About Us

Iditarod

We help organizational leaders identify their “pain points,” what keeps them awake at night, what is preventing them from offering the best possible service, and we help them find answers… always looking through the lenses of culture and equity. We partner with each organization to create unique solutions to the challenges they face.

We offer a full array of services designed to connect organizations to the solutions that will work best for them.

The Figure 8 knot is a metaphor for one of our foundational principles: by creating connections with others, we are able to do together what we could not do alone.

Our vision: a world where all people are valued for who they are and where life’s possibilities are available to everyone.

Our mission: to advocate for equity and justice by promoting self -awareness, curiosity about other cultures, and empathy as the antidote to unconscious bias.

We believe:

  • Relationships are the foundation for cultural agility
  • We must be culturally humble
  • Our differences can help us be more creative and better at what we do.

Our Values:

  • Integrity: We will never compromise our ethical standards.
  • Equity: Our egalitarian beliefs are embedded in everything we do.
  • Commitment: Our commitment to our values and our agreements can be counted on. We walk our talk.

Individual Profiles:

  • April D. Lewis (BA, MS) is a co-owner of and trainer/consultant for Figure 8 Consulting LLC. April has more than 20 years’ experience in cultural competency, diversity, and intercultural organizational development.  Her dynamic and charismatic style engages audiences with her knowledge, skills, sense of humor, and her passion for combining fun with learning.
  • Carol D. French (BA, MA) is a co-owner and trainer/consultant for Figure 8 Consulting LLC.  Her background is in education, where she served as a counselor, teacher, and diversity trainer.  Carol has had decades of experience in curriculum development, and her interactive training style was developed and refined in classrooms and on ropes courses where she operated with humor, fun, and the philosophy that learning is best when it is experiential and involves the whole person.