Testimonials & Recommendations


Select Health

“I want to express my sincere appreciation to you for increasing awareness and understanding the importance of diversity.

In our current environment, where positions seemed to be getting more and more entrenched, the exercise you led helped break down walls. Our company is better for the education you brought to the leadership team. I highly recommend this program to any company looking to increase its acceptance of diverse individuals and tolerance of unique perspectives.”

Thomas Risse, Chief Financial Officer, Select Health


Salt Lake City School District

“It is my pleasure to write this letter of support of the work of Carla Kelley. Carla offers a compelling perspective on the importance of recognizing, experiencing and appreciating the diverse cultures, races, religions, life styles, family structures, etc. that make up our communities. The passion Carla has for her work is evident in the energy she puts into everything she does. Her energies and efforts in reinforcing the importance of our common humanity while underscoring the value of each person as a unique individual have been an invaluable contribution to our local communities.”

Jennifer Newell
Department of Educational Equity, SLC School District



The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy

“I am pleased to write this recommendation of Ms. Carla Kelley. Ms. Kelley has collaborated with The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy and The U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program for the past several years. She ha used her expertise to facilitate workshops to prepare participants to use the best practices they learned in the U. S. when they return to their home countries. Ms. Kelley’s work is important in furthering acceptance and tolerance in our growing multicultural society and her passion for this work is matched by none.”

Alison James-Gracia
Program Director, The Utah Council for Citizen Diplomacy


The Children’s Center

“While I have worked with a number of consultants over my 20 years as an Executive Director I can honestly sat that our work with Ms. Kelley has always been extremely well received and had a lasting impact on our staff. Her warmth, sensitive and profound for others is easily felt and experienced during her workshops and leaving the participants with a deeper understanding of themselves and others. I can assure you that under her watch will make a transformational change in the lives she touches.”

Douglas Goldsmith, Ph.D.
Executive Director, The Children’s Center


Weber State University

“Carla Kelley consulting has an amazing reputation for making difficult conversations possible.  I know this first hand because of a two-hour workshop led by Carla Kelley and Cory Thorell. These two facilitators actively engage an audience while educating and empowering them at the same time.  More than 50 campus and community members joined together to understand implicit bias and what we can do to transform ourselves.  The audience was dynamic and came from a variety of perspectives and experiences.  While this may have proved daunting for some, Carla and Cory actively navigated differing levels of understanding to cultivate a common ground from which work could begin.  Participants left inspired, encouraged and most importantly, willing to examine their own biases and address them accordingly.  to have this team back to continue their work in our community!"

Adrienne Gillespie Andrews, Ph.D.
Chief Diversity Officer, Weber State University


Carla with State Department sponsored visitors from Pakistan

Carla with State Department sponsored visitors from Pakistan