© 2019 by Diverse Perspectives Consulting.

Reference available from Nike's Valiant Labs


Who We Are

Diverse Perspectives Consulting, LLC is led by Ilana Redstone. She is an Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has a joint Ph.D. in Sociology and Demography from the University of Pennsylvania.

At Diverse Perspectives Consulting, LLC, we believe that we can improve the climate through open communication and mutual understanding. We provide a framework and lay the foundation for that to happen.

Ilana has recently completed a manuscript (with co-author John Villasenor, UCLA) on the specifics of how related communication challenges constrain the academic endeavor. She is excited to bring these ideas and skills to the world outside of academia.

Our Approach

Diverse Perspectives Consulting, LLC provides seminars, workshops, targeted problem-solving, and other specialized services designed to fit your needs. We work with employees at all levels. We also work with families, for whom similar communication challenges can arise.

Our focus is on improving communication across differences in perspectives and worldviews. Using a unique approach, we work with you to create the workplace climate you're looking for. Our approach has direct relevance for innovation and for workplace cohesion.

From Prior Participants

Nike's Valiant Labs

"She provided a ton of great examples of how you can bridge the gap between conflict and resolution through effective communication. One thing she said that resonated with me the most went something like this... "even if someone disagrees with you, it doesn't mean they hate you, or don't respect, or your ideas are stupid. It simply means they have a difference in opinion." She went on to assert that if people didn't have disagreements, change and improvement would never occur."

"I enjoyed that the group learned how to have thoughtful conversation and was pushed out of our comfort zones."

"[I learned t]hat intentions matter, and that both sides (speaker and listener) have a responsibility to ask about intentions rather than making assumptions."