Founded by Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick, Co-Creating Inclusion brings together a dynamic and collaborative team of consultants with just the right combination of common ground and differing perspectives.
Alethea Cheng Fitzpatrick is a Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Consultant with a focus on leadership & team development, gender and race equity, workplace culture, and business integration.
Her mission is to help people, teams, and organizations create culture transformation through inclusion and belonging so we can all leverage our potential to do our best work while leading fulfilling lives.
As a consultant, Alethea loves to collaborate on articulating vision and strategy, but she is also an action-oriented implementer who knows how to integrate disparate and complex elements into an aligned approach that brings the vision to life.
As a skilled and experienced coach and facilitator, she can uncover obstacles and next steps that others have a harder time seeing, thus helping people and organizations get unstuck and create the results they want.
Alethea’s best work happens when she has the opportunity to impact all aspects of an organization through an integrated approach that combines strategy, assessment, facilitation, coaching, and implementation in order to execute on mission, vision, and ideas.
Throughout her career, she has demonstrated that she is adept at dealing with ambiguity while driving the work forward and enjoys the stimulation of pivoting among priorities, and collaborating with multiple thought-partners and strategic allies at all levels of an organization.
Alethea holds a Diversity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University, is an MBTI Certified Practitioner and an Advanced Certified Coach with the Gaia Project for Women’s Leadership where she also served as COO in 2018. Her clients include local non-profit organizations such as MDRC, NYIC, Brooklyn Children’s Museum, play:groundNYC, & Camp Fort Greene, as well as corporate and private clients in media, architecture, finance, healthcare, investment banking, research, and more.
Starting out her career in architecture, Alethea has a BArch from Pratt Institute and almost 20 years of experience managing workplace strategy and corporate headquarters projects for clients such as WarnerMedia, Warner Muisc Group, HBO, CNN, Nike, Sony, Nokia, MTV Networks, Disney Publishing, Media Planning Group, Bates Advertising, Day, Berry & Howard, Newmark Knight Frank, Aileron, & Alexander McQueen.
She was an Associate at STUDIOS Architecture, Senior Associate at Lee H. Skolnick Architecture + Design Partnership, and Associate and Senior Project Manager at Gensler.
Born and brought up in the UK, Alethea lives in Brooklyn with her husband and her 7 and 10 year old boys.
Malaika Aaron-Bishop is an experienced and thoughtful facilitator. She creates space for learning, while improving levels of engagement and connection between people on teams, both large and small.
Malaika's facilitation is informed by her adaptability, insight, keen observation, humor, and an openness for the idiosyncrasies of our shared humanity. While the objectives of her facilitation change with the needs of each organization, several factors are critical to every session she leads: a racial justice lens, an understanding of power and power differentials, and the ability to engage difficult conversations across lines of difference.
Malaika's skills are uniquely powerful in activist spaces, specifically those concerned with racial justice, energy justice, women’s health & reproductive rights, health justice, and criminal justice.
Outside of activist spaces, she also practices in partnership with DARE Consulting at the New York Department of Education.
She is committed to working with educators, change-makers, and advocates to build the knowledge, agency, capacity, and empathy that ultimately fuel the work of manifesting justice.
Hideko Akashi is the founder of Liberation Consulting. With over 20 years of experience in the educational sector, she has challenged individuals and institutions to think critically about issues of diversity, privilege, social justice, inclusion, and equity. Starting with her own self-reflective journey, Hideko draws upon her own experience acknowledging her membership in privileged groups as well as her multiple targeted identities to guide individuals into their own self-exploration. She believes in self and social transformation, and that institutions can also create positive shifts in organizational culture to help cultivate the environment of truly equitable and inclusive spaces.
Hideko is a skilled and professional facilitator with an extensive teaching background which allows her to create spaces that push participants to engage in a challenging learning process. She enjoys exploring topics around liberation, race/racism, privilege, gender/sexism, sexual orientation, intersectionality, socialization, internalization and systemic cycles of oppression. Beyond group facilitation and training workshops, Hideko engages institutions on strategic plans to make transformational and meaningful changes in their organizational culture. She credits much of her training and approach to her work as an independent consultant for VISIONS, Inc.
Hideko lives in San Francisco, California with her wife and two kids, ages 5 and 8.