Dr. Mara Gottlieb is a scholar and social justice activist with over 20 years' experience in the training and consulting field, and over a decade as a university instructor at the graduate and undergraduate levels. She received her Masters and Ph.D. in Social Work from the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Her welcoming, funny, informed and engaging style encourages thought and dialogue on even the most widely-avoided topics. Mara is grateful and relieved to be have found a better use for her performance abilities than playing the rebellious daughter in "Fiddler on the Roof."
Talking Changes offers personally-tailored, dynamic, interactive and solution-focused trainings, seminars, and curricula on a wide variety of topics. Even on a specific topic, audiences have differing needs as to how the material is best conveyed for maximal retention and comprehension. The goal of every training is for participants to leave feeling empowered with greater knowledge and solutions, but the approach must be tailored to the individual group.
When co-workers and colleagues learn to work together well, there's no end to creative solutions. The knowledge of a group will forever be greater than that of any individual, and cognitive diversity - which can only exist within a culturally-diverse staff - produces a broader range of better ideas.
Talking Changes' primary mission is to create learning environments where participants feel comfortable enough to be themselves, and where that authenticity is seen and respected. This allows for honest, meaningful, creative communication, as well as for maximum growth potential: the less self-conscious we are, the more our minds are free to listen, learn, and innovate.
No matter the subject, the opportunity to be authentic improves participation, knowledge retention, creativity, and original thought. Every training is content-rich and informed by comprehensive topical knowledge, and participants walk away not only with new resources and solutions, but with greater morale and insight.
Training, Consulting and Curriculum Development
"Today's training was by far the most engaging, dynamic, and energizing experience I have had here - or at any conference over the past 15 years that I've been a social worker. Mara is a terrific presenter, and I appreciate how deeply she challenged us to think and look within ourselves. Thank you!"
"I loved this training and the transparency of the trainer. She was knowledgeable and presented the information in a way that encouraged sharing and understanding."
"[Mara] weaves in and out academics to individual...never expected this topic to be so energizing, reflective, & helpful for staff. Thank you."
Training sessions can be tailored to your specific needs and the time you have: from 90 minutes to a full day. Interactive trainings generally benefit from a group size no greater than 30 participants.
Seminars are more didactic and time-limited, and can be delivered to audiences of any size. Most seminars involve visual aides such as PowerPoint, video, or a combination of media.
A co-created curriculum is yours to keep. We can help you design your program and offer any needed guidance on content, materials and presentation style.