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Applegate Consulting Group is an organization development (OD) practice that assists national and international nonprofit organizations, government agencies and socially responsible for-profit corporations with developing human and organizational capacity and building a more just and equitable society.


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Beth Applegate contributed to a recently published book
on cultural competency

Author: Patricia St Onge
Beth Applegate, Vicki Asakura, Monika K. Moss, Brigette Rouson, Alfredo Vergara-Lobo

Publication Date:
July 15, 2009
 ISBN: 978-0-940069-68-8
Publisher: Fieldstone Alliance
Pages: 272
Price: $29.95

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There is no such thing as a “how-to” manual on cultural competency. It’s an ongoing journey organizations choose to take because they know the end-result is a more inclusive, connected, and effective organization. This forthcoming book by the Alliance for Nonprofit Management collects the voices of many nonprofit leaders and capacity builders to help nonprofit organizations begin to understand the complexity within diverse communities.

Through a range of methods—literature review, personal interviews, peer dialogue, insights of contributing authors—readers get a mosaic of perspectives that surround cultural competency. Plus, the book presents the insights of authors who represent five major ethnic communities in the United States: Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, African American, White, and Latino. [Read Press Release]


Indiana University - Bloomington

In the Spring of 2016, Beth will return to Indiana University to teach a graduate course on Building Cross-Cultural Capacity for Multi-Sectoral Leadership, through the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA). We live in an ever complex and interconnected global environment. In our multi-sectoral and multi-cultural society, one of the cornerstones of effective leadership is the capacity to engage differences creatively and support the flourishing of followers. To truly understand cultural differences requires a willingness to move across a line, or boundary, which defines that difference. The starting point is increasing understanding of one’s own dimensions of difference, often a difficult and disorientating task as we rarely notice “the water in which we swim.”  Learners will examine their own histories and how these inform the lenses through which they approach cultural differences.  They will be exposed to a variety of conceptual models and practical communication skills, which will allow them to make meaning of and engage effectively across differences. Through review and discussion of articles of authorities in the field, they will gain a deeper understanding of the complexity of the diversity issues in the United States.



Trinity Wall Street Episcopal Parish

Applegate Consulting Group was chosen to assemble a team of experienced racial educators and consultants to co-design key facilitative and capacity building aspects of the 45th annual Trinity Institute conference – Listen for a Change – Sacred Conversations for Racial Justice. Trinity Institute conferences present emerging and inclusive theological and social perspectives and engage participants in inquiry, dialogue and reflection. Participants from all faith perspectives are welcomed. Applegate Consulting Group developed the arc of three small group conference breakout sessions. Conference participants will start with how they relate to the issues presented, then consider how the issues affect their communities and institutions, and finally to ask what action is or can be taken as a response.  The goal is for conference participants to reflect on and respond to the insights of the speakers, and to personally connect to the conversation from a place of openness. The facilitators will support participants share through a Polarity Thinking lens to move toward a sense of possibility and calling. Polarities such as Mercy and Justice; Intent and Impact; and Honoring Personal Boundaries and Willingness to be Vulnerable are embedded in the historical and social construction of racism. We hope to ignite a duty to respond. Applegate Consulting group will also co-develop and produce a video that will be used in connection with the institute and shared with partner sites and other parishes across the country. Finally, Applegate Consulting Group will develop the training curriculum and provide on-site training to volunteer small-group facilitators who will create brave spaces for conference participants. 



Beth was invited to join the SEIU BOLD Center organization development consultant network. SEIU's the BOLD Center, a program of the Member Leadership and Action Department, builds on the foundation that the Institute for Change laid to build stronger locals and stronger leaders. The BOLD Center's mission is to increase the individual leadership and organizational capacity of our union to achieve our strategic goals--including the Member Leadership and Action goal of activating and engaging at least 200,000 SEIU members in aspects of the Fair Economy work. The BOLD Center programs focus on empowering Local Union executive boards, elected leaders and key staff to activate and engage SEIU members in aspects of the Fair Economy work.


US Army Corps of Engineers Stuttgart Germany

For the 5th consecutive year, Applegate Consulting Group was asked to renew a year-long contract with the US Army Corps of Engineers in Stuttgart Germany to assist with the facilitation of the German and US representatives for a Health Risk Assessment.


Showing Up For Racial Justice - SURJ

Applegate Consulting Group was selected to facilitate a day-long strategy session for the SURJ network. SURJ is a national network of groups and individuals organizing White people for racial justice. Through community organizing, mobilizing, and education, SURJ moves White people to act as part of a multi-racial majority for justice with passion and accountability. They work to connect people across the country while supporting and collaborating with local and national racial justice organizing efforts. SURJ provides a space to build relationships, skills and political analysis to act for change.