Michelle Marks-Osborne is a culture and justice consultant as well as a transformational leader dedicated to advancing equity, belonging, and Jjstice, with primary services offered to C-Suite executives, corporate boards, and services for executives and organizational leaders. Michelle is a well-regarded thought leader, coach, trainer, and public speaker with experience working in all areas of the equity space. She focuses on race, culture, identity, and gender. Her "wheelhouse" is anti-racism, anti-misogynoirism, and anti-oppression.
She is the creator of The DISRUPTION Method™ and The DISRUPTION Method™ for Church Leaders. She is an expert at the importance of moving beyond diversity and inclusion, cultivating equitable spaces, and invites you to move with her. Her extensive experience employs realistic and implementable solutions that yield longstanding results.
Michelle primarily provides training and coaching services, with additional services available upon request. Michelle is available to work with you and your organization on issues including microaggressions, cultural competency, cultural appropriation, and more via the following vehicles:
As a dedicated ordained minister, she fearlessly addresses justice issues within religious settings in a manner that challenges and charges leadership and laity to realign itself with Christianity's most heartfelt message. She champions equity within religious spaces, especially Christianity, with a special focus on empowering and validating the experiences of Black women.
With more than twenty years of experience, Michelle is known as an innovator with exceptional critical thinking ability, interpersonal and communication skills, as well as a proven ability to handle sensitive interactions with insight, tact, and diplomacy. Michelle received a B.A. in General Studies from Hampton University and M.A. in Liberal Studies from UNC – Wilmington. She is currently pursuing a Master of Divinity degree from Shaw University Divinity School.
THE MARKS-OSBORNE GROUP LLC is a Black woman-owned consulting firm. With nationally utilized training, lectures, and workshops, The Marks-Osborne Group helps corporate boards, executive and senior leadership, and organizations promote healthy, safe, productive environments. Individual leadership coaching opportunities are also available.
The Call for INCLUSION and BELONGING
Current research shows that the most effective businesses and corporations are those that are intentionally inclusive. Intentional inclusivity goes beyond diversity (the numbers) and even the general understanding of what inclusivity looks like within an organization. Inclusion means that all voices are heard, valued, have agency, and an active role in the decision-making process. Inclusion means executive and senior leadership reflects racial, cultural, gender diversity and more. Within efforts to be inclusive, there must be fairness and impartiality. When businesses are inclusive, it allows for a richness of thought as well as decreases mistrust and misunderstanding among groups. These conversations are powerful and encourage objective decision-making by an organization's leaders and agency for those who may feel as though they do not have a voice.
We understand the intricate framework of inequity and the damage it creates, often feeling lost as to the next steps in achieving equity and inclusion. The consequences of personal and collective disparities in communal spaces reverberate throughout our systems and institutions, from corporations to religious spaces to the educational system to healthcare and more. These inequities are manifested daily whether in pay equity, underfunded public schools, or criminal justice.
The Marks-Osborne Group helps executives and organizations go beyond diversity and inclusion, leveraging our model, which drives the creation of a sustainable and equitable environment and maximum productivity
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, a DISRUPTION is "a break or interruption in the normal course or continuation of some activity, process, etc." Within this unique coaching method, we work together to combat systemic negative behaviors that adversely impact individuals and organizations, large and small. These problematic - and, often, unprohibited behaviors lead to:
Our method is innovative and introspective, leveraging one's idea of justice as its springboard. The DISRUPTION Method™ is the key to resetting and realigning, becoming an active participant in creating an inclusive and equitable culture.
The DISRUPTION Method™ can be crafted to meet individual, leadership, and organizational needs. Customized solutions are available.