Our firm was founded in 2018 as an initiative to experiment with new DEI approaches in response to the challenge in the ecosystem of operationalizing DEI in and throughout the core work of organizations.
Founder of Moving Beyond, Aparna works at the intersection of DEI and organizational design. She currently leads the strategy and evaluation practice within the firm and supports fund managers, wealth advisors, impact-investors, philanthropists, and other social innovators creating a positive impact for people and the planet.
An award winning entrepreneurs, Aparna has launched a number of companies in the past decade. Her first in 2013, Project Feast, upskilled immigrant and refugee women in South King County to launch careers in the food industry. In 2015 she launched Firki, India’s first online teacher education platform supporting 1 million educators in its first year and in 2019 she launched Future for Us, a platform to advance women of color at work and grew a professional community of 11,000.
Her work has been featured in Forbes, Seattle Magazine, Business Insider, PSBJ, and Melinda Gates’s Evoke Magazine. She been a presenter on the intersection of diversity, equity, inclusion (DEI) with program design and evaluation at SXSW, The American Evaluation Association, SOCAP, Global Impact Investing Network, as well a number of Greater Seattle Area organizations, including Equal Pay Today, Equal Rights Advocates, WASBA, Legal Fund of Washington, Seattle University and more.
Aparna serves as an advisor to a number of startups, former faculty at the Washington State Bar Association, and is a regular contributor to publications focused on diversity and inclusion in workforce development. Having lived and worked in six countries, Aparna brings a diversity lens to all her work.
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Jessica Walker Beaumont
Jessica partners with clients to reach diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) goals in a manner that aligns with their strategic imperative and produces lasting organizational change. With deep experience in emergent and responsive approaches, Jessica increases organizational capacity to implement an org-wide DEI strategy and action plan that is adaptive and meets the complexity of the challenge.
With three decades of work in the social justice nonprofit sector, Jessica brings deep change agent experience to her consulting practice. Her facilitation techniques were developed through program management and planning at the grassroots, national, and international organizational level. This included leadership roles in four national coalitions with a successful Jubilee 2000 campaign that canceled national debt for least developed countries in Africa.
Jessica is an Art of Transformational Consulting alumni network member. With a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University and certified as a Professional CoActive Coach, Jessica combines an understanding of how large systems influence outcomes with a passionate belief that each person can move more powerfully into action towards racial justice. Her inclusion coaching approach partners with white leaders to help them go deep within themselves, reflect on their privilege, make conscious choices to become more inclusive, and take courageous actions to make their organizations more equitable.
Prior to joining the Moving Beyond team in Seattle, Jessica founded and managed a boutique consulting firm for a decade based in New York City. Prior to this, Jessica spent six years managing a national economic justice program with the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC), a Quaker-based global peace and social justice organization.