About

Frame Shift Consulting specializes in DEI training and coaching that people love. We are the leading provider of ally skills training worldwide, which teaches practical ways to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion using their unique power and influence. Our DEI coaching and training is designed from the ground up for executives, leaders, managers, and other people who want to make the most of their power or privilege. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Microsoft, Airbnb, and Square, as well as startups, conferences, universities, law firms, and non-profits. Learn more about our work on our press page.

“Can we get more training like that?” —Anonymous workshop participant

To learn more about our training, speaking, or consulting, email us at contact@frameshiftconsulting.com.

Founder

A smiling middle-aged white woman with short bleached blonde hairPrincipal consultant and founder Valerie Aurora has been providing innovative DEI training and consulting for more than 10 years. Prior to founding Frame Shift, Valerie was a non-profit executive director and a software engineer. Her work has appeared in The Guardian, USA Today, and The New Yorker. She has spoken or served as keynote speaker at hundreds of conferences and events.

As the world’s leading ally skills trainer, Valerie has taught ally skills to more than 4000 people in 11 countries, and trained more than 350 people to facilitate the Ally Skills Workshop. She wrote the book on code of conduct response, in addition to co-authoring the most popular code of conduct and training dozens of organizations to respond to code of conduct reports.

Prior to founding Frame Shift, Valerie co-founded and led the Ada Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to supporting women in open source software, Wikipedia, and similar areas. Under her leadership, the Ada Initiative created the Ally Skills Workshop, a code of conduct in use by thousands of organizations today, and a worldwide series of conferences that set new standards of inclusivity and accessibility. Valerie’s contributions to the open source software community were recognized by the O’Reilly Open Source Award.

Valerie worked as a software engineer for over ten years, specializing in the Linux operating system, file systems and storage, and networking. She co-founded the Linux file systems and storage summit, served on the program committee for storage conferences, and published computer science research papers. She worked at Intel, IBM, Red Hat, and several other technology companies.

Clients

Our clients range from Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Microsoft, Airbnb, and Square to 10-person startups, as well as biotech companies, law firms, conferences, non-profits, and universities.

Google
Microsoft
Salesforce
Airbnb
Square
Stripe
Wikimedia
Cloudflare

Facilitators

We partner with several facilitators to provide the best fit of facilitator, topic, and client. Our current facilitators include:

A smiling middle-aged white woman with short bleached blonde hairValerie Aurora is Frame Shift’s founder and principal consultant. She has taught ally skills to more than 4000 people in 11 countries. She worked as a software engineer for more than a decade, specializing in operating systems, and co-founded and led the Ada Initiative, a non-profit supporting women in open technology and culture. She is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn more about Valerie here.


Black and white headshot of a smiling middle-aged Black man, wearing a beanie and leaning his head on one hand. It feels warm and friendlyKendall Howse is an award-winning designer, marketing strategist, and DEI leader. He advises executives on DEI strategy and communication, designs and facilitates DEI educational programs for leaders, and builds and serves on corporate DEI advisory boards. Kendall has been an activist and advocate for more than 25 years, focusing on practical anti-racism strategies. He is also an artist, writer, and musician who has lived, worked, or performed across the U.S. and around the world. Learn more about Kendall here.

Cynthia TeeCynthia Tee is a Senior Vice President of Engineering at Smartsheet. She was Executive Director of Ada Developers Academy, which teaches programming to women, trans, and non-binary people. She worked as a software engineer and product manager. She is located in the Seattle area. Learn more about Cynthia here.

Sheila AddisonDr. Sheila Addison is President of Margin to Center Consulting, and full-time faculty at Antioch University Seattle in the Couple and Family Therapy program. She has a PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy from Syracuse University and worked in private practice for several years before returning to full-time teaching. She is located in the Seattle area. Learn more about Sheila here.