About SunShower Learning
SunShower Learning is known for creativity, collaboration and expertise. SunShower is committed to crafting learning experiences that inspire and challenge people to be more curious about their own habits and behaviors. We give people tools to intentionally disrupt unconscious biases before they influence decisions and interactions with others.
What’s a sunshower, anyway?
Imagine rain falling at the same time as sun is shining brightly and no clouds to be seen. This magical paradox happens when rain drops are blown a long way into an area with no clouds. If you’re lucky, it is in this moment of contradiction where you can often find a rainbow.
A sunshower is a unique and inspiring event… As Joel says, “That’s what SunShower training is designed to be: a unique, engaging, inspiring experience that inspires curiosity and openness to fresh ideas and skills to bring about change in the world.”
SunShower addresses these topics (and more) in our eLearning courses, Trainer’s Toolbox materials and Live Webinars with experts:
- Microaggressions and Psychological Safety
- Unconscious Bias
- Culture of Belonging: What gets in the way?
- How to lead a multicultural team
- Are your Hiring Practices Inclusive?
- Inclusive leadership: What’s needed now
- Stereotypes: How to speak up
- Disability and accessibility
- Preparing for DEI resistance
Expertise • Quality • Experience
SunShower is recognized for:
- Subject matter expertise
- Highest quality film production – realistic scenarios with emotional impact
- Award-winning training courses
- Cutting-edge formats that meet today’s training needs
SunShower courses are in use by tens of thousands of corporations, schools, governments and other organizations.
Over the years, SunShower’s work has been recognized for its production quality, storytelling, instructional design and more:
- Brandon Hall Best DEI eLearning
- The Telly Award (dozens)
- The Communicator Award
- VEGA Digital Award
- Arcturus Award
- Videographer Davey Award
- Interactive Media Council BEST IN CLASS award
- Diversity Journal’s Innovations in Diversity Award
- Webby Awards
- US Business Insurance Awards for Excellence in DEI
What people are saying
“SunShower’s Unconscious Bias e-learning is the most engaging e-learning product I’ve seen. We are getting very positive feedback. It is the first time we’ve seen people making a point to tell us how good the training is. Stellar! ”
— K. Riley, Training Specialist,
Fortune 500 Company
“The Ouch Video is a great complement to our harassment training since many potential harassment situations involve those “not so obvious” stereotypical comments. As participants watched the video, we could see heads nodding in agreement that stereotypes still exist. Since rolling out the training, employees in all of our facilities across the U.S. are saying “ouch” to speak up against stereotypes.”
— Employee Relations Specialist,
Fortune 1000 company
“Inclusion in Action eLearning not only brings attention to inclusion as a necessary leadership skill, it teaches skills that everyone in an organization can learn and practice. Best of all, the vignettes are realistic and really grab your attention.”
— Gerry Fernandez, President and Founder, Multicultural Foodservice & Hospitality Alliance (MFHA)
“Joel Lesko and SunShower Learning have produced the gold standard of anti-bias training that will have a lasting and beneficial impact in business, industry and education. If equity, diversity and inclusion are important goals for your organization, community and the nation, then this interactive training video will teach employers and employees concrete skills to confront and disarm microaggressions (bias and bigotry).
The training teaches targets, allies and bystanders specific actions that involve making the ‘invisible’ visible, disarming microaggressions, and educating offenders. It is filled with real-life examples of harmful microaggressions, along with tested intervention actions that can be taken to create norms that reinforce an inclusive, respectful, and welcoming environment.”
— Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D.
Author, Microaggressions in Everyday Life, Microintervention Strategies
“Joel was wonderful to work with! He was great about meeting with us in advance to ensure the training was everything we needed it to be and created a very supportive, safe place for folks to be vulnerable, learn and reflect. We did the Disarming Microaggressions training at my office and it sparked quite a bit of important and open discussion.”
— Erica Curry
“The resources available at SunShower Learning are enabling our Human Sciences specialists to share important strategies for communicating respectfully in the workplace and local community. The OUCH! That Stereotype Hurts curriculum is making a significant difference in how individuals respond to disrespectful stereotypes and bias!”
— Barb Dunn Swanson
“After extensive research, our organization landed on Sunshower Learning to help execute DEI training for our leaders. This was absolutely the best decision we could have made surrounding this initiative, for Joel and his team are not only responsive when we had a question or needed support, but their material is relevant, timely, and grounded in research backed studies and analyses on these topics. We used Sunshower Learning for both live virtual training as well as their Train the Trainer program. If you or your organization are searching for a group that tackles these tough topics with knowledgeable concepts, valuable conversation, and measurable results, SunShower Learning is the answer.”
— Emily Fieser, Director of Culture + Development at Natural Retreats
“During the height of COVID, it was critical that we find a way to provide effective training utilizing a virtual platform. A variety of training options were considered; however, the utilization of SunShower Learning served as an invaluable tool during these unprecedented times. Having the option to access online modules and videos enhanced the information we presented to our customers in a virtual fashion. This also reinforced the information the customers received with the option of accessing the training portal at their leisure. We look forward to providing our customers the same level of excellence in person.”
— Anonymous, Training Instructor
“It has consistently been a great pleasure working with SunShower Learning! The team is quick to respond to our questions/needs and offers thoughtful solutions and recommendations. The customer service at SunShower is top notch!”
— Instructional Designer, reputable private research university
About Joel Lesko
and the SunShower Team
Joel is a documentary filmmaker, author and speaker on recognizing unconscious bias and creating a more respectful workplace. Joel’s film work has appeared on PBS and has received over two dozen awards. SunShower Learning is the expression of his passion for film, online learning and diversity, equity and inclusion.
Joel has worked with leading organizations including Liberty Mutual Insurance, AT&T, UCLA and others to support their DEI initiatives with award-winning eLearning courses. In recent years he’s facilitated unconscious bias workshops for the CDC in Atlanta, Yale-New Haven Health and many others.
A native New Yorker who married into a Gullah family in the Lowcountry of South Carolina, Gina Miller evolved her natural interest in culture, community and social justice into a deep commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging in the workplace and beyond. As an avid reader, prolific writer and community volunteer, she channels her thoughts and emotions into various forms of storytelling. This includes writing articles and furthering the important mission of SunShower Learning.
Joel is pleased to share more about the team of authors, speakers and facilitators who have been partners in creating and sharing these important programs. The collective intelligence and experience are only outweighed by the passion these talented leaders bring to the work.
- Dr. Robin Johnson – Being a Kind Leader series with two modules: 6 Soft S.K.I.L.L.S. and Developing Trust
- Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. – Defeating Unconscious Bias, Unconscious Bias in FOCUS, and Diversity Dialogue Blunders
- Leslie Aguilar – Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts and Ouch! Your Silence Hurts
- Lisette Martinez – webinar co-leader and collaborator, DEI Leap (course coming soon).
- Marsha Ross-Jackson – webinar co-leader and collaborator, Inclusive Hiring.
- Tina Dyer – webinar co-leader and creator of the Set and Setting course (coming soon).
- Connie Watson, Ph.D. – webinar co-leader and collaborator
- Dr. Derald Wing Sue – Disarming Microaggressions and The 21-Day Plan for Disarming Microaggressions
- Dr. Steve Robbins – Inclusion Insights
- Hideko Akashi — webinar co-leader and collaborator
- Greg Gale — webinar co-leader and collaborator