Accolades

It is with great pleasure that I am writing this letter of reference on behalf of J.W. Wiley, President, Xamining Diversity. As the Associate Director, Human Resources for Wyeth Research, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with J.W. in his role as a consultant on our corporate Diversity initiative. We have worked together for the past two years and I was able to observe his significant presentation, interpersonal, negotiation and project management skills. He has consistently been viewed as a subject matter expert, educator and consultant for Wyeth Research. J.W. has been able to take a concept of diversity that was embedded in our organization and demonstrate to us a need to become more open-minded and broadbased in the application of the ongoing process of inclusion and pluralism. What we received was an experience that he calls diversity enlightenment, but what I believe was a starting point on an adventure for our employees. The response by employees was refreshing. Over 92% of our employees admitted learning something from the program and an amazing 83% their views and perspective of the topic. I cannot give J.W. any stronger recommendation than to say that if I have an issue related to diversity, interpersonal conflict or interpersonal communications, he will be the first person that I would consider contacting for help.
--Kent Eldridge Associate Director, Human Resources, Wyeth Research, Chazy and Rouses Point, NY

The response from those who participated in both sessions was outstanding, and many members of our administration expressed a strong interest in inviting you back to present to those who were unable to attend! Of the many diversity initiative programs we have attempted to bring our student and faculty bodies at Norwich, this was, by far, the most successful!
--Nicole DiDomenico, Director of Volunteer Programs at Norwich University

Dr. J.W. Wiley is one of the most prolific scholars, educators, and consultants comprehensively addressing issues of diversity, inclusion and enlightenment. His lectures, workshops and seminars are engaging, interactive and informative. Most importantly, Dr. Wiley challenges his participants to develop skills/tools to take action. Lastly, if you bring him to your organization/institution, be prepared for inspiration, motivation and transformation.
--Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., Founder/Program Director, The White Privilege Conference

As a City Councilor for the City of Plattsburgh I’m quite aware of how essential it is for our city’s public servants to conduct themselves with respect and humanity for others, at all times; on and off the job. However, for most that social adeptness and understanding needs fostering and because our police officers, firefighters, and EMT’s, are often seen as and called on to be leaders and mentors in the communities in which they live and work, I felt it critical that they participate in at least one of the Diversity Enlightenment (D.E.) Sessions. I want to thank J.W. Wiley and his staff for giving our city employees the opportunity to have, what are frequently difficult and uncomfortable, conversations in a safe environment; often infused with humor and compassion. I know that his D.E. greatly impacted, for the better, those in attendance. Thank you.
--Amy Valentine, City Councilor, Plattsburgh, NY

We were fortunate to have JW Wiley speak the men\'s lacrosse team at Plattsburgh. It is exceedingly important to have frank and open conversations about the far-reaching effects the insenstive use of language by men can have. JW did a great job of engaging the team regarding language used in topics that are not particularly comfortable to speak about - race, homesexuality, gender. The level of our discussion was deep and revealing, and JW was insightful in his efforts to get these men to reflect on their own habits of speech. Thanks, JW. It was very valuable and rewarding, and I highly recommend this discussion for all teams. --P.J. Kavanagh, Head Men\'s Lacrosse Coach, Plattsburgh State University

Dr. Wiley is a dynamic, energetic, caring and very skillful leader and facilitator. Throughout this past decade he has been a catalyst for our students and our employees to re-examine beliefs, perceptions and behaviors related to how we view others - and how we treat one another - as human beings and as school community members. I’ve observed Dr. Wiley from time to time ‘in action’. He is among the very best of the many facilitators and speakers I’ve engaged with and learned from during my twenty-five years as a public school administrator. From my vantage point as a chief school officer, I’ve seen clear evidence of his good work and skillful facilitating within our school community – and in other school communities in this region. I’ve grown as a human being, as a public school educator and as an American as a result of listening to and engaging with Dr. Wiley on our campus. Dr. Wiley has my highest recommendation to any school organization, public agency, business or non-profit organization seeking a highly skilled facilitator & speaker to advance the work of that organization.
--A. Paul Scott, Superintendent of Schools

The Department of the Treasury celebrated Diversity Week during June 4-8, 2001. I want to thank you for your Diversity Enlightenment Session. 25 people were in attendance and actively participated. It was well received by those attending and was effective in making our employees aware of Diversity.
--Diane Brockway, Homeland Security

In addressing sensitive issues surrounding diversity and leadership, it is critical for an organization to partner with a consultant on these matters who holds the highest ethical standards. My experience with J.W. suggests that he is driven by a sincere desire to make the world a better place. I recommend J.W. Wiley to you as someone who will be a guide and guardian of your organization\'s mission, if you value a culture of diversity and leadership.
--Michelle Kavanaugh, Ed.D. Superintendent of Plattsburgh City School District

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your outstanding presentation at our Employee Opening Meeting in August 2006. What a way to open the fall semester! Employees are still referring to different segments of the presentation. You enlightened us on the power of words and how important it is to choose the appropriate ones. Awareness of how others may feel about the language we use was another important lesson in your presentation. A positive influence is always welcome and appreciated. I would highly recommend you and your presentation to any employer and will positively respond when any inquiries are made. We would be pleased to invite you again for another presentation.
--Donna Matkoski, Manager, Human Resources, Sodexho Campus Services, SUNY Plattsburgh

Thank you for promoting \'Diversity Enlightenment\' in the North Country and more specifically here at Beekmantown High School (BHS). Since the November sessions I have consistently noticed an increased awareness in students with whom I meet. I have found that this has resulted in counselor-student relationships steeped in greater understanding and one that is more likely to yield real growth. In recent times \'bullying\' has become more and more a concern here at Beekmantown. Promoting student awareness is critical to begin to address the issue and improve school climate. I would like to thank you again for your efforts and remarkable success in reaching our students as we at BHS work toward and environment that is more respectful of difference, kinder, and one in which our students feel more safe.
--Daniel Bobbett, Counselor at Beekmantown Central High School

It is a pleasure and a great honor to work with J.W. Wiley, Director of Diversity, Pluralism and Inclusion at the State University of New York - Plattsburgh. In my role as Media Lab Director at Mountain Lake PBS, we are collaborating on the "Dissed-Respect: The Impact of Bullying" project as part of the SAFE (Schools and Families for Excellence) Coalition in association with 21st Century Learning Centers. The objective of the project is to reduce the high risk behavior of bullying and increase the positive youth development of respect in elementary and middle school students in the Plattsburgh City School District. In his role as consultant on the project he provided his expertise on diversity issues, creativity and unending enthusiasm. J.W. Wiley is a unique individual who possesses many rare qualities. He is extremely intelligent and highly educated, yet is able to relate his knowledge in a personable way and compelling manner without being academic or stale. He is a bundle of energy and a dynamic communicator both verbally and in written form. His tireless work ethic and charismatic personality make the "Dissed-Respect" production both efficient and enjoyable. I look forward to collaborating with J.W. in the future.
-- Rich Allen, Media Lab Director, Mountain Lake PBS

As co-chair of the Pace University President’s Commission on Diversity, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your outstanding work with us during the retreats we held in November 2005 and March 2006. I admire your dedication, enthusiasm and sophistication working with such sensitive topics as diversity, inclusion and oppression. You helped facilitate discussions with our group that were both challenging and enlightening. Your sense of humor and overall personality makes one comfortable, yet you are still able to push an individual beyond their comfort zone and facilitate effectively through that process. I thank you for the work that you have done with our group, and the important work that you continue to do in the field.
--Shanelle Henry Robinson, Director, Office of Diversity Programs, Pace University

I just wanted to drop you a line and let you know how much our school appreciated your enlightenment session. One of my main goals, as the Principal at Peru Middle School, is to create a safe and healthy environment free of bullying and intolerance. Exposing our student body to this program helps us meet those expectations as well as meeting state standards for character education. It is my hope that we can continue to have programs of this nature with you and your staff. In the near future, I look forward to talking with you on how we can make an even greater impact on the students of Peru Middle School next year!
--Chris Mazzella, Principal at Peru Middle School

I would like to commend your group for a quality and thought provoking series of presentations. The landscape of our school has been changed. The power and clarity of your message has allowed the staff to engage our students in discussions of greater depth and meaning. I believe our school is becoming a location where differences are celebrated, thoughts are shared and kindness is a common place.
--Garth J. Frechette, Principal at Beekmantown High School

Thank you very much for a wonderful thought provoking workshop that you provided to our forty 8th grade students. I want to share with you a quote that a student wrote on their evaluation form: "It made me think about the way I live my life and how I want to change it."
--Heidi McLaughlin, Outreach Coordinator at VSAC

I have had the esteemed pleasure of engaging two of J.W. Wiley’s Diversity Enlightenment sessions. The first was when I was a Resident Assistant for Plattsburgh State’s Residence Life Program and it will always stick out in my mind as one of the more important moments of my academic career. His personal charisma engaged the audience while still pushing boundaries with introspective questions and insights into the power relations that sometimes unfortunately define our society. Issues of class, race, gender/sexuality, (dis)ability, and religious or national identity are covered in a respectful but probing manner that challenges the audience to question their own preconceived notions. The second occasion I engaged a Diversity Enlightenment session was in my capacity as Student Association President at Plattsburgh. I asked J.W. to come and talk to emergent student leaders about issues of diversity and community building, both of which are important components of leadership. Each and every time he conducts a Diversity Enlightenment Session, it is still thought provoking and fresh. I cannot stress enough how J.W. Wiley inspires people to analyze themselves and the world around them, to make them better students, leaders in their community or workplace, and most of all – better people.
-- Timothy Sarrantonio, Resident Assistant (2001-2003), Student Association President (2003)

Thank you for presenting your Enlightenment Session to our 6th, 7th, & 8th grade classes at Beekmantown Middle School. I was very impressed with the reaction from our students and faculty regarding the session. You really grabbed the student\'s attention and were able to reach them in a non threatening way. The students are starting to become more aware of diversity and embrace more than just differences in cultures. Teaching our students about diversity enables them to learn more about themselves. What you do is very needed and important in today\'s society. We would encourage all business, educational institutions, etc. to partake in the Enlightenment Session. One can only benefit by learning about themselves and others. Thank you for making a difference at Beekmantown Middle School.
--Christine Tedford, Counselor at Beekmantown Middle School

The presentation you gave to the students was exactly what they needed. I was impressed by your organization, style, wisdom, candor, and ability to engage your audience. After you left, the students continued to discuss issues you raised for an additional 1½ hours; a tribute to your effectiveness.
--Dr. Mike Morgan, Chair, Comm. Disorders and Sciences

I thought the Diversity Enlightenment session was outstanding! J.W. was engaging, knowledgeable, and able to present sensitive topics in a unique and interesting way. The feedback from faculty, staff, administrators, and students was very positive. We can\'t wait to have him back to do the presentation again!
--Karen Pelletier, Equal Opportunity Coordinator Co-Organizer for the NU Diversity Initiative

On behalf of Girl Scouts of the North Country, thank you for the opportunity you provided for our staff to talk to you about diversity. We left your presentation with a clarification of what diversity and acceptance truly means. We look forward to continued discussions with you and your staff.
--Renee L. Marking, PR Director, Girl Scouts of the North Country

J.W. Wiley is more than a valuable resource on this campus. After attending one of his films, or a diversity enlightenment session, it is clear that he can tackle the difficult subjects that he must address with grace and confidence.
--Adam Disque, President, PSU Student Association (2001)

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It is with great pleasure that I am writing this letter of reference on behalf of J.W. Wiley, President, Xamining Diversity. As the Associate Director, Human Resources for Wyeth Research, I have had the distinct pleasure of working with J.W. in his role as a consultant on our corporate Diversity initiative. We have worked together for the past two years and I was able to observe his significant presentation, interpersonal, negotiation and project management skills. He has consistently been viewed as a subject matter expert, educator and consultant for Wyeth Research.