Common Culture seeks to develop and support all leaders into equity-minded and DEIB-embracing people who actively practice the learnings they gain from our offerings within their institutions and the world.
At Common Culture
Common Culture combines Organizational Psychology, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging [DEIB], and Coaching from a Social Justice lens. We have combined 20+ years of experience in the private sector, non-profit organizations, and start-ups. We have a collective portfolio in podcast experience, social media engagement, and public speaking which undoubtedly gives you a captivating learning experience with multidimensional materials.
Humility & Imagination
We got here as a team because we imagine a better equitable workplace. This mentality is inspired by our research, practice, individual experiences, lessons learned, and the experiences of our historically excluded communities. We are here for our clients because many leaders before us have laid the foundation upon which we build. In their honor, we seek to be 1% better every day.
Curiosity & Courage
We are well-equipped to hold courageous conversations in a way that will tap into your curiosities. This approach helps us and our clients stay innovative and avoid static ways of approaching complex organizational and culturally nuanced challenges.
The 7 Generations
The Seventh Generation Principle is based on an ancient Haudenosaunee (Iroquois)* philosophy that the decisions we make today should result in a sustainable world seven generations into the future.
When we execute our business, we take learnings from our history, to set the stage for our teachings and look ahead to develop materials and lessons that are impressionable and applicable within the systems we function in.
This framework allows us to call in multilayers of generations and experiences.
Meet the Team
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Yo! My name is Jonathan Dumas (the s is silent) and I am the founder and owner of CommonCulture Coaching & Consulting. I am passionate about leadership and equitable workplaces, so much so in fact that I became an Organizational Psychologist and Leadership Coach, specializing in organizational and team development. I freely let my creativity and charisma shine through my coaching, consulting, facilitations, and training because that's who I am! Over the last decade, I have coached and consulted leaders in higher education institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit organizations on creating sustainable and thriving cultures that encourage diversity, equity, inclusivity, and justice. It’s not all about work, I also love My plants - I have about 20+ plants and counting. A good drink - My go-to is a whiskey sour. Connecting with people - On my podcast, Highly Visible & A Little Misunderstood, where I have fun & insightful conversations about big topics in a real way with pretty cool people Laughing - Life is stressful enough so why not laugh and find something to smile about? Spending time with my family - Road trips and long walks that turn into mini adventures with my partner, Lindsay.
Hola comunidad, it's your girl, Katherine Castro she/her, and I'm the founder of Common Culture. I have arrived at Common Culture by serendipitous timing. I have 10+ years of experience in the private and public sectors in a collective and abundant amount of backgrounds ranging from your friendly barista to management and to where I want all of us to get to: I am an empathic, strategic, and efficient leader. I have over 1000 hours of coaching professionals from early career to senior level executives. My 3 pillars of purpose are 1. community building, 2. diversity equity inclusion belonging (DEIB), 3. and professional (empowerment) development. I'm known for evoking deeper thoughts, navigating you through feelings, and then honing on actionables to imprint your learnings into the system you function in. I'm Panamanian, an immigrant, Black, Latina, a mother and partner to an Indigenous and Italian person. My family gathered donations to help us during hard times when I was a child. I'm also able-bodied; I'm a citizen of the United States, and now I live in a city with plenty of food resources. Because of my ambiguous genotype and self-expression, I can pass in spaces others may not be able to. I say this to you because it means I bring in a multi-layered lens of privilege while holding intersectionality. In addition to my professional experiences, my personal path allows me to bring you with us during a challenging learning journey necessary to notice Common Culture's offering last beyond our time together-beyond the workshop. ☕ I can't wait to get to you with my cafécito nearby. Fun Facts: I'm a global speaker on career and empowerment. I get creative! I paint, do my nail art, play with Canva for fun, make holiday decorations, I'm a children's author of Oh, Pits, a book about acceptance (pending). I've practiced Pilates for eight years. My favorite thing to do with my 7 YO is building Legos; my 2 YO is cuddling, and with my partner, we enjoy a belly laugh. As a family, we love the beach and a walk in the woods.