Partner with The Darkest Horse™ to embody the change you wish to see in the world
We specialize in supporting our clients' internal employee culture, DEIA strategy, and infusing inclusive design into their products, services, and offerings
We bring tip-of-the-spear thought leadership to custom hands-on collaboration with your team
Even leaders can't do it on their own! 1:1 or team coaching support to develop authentic inclusive leadership competencies and champion a culture of inclusion in your organization.
Assessments, Surveys, Audits + Focus Groups
We leverage a suite of tools/modalities to help measure employee happiness, engagement, and job satisfaction. Identify and define core values and organizational culture through assessment process, and refine via focus groups and/or facilitated retreats.
Highly curated and inclusive events designed to engage your entire spectrum of stakeholders (employees, customers, investors, advisors and greater community)
Employee Experience + Engagement
Inclusion in the workplace is vital to employee experience and engagement for businesses that want to be profitable, robust, and innovative. We bring inclusive engagement surveys, assessments, and strategies to boost your employee experience.
Inclusive Career Pathing
We design inclusive pathways that includes the review of your current org chart, defining of new or existing roles, development of skills inventory and career path timelines/roadmaps and charting out training + development opportunities that will position your employees for success.
Define metrics, set targets, and design a long-term strategy to achieve diversity goals that align with and support your organizational objectives.
Inclusive Talent Strategy
Build an employee-centric, inclusive and integrated strategy that will position you for short and long-term success.
DEIA Recruiting Workshop(s) and Coaching
Establish a comprehensive strategic and tactical plan designed to help address talent acquisition, engagement, development and retention for your organization.
Dashboards, Metrics and Scorecards
We have extensive data science expertise to help you create a DEI analytics strategy and build an effective dashboard that assesses progress of DEI efforts and identifies what success looks like.
Selecting Inclusive Benefits
Employee benefits significantly impact decision making for job seekers and is key to building an employee-centric hiring experience. Benefits also play a significant role in talent acquisition and employee retention. We will advise you and your team in the identification, selection and implementation process of inclusive employee benefits designed for ALL.
Inclusive Design Sprints
Traditional design and research approaches fall short when seeking to create products and services that consider the full range of human diversity. Our Inclusive Design Sprint approach gives your team a structured design process to evolve their ways of working and practice inclusion in their work–whether on a practice project or on something they will ship to customers.
Our expert facilitators empower your teams with language, frameworks, and best practices for practicing inclusion.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, + Accessibility 101
An introductory workshop designed to help establish a foundational understanding of basic definitions of diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, cultural competency, social justice, and anti-racism. This workshop serves as a foundation to our training series.
Exposing the “Isms”: Overcoming Unconscious Bias and Microaggressions
Unconscious biases are assumptions we make and prejudices we have without even realizing it. These can lead to unintentional subtle and hard-to-name acts of inequity, which grow to become barriers of shared mission and vision (camaraderie), productivity, innovation or sustainable growth personally and professionally. Learn how to identify those biases and mitigate microaggressions in the workplace.
Power in Difference: Cultivating Cultural + Emotional Intelligence
According to research, emotional intelligence accounts for more career success than IQ. Leaders who have cultural intelligence (CQ) have a higher propensity to be perceived by their teammates as empowering or transformational rather than dictative or directive. To operate successfully, leaders need to adopt and display leadership styles that best match the cultural expectations of their staff. Learn about empowering leadership styles and their positive impact on the psychological wellbeing of teammates and organizations.
Navigating the "Dos and Don'ts" of allyship can be challenging, even for the most well-intending team members. In "Beyond Allyship," our inclusion experts will facilitate a candid conversation about the importance of allyship, how to create greater inclusion and equity through acts of allyship, and how to avoid traps of performative or counter-productive behaviors when striving for allyship. Learn new terms and frameworks, connect with your teammates, and get geared up for impactful action!
Anti-Racism + Allyship
Provide your team with a space for grounding and sharing of how public media, recent events, and the current racial climate is affecting them, build foundational competency around anti-racism and allyship, and identify ways to practice these skills on your team and in life.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, + Accessibility 102
Building on the 101 workshop, but customized with your organizational culture as an overlay. We’ll help you learn to frame and constructively define what diversity, equity, inclusion, accessibility, belonging, and anti-racism looks and feels like within your team or organization.
Having a hard time aligning your team on an inclusion approach? In this facilitated listening session your leadership team will collaboratively explore team and organizational ("ways of working") barriers to achieving inclusion and anti-racism goals. Our approach in facilitating this session draws from Systemic Constellations, The Circle Process, and other methodologies for Inclusive Communication.
Being Good at Change
Any cultural shift relies on an organization's ability to be growth-oriented and good at adapting. This training supports a foundation of organizational agility that will enable your team to adopt and integrate authentic inclusion behaviors and practices.
Culture + Values
Interactive, dual workshop sessions that empowers leadership teams to identify the current dominant cultural norms + values while leaving space to design an emergent, future-state strategy, roadmap and core competency framework.
Designing for Inclusion
Bring proven design methodologies and inclusion strategies to bear on your team’s products and offerings. This workshop leverages Human-Centered Design and Design Thinking strategies with integrated inclusion to create human-centered & data-driven decisions that build robust business models, products, & services. It is co-facilitated by a creative strategist with a background as a Fellow at IDEO’s research and design arm.
Avoiding Traps of White Supremacy
White supremacy values have been historically constructed into the social, political, and economic landscape around the world, seeping into professional norms and standards. This session helps participants identify traps of white supremacy and examine how we might shift ways of working to more equitable, diverse, and inclusive practice.
Trauma-Informed Products and Services
Trauma can range from an interpersonal to a sociopolitical experience. Oppression (and specifically racism) is an example of both. In order to engage people from a wide range of identities, it’s important to understand the role that trauma plays in engaging with challenging topics like identity and systems of inequity. This session provides an overview of trauma, its impact on individuals and groups, and the cultural importance of applying a trauma-informed framework in your work.
Culturally Relevant and Equitable Care
An introductory course designed for all healthcare professionals committed to integrating health equity principles into their work. We'll discuss the difference between health equity and health disparities, review social determinants of health (SDoH) and introduce you to innovative best practices for providing culturally relevant, safe, and equitable services and products to your patients and greater communities. Topics covered: Health Equity, Health Disparities, Social Determinants of Health (SDoH), Trauma-Informed Care, Cultural Awareness.
Developing in-house DEIA leadership
Leverage strategies with proven success to support and develop your in-house DEIA employee leadership
Our Train-the-Trainer model is designed to support clients who seek to bring inclusion training to their organizations on an ongoing basis. We will help you to leverage our powerful models, content, and facilitation techniques to deliver prepared TDH content and improve any and every workshop that you provide.
People Resource Groups / Diversity Council
Voluntary Resource Groups and Diversity Councils are powerful structures to develop cross-organization business partners to tackle real problems, design feasible solutions, and support implementation efforts. We can help you design a model that fits your unique business for sustainable success.
Employee Experience Strategy
Whether you have an existing strategy or haven't created one, we'll coach your team on how to develop a future-state, scalable employee experience strategy and action plan to guide implementation and beyond!
Facilitating Brave Spaces
Designed to prepare in-house individuals with diverse backgrounds to facilitate conversations about sensitive issues including identity, race, equity, and how they show up in your work and team. Give your facilitators the support they need to foster a sense of psychological safety in training sessions. We provide a mix of specific tactical actions that facilitators can take to build trust, tools and processes that can be leveraged to structure a conversation or session, and guiding principles to respond to the unexpected.
Be in community with DEIA leaders in other organizations to share best practices and resources. Our model combines peer knowledge sharing, DEIA skill building, leadership exploration, and special access to TDH experts, events, and resources.
Inclusive Talent Leadership
Augment your in-house talent philosophy with our DEIA expertise! We'll help you co-create an innovative, end-to-end approach that encompasses sourcing, interviewing, onboarding, training & development and long-term employee engagement strategies to ensure inclusion for all.
DEIA Program Launcher
Design and launch Corporate Social Responsibility, Supplier Diversity, Inclusive Sourcing, Community + Partnership Engagement, and other key strategic inclusion programs for your organization.
Inclusion in a Box
Inclusion in a Box (IIAB) is an experiential virtual platform that provides organizations with immediate access to curated, affordable, accessible, individualized, long-term inclusion roadmapping, resources, and an inclusive vendor marketplace, tailored to your unique needs.
Equitable Pricing Philosophy
The Darkest Horse offers our services on a wide sliding scale. Our sliding scale is an intentional effort to distribute resources equitably among organizations we work with, including schools, nonprofits, and community organizations, especially organizations that are majority-owned by leaders with intersecting marginalized identities. Paying at the higher end of the scale makes it possible for us to work with such organizations.
We ask that clients reach out, engage us, and commit to working with us at least 3 months before the required delivery of service(s). However, we acknowledge that some things require urgent attention and may need to be delivered earlier than the 3-month window. For those engagements, we charge an additional 30% fee. This allows us to be intentional and equitable with the allocation of our time, energy, and resources.