Afro-indigenous Entrepreneurship & Leadership
RRI facilitates programs and initiatives designed to serve afro-indigenous leaders whose professional and social achievements enrich their communities.
For afro-indigenous leaders it is important to understand how our own lived experiences often subconsciously inform thoughts, feelings, actions, and reactions. We work with leaders to enhance their performance and maximize their impact by challenging self-limiting beliefs and developing new practices for health mind, body, and spirit.
LEADERSHIP RETREATS AND TRAINING
RRI hosts healing retreats and training specifically for afro-indigenous leaders. We offer programs in the form of ‘intimate spaces' with groups of 10-15 or retreats for up to 150+. Through these retreats and training programs, participants are able to:
Connect with afro-indigenous healing practices for stress relief, self care, mindfulness, and relaxation
Process trauma they may be holding from microaggressions, stress, and burdens that they experience in the workplace
Receive training for managing the complex energy and interpersonal dynamics that arise when leading change management specific to diversity, equity, and inclusion work
RRI has certified a core group of 20 leaders, educators, facilitators, and healers in Shadow Work, and use this framework as a critical tool for understanding oneself and those around us. We support leaders in using these tools to understand the triggers that come up as entrepreneurs and leaders, so we can uncover pathways to our own growth and ability to advance transformational change. In particular, Shadow Work helps us identify the wounds that we and those around us hold (i.e., how a person has been hurt by being shamed, criticized, abandoned, and so on), and the shadows we develop (i.e., strategies a person chooses, often subconsciously, to adapt to that wound). Most of us, regardless of our race, have experienced shame, criticism, abandonment, or guilt as we try to navigate our personal and professional lives while being agents of positive change. These negative experiences create “risk management” behaviors, or ways to avoid leadership or big ideas, in order to avoid experiencing that same pain again.