Say What You Mean: Nonviolent Communication in the Workplace

Event Details:
When: June 7, 2022 1:00 pm – June 7, 2022 2:30 pm
Location: Virtual

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – $65
VBSR Members – $45

Registration is open

Event hosted by: Vermont Businesses for Social Responsibility

About this Event


As a part of VBSR’s Justice, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Learning Community Series, join Kadijah Means for a virtual training “Say What You Mean: Nonviolent Communication in the Workplace,” which emphasizes the importance of empathy in workplace communication. This training is a great fit for any HR professional, manager, business leader, or member of a team who is looking to improve their communication skills.

Nonviolent Communication (NVC) is a tactic for conflict resolution and community building. In this workshop, attendees will learn Marshall Rosenberg’s groundbreaking framework for transforming conflict into connection. Utilizing NVC empowers us to recognize our unmet needs and advocate for ourselves.  NVC is foundational to any culturally competent workplace as it provides all employees with the tools for metacognition, empathy, and action-planning.

Through a combination of lecture, small group activities, and guided reflection, attendees will learn how to make observations without criticism, take inventory of their unmet needs, differentiate between feelings and non-feelings, and craft requests to minimize workplace harm.

Registration for this training is $45 for VBSR members and $65 for non-members. Details to join will be sent via email to all who register in advance of the event.

Questions? Please reach out to VBSR Education & Events Manager, Molly Barfuss, at

Meet Our Trainer

Kadijah Means


Kadijah Means (She/They)

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Strategist, Kadijah Means Strategy & Consulting

Kadijah Means is a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Strategist and serves on the Board of Directors for Nonviolent Communication Santa Cruz. She integrates the principles of nonviolent communication and harm-reduction into anti-oppression education. Kadijah has worked with organizations in the private and public sectors to facilitate conversations around gender, sexuality, race, and other topics of systemic oppression.

Through her work, she invites us, “Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and right-doing,” into a space the poet Rumi imagined could transform conflict into connection. By integrating introspection, empathy, and critical theory, Kadijah adopts a holistic approach to anti-oppression learning.

She is featured on various podcasts, most notably NPR’s This American Life, where she discussed racial identity development in children. For more information on fostering community, nonviolent communication, and anti-racism philosophy, read her chapter, “How To Address Racism In Schools,” in Teaching Resistance: Radicals, Revolutionaries, and Cultural Subversives in the Classroom (2019). Visit her website for other offerings.

SHRM Credit

VBSR is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities

This program is valid for 1.5 PDCs for the SHRM-CP®or SHRM-SCP®. For more information about certification or recertification, please visit

Thank you to our JEDI Learning Community Sponsors: