Social Justice Team

Todd Porter

Todd PorterSince 1995, Todd Porter has been designing optimal energy management for commercial buildings throughout the United States.  His leadership roles in Performance Assurance, Quality, and Research & Development led to the discovery that the biggest challenge isn’t technical.  It's incorporating change in ways that outlive the immediate initiative and achieve long-term impact.  In other words:  How do humans move from "enlightenment" to improved patterns that last?

To explore the dynamics of change in human systems, Mr. Porter completed Case Western’s masters program in Positive Organization Development.  This practical curriculum integrates the science of human development with the practice of organizing humans to work together toward common goals. This expertise in human organizing - combined with the creative skills embedded in his bachelors in Electrical Engineering and masters in music - accords Todd a unique combination of expertise: relational, artistic, and technical.

Combining these areas over the past decade, Mr. Porter has led compassionate communication workshops based on Marshall Rosenberg’s Nonviolent Communication: a Language of Life.  His presentations have equipped professional, community, and faith-based groups that include large suburban school district leaders, university interview officers, movers and shakers within the Wild Goose Festival and other 501(c)(3) organizations, church staff and municipal leaders, and participants in a variety of regional and national conferences.

The conviction underlying all of Todd’s work is that empathic connection between human beings enables us to create the world we long for:  a world in which everyone has what they need.  His work with Charter for Compassion's Social Justice sector is a contribution to that goal.

Pattie Williams

Todd PorterPattie Williams is a community volunteer focusing on racial justice and equity. With over 10 years of experience working alongside other community members, Pattie’s focus is community cohesion. She is Charter for Compassion Social Justice Lead and was initiator and co=founder of Compassion Fayetteville, USA. She uses her positive attitude and ongoing commitment to social justice to encourage others to commit to developing personal awareness of past and present individual, institutional, and systemic racism and to moving into action to address racist policies. Pattie specializes in facilitating conversations, team planning and implementation as well as connecting individuals and initiatives. Pattie is inspired daily by her husband. She enjoys reading, watching basketball, travelling and being with friends and family including the recent addition of a second great grandchild.

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