What We Do

Onward's professional consulting services include organizational strategy, executive coaching programs, learning opportunities, assessments, and tools to support partners in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We also operate an R&D lab, using human-centered design approaches to apply learnings from different sectors, design experiences, build exhibits, and innovate tools, all aimed at dismantling systems of oppression.

One United Endeavor

At Onward, imagination and iteration are core to both consulting and R&D. We practice and encourage design thinking, organized around four core concepts:

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  1. 01

    Empathy

    Connecting across differences requires empathy. Onward builds bridges through tools like storytelling, virtual reality, and proximity. By helping individuals stand in another’s shoes, we encourage greater self-reflection around bias and meaningful dialogue, sparking change.

  2. 02

    Awareness

    Stories are powerful. They allow us to see ourselves and our unconscious biases more clearly. We emphasize storytelling in our work to help our partners better understand who they are, how they relate to others, and how different identities inform diverse experiences.

  3. 03

    Tool Design

    From equity design cards to virtual reality, our toolkit is as innovative as it is effective, powered by insights and iterations from our R&D lab. We collaborate with our partners to develop tailored curricula and take-home, turnkey products.

  4. 04

    Capacity Building

    Practice and real world application are crucial to skill-based learning. We build our partners’ skills through assessments, goal-setting, context-specific professional learning experiences, and executive coaching, as well as truth and reconciliation work.

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Our two initiatives work to inform each other and lead to the design of powerful tools.

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Pushing Towards Growth

Consulting

Change is challenging work. We’re thoughtful about selecting partners who are ready and willing to engage. Together, we push beyond our comfort zones and embark on a uniquely tailored experience, designed to deepen our awareness and expand our capacity to build equitable workplaces.

Learning for Progress

Research & Development

Onward's R&D lab is a testing ground for innovative tools, protocols, and experiences we then share with consulting partners and communities working toward equity. Using the principles of human-centered design, we advance solutions that harness the creativity of innovation and design, the power of storytelling, and the vast reach of technology.

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“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.”

Frederick Douglass