GPWhiting Jan 2013

Gwendolyn Poindexter Whiting

Gwendolyn Poindexter Whiting has been an independent training consultant for more than 20 years. She specializes in facilitation, mediation, diversity and cross cultural conflict resolution training, team building, change management and coaching. She is noted for her expertise in providing technical assistance and training to non-traditional leaders, empowering them to be more participatory in decision-making processes in their local communities.

For the past 12 years, Ms. Whiting has been training internationally. She has traveled broadly in the United States, Africa, South and Central America, Europe, Asia, former Soviet Union and the Middle East, including Iraq and Afghanistan. As a consultant to USAID, she manages and co-facilitates a ten-day technical certification course in its various missions around the world. In Indonesia, she co-designed and facilitated a two-day all staff retreat addressing Agency priorities and its impact on teamwork as a Mission.

Since the early 1990s, Ms. Whiting has trained extensively with diverse audiences addressing cross-cultural and conflict resolution issues. Her work with groups and communities focuses on people having an awareness of their own diversity and sensitive and valuing to the diversity of others. Recognizing the differences that exist when cultures come together to work on issues, helped to develop skills that moved to action based on points of common interest(s). Her approach promotes understanding and respect for all persons regardless of race, religion and all aspects of one’s cultural backgrounds. During this period she served 3 years as a Conciliation Specialist on the Church Burning Response Team with the Community Relations Service (Department of Justice. In Virginia, she was contracted with the cities of Lynchburg and Charlottesville, to launch citywide Dialogues on Race. Both programs engaged more than 700 citizens in a dialogue to action program that has continued over the past five years.

She has taught courses for organizations and educational institutions. Such topics include the Professional Woman, Critical Thinking, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership and Change.

Ms. Whiting has worked with other USG agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Patent and Trademark Office, and the Department of Commerce. She worked with Housing and Urban Development on its Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. In 1997, she was recognized by then Attorney General Janet Reno for her work on the Department of Justice’s Church Burning Response Team as a Conciliation Specialist with the Community Relations Service. She serves as Senior Consultant with Everyday Democracy in Hartford, Connecticut doing dialogue to action programs; and, the Pew Partnership for Civic Change on its LeadershipPlenty® curriculum, both with a focus on working with communities on large scale civic engagement work.

Ms. Whiting received her undergraduate degree in Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She received national fellowships to complete her master’s degree at VCU in Public Administration and to begin her doctoral studies with the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University. She is skilled in written communication and public speaking.