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Conversation that Matters

Training, facilitation and coaching for communication to support

 committed people delivering meaningful work

Creating a culture of trust and authenticity

Welcoming diverse ideas and perspectives through conscious inclusion

Collaborating across differences to find robust solutions that work for many

Enabling employees to live the values and fulfill the vision of your organization

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Cultivating generous & honest communication

We support leaders to communicate with courage and authenticity in a way that can be received and understood. With our support, leaders can create systems and practices to cultivate open communication within and between teams.

Generating & implementing breakthrough ideas

Need to foster genuine collaboration to find solutions that work for all stakeholders? Let us guide you with the skills and practices needed within your teams. We also facilitate dedicated ideation sessions or ongoing implementation meetings to efficiently execute solutions that work.

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Building relationships

of trust & alignment

To achieve your vision and meet your objectives, you need alignment and commitment within your organization.  To make the visions real, leaders learn how to engage authentically with employees and customers to build relationships of trust and alignment.

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Diversity & Inclusion

Understanding how power dynamics inhibit trust and reduce engagement can free up new levels of commitment to meaningful work. We explain how society has taught us unconscious bias and limiting behaviors. Using humor and examples, we help the learning flow. We consult about practices and processes to support systemic inclusion.

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 meaningful, open, honest communication

Expert Guidance to support you in difficult conversations and vital decisions. We can facilitate conversations, meetings, and retreats. With proven processes and objective observations, we enable important candid communication to broaden everyone's perspective. With greater understanding and shared purpose, your teams move forward to accomplish goals together.

Facilitation is generally provided for teams or small groups, sometimes for two people needing support to reach mutual understanding.
1 Facilitator and a few clients


to build capacity to achieve vision

Build Capacity within your organization to create the culture to achieve your vision. Experience interactive exercises to develop more effective communication and genuine inclusion. We customize programs for your goals and specific situations.

Training programs can reach many employees, even the entire organization to affect the culture and capacity. 
1 or 2  facilitators and many clients

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for lasting change & practical application of new skills

Become the leader these times need. Define and focus on your personal strengths and unique purpose. Get honest helpful feedback and direct support to be a more effective leader. We work with your particular opportunities and challenges to support your success.

Coaching is provided to individuals in a highly customized program which lasts for months.

 1 coach and 1 client ongoing coaching

COLLABORATING   across diverse perspectives to generate creative solutions

Discover new ideas and effectively implement projects by exploring different opinions, experience and priorities. Using the proven collaboration process Convergent Facilitation, commit to shared criteria and deliver solutions that meet the needs of all stakeholders and community members.

Collaboration consultation and facilitation is provided to a consistent group over time.
1-2 facilitators and a few clients

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About Leslie

Founded by Leslie Becknell Marx to support organizations to live into their values and missions, Conversation that Matters facilitates the deep conversations that ground you in your core values and allow you to soar to achieve your vision.

Leslie brings experience working for IBM, P&G, and Coca-Cola in Sales, Marketing, and Innovation combined with fifteen years of consulting and training leaders in for-profit and non-profit organizations. She supports varied organizations to pursue innovation, to communicate effectively, and to lead with integrity.

She has a Master of Arts in International Affairs (Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies) and Master of Divinity (Andover Newton Theological School). She brings a perspective to leadership grounded in ethics and caring for all people affected by an organization's decisions. 

Her core leadership training comes from years of study with the Center for Authentic Leadership and with Bay NVC (NonViolent Communication). Her formal training and extensive reading combine with her experience accompanying leaders to give her flexible and comprehensive ways to support leaders/

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I would love to talk with you about how we can work together!

Portland, Oregon


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