About

Frame Shift Consulting is the leading provider of the Ally Skills Workshop worldwide. Our clients include Fortune 500 companies such as Google, Airbnb, and Square, small startups, conferences, universities, law firms, and non-profits. Our extensive experience in the technology industry gives us unique insight into the challenges of training at tech companies. Learn more about our work on our press page.

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

Founder

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Valerie Aurora

Founder and principal consultant Valerie Aurora has been teaching ally skills since 2012. She 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 has also written and taught classes on online collaboration, meeting skills, and mentorship. Before founding Frame Shift, Valerie was a non-profit executive director, a software engineer, and an experienced speaker. She is located in the San Francisco Bay Area.

In 2010, Valerie co-founded and served as executive director of the Ada Initiative, a non-profit dedicated to supporting women in open source software, Wikipedia, and similar areas. In this role, she led the creation of the Ally Skills Workshop and began teaching it in 2012. Under her leadership, the Ada Initiative convinced thousands of conferences to adopt codes of conduct, and ran a worldwide series of conferences establishing new standards of inclusivity and accessibility. In 2013, Valerie was honored with the O’Reilly Open Source Award for her work.

Prior to that, Valerie worked as a software engineer for over ten years, specializing in the Linux operating system, file systems and storage, and networking. During this time, she worked for a variety of tech companies, from small hardware vendors to Fortune 500 companies, and published several computer science research papers.

Facilitators

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

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Valerie 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.


Kendall HowseKendall Howse is a senior designer and DEI leader at Red Hat, where he co-leads the Black employee resource group B.U.I.L.D., and was a founding member of the Diversity Council at CoreOS. He is a member of AIGA San Francisco, the professional association for designers, and Bay Area Black Designers. He is located in the San Francisco Bay Area. 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.