. Akoumany is a speaker, researcher, educator, world schooling mom, marathoner, and yogi in training, who helps schools, businesses, nonprofits, universities, and government offices, and institutions cultivate cultures that embrace diversity, equity, inclusion, resilience, and holistic wellness. You can find her extended bio here .

We look forward to connecting!

Email: stephanie.akoumany@justbloom.io

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