Being an LGBTQIA+ human in the dog training industry isn't easy......

But you are not alone. :)

This is an open discussion to help us examine emotional issues (such as safety, client relations, being seen in the industry, and empowering LGBTQIA+ voices), as well as celebrate our existence and build community with each other.

The theme of this session is Reflect and Connect! For our meeting, please bring any tools and technology that feel supportive in your reflection process. Once we have settled into the space and done group introductions, Diane will provide some reflection prompts for 15 minutes of silent/muted reflection time; you are welcome to write, think, meditate, draw, sing–anything that feels authentic to how you reflect!

Spaces are limited so please contact [email protected] if you would like to attend.

This meeting is open to all Diamond Members that identify as members of the LGBTQIA+ Community.

We will hold space to help members of the straight community discover ways to become better allies/accomplices in other future events.

  • Suitable for anyone who would identifies as a member of the LGBTQIA+ Community, and would like a safe space to share their truth.

  • The theme for this session is Reflect and Connect! Bring your favorite reflection tools and comfort items to create a cozy environment to reflect in community.

  • In order to create a safe space, participation in this session will be by request only and it won't be recorded.

  • Spaces are limited so if you are a Diamond and would like to join, please email Diane, [email protected] and reserve your place.

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Live courses, recordings, ebooks, even classes with other instructors.

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Podcast Producer and DEI Consultant

Diane Redding

Diane Redding (they/them) is the Podcast Producer of The Lesson is Love and the DEI Consultant for the Grisha Stewart Academy.

They are a biracial Black and white, queer, nonbinary, and neurodivergent human who loves reading, being outside and spending time with animals.

As someone who grew up with and around many dogs, Diane is eager and excited to explore ways we can be compassionate companions to our dogs and to all beings.

Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Author

Grisha Stewart MA, CPDT-KA, KPACTP

I'm a collaborative dog trainer, author, podcaster, international presenter, and keynote speaker based in Oregon, USA. My passion projects are grief tending, community singing, and woodturning. I enjoy developing empowering approaches to help dogs and people live in harmony.

I'm fascinated by animal behavior, somatic awareness, and psychology. I'm passionate about wholehearted living for all beings, including dogs with a history of aggression, frustration, or fear as well as puppies and my other favorite species: humans.

My Behavior Adjustment Training technique (BAT 2.0 book and the new BAT 3.0) is used worldwide to help dogs gain confidence and social skills. A conservative calculation is that well over 200,000 people have learned about BAT so far.

I have always loved teaching. I earned a Master's in mathematics and taught college courses, but I found my true calling in dog training. I have been teaching dog training and behavior since 2003. In 2010, I started traveling worldwide to teach dog trainers about BAT. In 2014 I developed BAT 2.0 and also started this online dog training and behavior school, the Grisha Stewart Academy which now has over 140 classes from my favorite emotionally intelligent dog and human behavior experts. I also co-host a podcast at The Lesson is Love.

As an outgoing introvert, I enjoy teaching at cooperative conferences and am so grateful to be able to offer classes about dogs online. I refresh my batteries by singing, expressing grief in community, and savoring life in the woods with my husband (Tom), Labrador (Joey), cat (Garbanzo aka "Adventure Kitty" and "Baby Panther"), and Little Brown Dog (Zuki).