Our Mission

Empower people to engage in courageous conversations, build community across differences, and change the narratives about who we are and how we can be.

Our Vision

Communities where people come together across differences to take care of each other.

What We Do

Our training experiences give individuals the skills and confidence to engage in effective and respectful conversations about tough topics. We teach people how to listen non-judgmentally, practice compassionate curiosity, and share from personal experience to find understanding across differences.

We provide Customized In-person and Virtual Training Experiences: We offer professional development that’s suited uniquely to your group’s unique needs, interests and experiences. (No rigid program structure or unnecessary jargon.)

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Meet LM

Laura Marie (LM) Davis is provides training to organizations across the US and Canada to improve communication among diverse teams and ultimately create stronger communities. She began her career as an AmeriCorps Member in rural Ohio, serving as a liaison to facilitate dialogue between local landowners, government officials, and conservation professionals. After managing community engagement and volunteer programs for several environmental organizations she joined the deep canvassing movement in 2019, breaking new ground as part of an innovative nationwide experiment to change voters' attitudes towards undocumented immigrants. She has since managed several multi-state deep canvassing projects and provides professional coaching for the Deep Canvass Institute. LM holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Case Western Reserve University and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University's Nicholas School of the Environment.

Testimonials

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Team culture and connectivity don't just happen: it requires honing, skills, and space, as well as grace for individuals to grow into the best versions of themselves. LM facilitated and nurtured this growth flawlessly.

Jen Oleniczak Brown

Education Direction, Renew U.S.

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LM has been a huge asset to the success of our community engagement programs thanks to their ability to listen deeply and respond to the unique needs of our team members. Any organization working with LM would be lucky!

Montana Burgess

Exec. Director, Neighbours United

Our Values

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Courage

Taking a leap of faith; Trying something new or different when you can’t know for sure whether it will “work.”

Connection

Finding common ground with one another - even if it’s just being human.

Creativity

Imagining new possibilities and bringing them to life - together!