What People are saying
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 insensitive 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, homosexuality, 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.