TABUNKA TRAINING VALUES

I embody the following values and love to work with others who share these values as well.

COLLABORATION RULES

Share power, share leadership, seek consensus and solidarity.

HUMILITY & GRACE

We are not all-knowing or perfect beings. Feedback is necessary. Empathetic feedback is grace.

EMPATHY

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

INTEGRITY & OWNERSHIP

We are each responsible for our own learning and the impact of our actions.

 
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MARIKO GILMAN

Founder
(She/Her/Hers)
Email: Mariko.Gilman@tabunkatraining.com

  • Inclusive facilitator, skilled at listening and guiding complex dialogues on topics ranging from race and systems of oppression to team dynamics and intercultural communication.

  • Ten years experience working with multi-racial, multigenerational and multicultural groups.

  • Detail oriented, efficient and organized approach to my work. Relational, empathetic, and collaborative approach to the people I work with. 

  • Enneagram 9, INFJ, Strengths: Connectedness, Empathy, Individualization, Input, Relator

I founded Tabunka Training with the goal of strengthening complex teams because I envision a world where people work together to overcome seemingly intractable problems. The name "Tabunka Training" pays homage to my own mixed Japanese Anglo-Canadian heritage and refers to the concept of "tabunka kyosei," a phrase broadly understood as "multiculturalism" in Japanese. Or in other words, "many cultures living together". I believe that working together is the only way we can solve global and systemic injustices. As a good friend said, "The individual can be isolated and destroyed, but there is power in a group." (credit to Kafi Carrasco for teaching me that).  Because of the combination of my education, my professional work, and my lived experience as mixed race immigrant, I bring a nuanced, both/and lens to all I do.

I have held a lot of jobs, but in each of them I have found myself doing similar things, which include: 

- experiential learning and training program design

- building systems and processes that work

- collaboratively leading multiple and concurrent projects from ideation to completion 

- paying attention to a lot of details, timelines, priorities and stakeholder needs

- effectively building an environment of high trust and integrity

- finding common ground with people who don't share a lot of my own identities

And if you're wondering, I have a BA in History from the University of British Columbia and a MA in International Education from the SIT Graduate Institute. I've worked for international nonprofits and in the educational sector for most of my career. I dislike social media and going to events where I don't know anyone. I love my family, traveling, the beach and mystery novels. 

Photo Credit: Nate Meeds

 

PAST PROJECTS & CLIENTS

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DEI project management, group training and facilitation, leadership consultancy operations.

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Team building workshops on cross cultural communication, influence and team dynamics and reducing bias in School of Dental Hygiene admissions processes and practices.

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Unconscious bias and history of race in the US training, dialogue around race, giving and receiving feedback and diversity and inclusion facilitation and training.

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Vocational discipleship and career services consulting including internship and service learning curriculum and program design, meeting facilitation, and mixed-race identity class instruction.

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Board meeting facilitation, mixed-race identity development dialogue and training, women's retreat event planning and facilitation.