Why SunShower Learning?

SunShower Learning offers specialized, best-in-class DEI training that drives meaningful change toward a more inclusive and successful workplace. 

  • 20+ years of best-in-class DEI training and courses
    • 5-star reviews on Google Reviews and Trustpilot
    • Dozens of training and diversity awards
    • Distinguished team of world-class DEI experts
  • Experience with small businesses, multinational organizations and everything in between
    • Client list spanning all industries: insurance, healthcare, retail, hospitality, government and more
    • Hundreds of thousands of employees trained
  • Blended training formats with activities, knowledge checks and “What would you do?” scenarios
  • Scalable from 100 to 100,000 and applicable for leaders and individual contributors
  • Plug & play SCORM on your LMS or SunShower’s secure LMS 
  • Personalized implementation support
  • HRCI CE-certified programs
  • Compliance with the highest WCAG standards of accessibility
  • Available in multiple languages, including Canadian French and Spanish 
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Through creative storytelling, sophisticated film production and compelling instructional design, SunShower Learning courses make a memorable, emotional impact and stand apart from ordinary courses that merely check the DEI box.


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Experience with organizations of all sizes

    SunShower Learning’s client list spans small businesses, multinational organizations and everything in between and covers an array of industries: insurance, healthcare, retail, hospitality, government and more. From Fortune 100 companies to universities and non-profits to small business, SunShower commits fully to support your organization with state of the art course work and training. 

    Dozens of training and diversity awards

    SunShower’s work has been repeatedly recognized for its production quality, storytelling, instructional design and more:

    • Brandon Hall Best DEI eLearning
    • The Telly Award (dozens)
    • International E-Learning Award
    • 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


    Defeating Unconscious Bias 5 Strategies What can you do to counter the unconscious bias affecting you, your colleagues, and your workplace?

    SunShower’s longevity and reputation are unmatched.

    5 Star Reviews laud SunShower's content and customer service.

    5-star reviews on Google Reviews and Trustpilot

    SunShower Learning regularly receives the highest reviews. Why?

    Because we support you to get the most value from your license. We offer personalized support to help you get the courses installed on your LMS and also to help you roll-out the training to achieve high completion rates. 

    A distinguished team of world-class DEI experts

    Joel is pleased to share more about the team of authors, speakers and facilitators who have collaborated with us to create these important programs. The collective intelligence and experience are only outweighed by the passion these talented leaders bring to the work.

    Leslie Aguilar - Founder, International Training and Development

    Leslie Aguilar

    Founder, International Training and Development

    Leslie wrote the book Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts and collaborated with Joel Lesko from SunShower Learning to produce the wildly popular and multi-award winning video, online course and eLearning. She also collaborated with Joel to create the follow-up program, Ouch! Your Silence Hurts. The Ouch! series has been enthusiastically used by tens of thousands of organizations around the world with significant personal and organizational results.

    Leslie is an author, consultant and curriculum developer in the areas of DEIB, multicultural and multilingual competence and multicultural customer service. Watch the interview with Leslie here in which she offers valuable insights into the practical applications of Ouch! techniques.

    Courses in the SunShower library

    Ouch! That Stereotype Hurts
    Ouch! Your Silence Hurts

    Hideko Akashi - Founder, Liberation Consulting

    Hideko Akashi

    Founder, Liberation Consulting

    Hideko has over 20 years of experience in the educational sector, challenging individuals and institutions to think critically about issues of diversity, privilege, social justice, inclusion and equity and to create healthy, meaningful work cultures.

    Hideko has worked with SunShower to create learning experiences around the myths of the model minority and AAPI experience.

    Courses in the SunShower library

    Hideko is collaborating with SunShower on three new courses launching in early 2024:

    Myths and Models: AAPI Inclusion
    Expanding the Gender Binary

    New products coming soon!

    Mary Chlopecki

    Mary Chlopecki, Esq.

    Workplace Investigations, Training & Consulting, Senior Investigator and Counsel, Georgetown University

    With 20+ years of diverse experience, and a Juris Doctor from George Mason University School of Law, Mary is a trusted legal advisor and EEO specialist, serving clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors.

    Mary has deep competency in conducting professional, end-to-end, confidential workplace investigations.

    Mary is a seasoned trainer with a record of success developing and delivering an array of live and virtual programs, and she’s experienced in designing and performing work environment studies and climate assessments.

    Courses in the SunShower library

    Within Our Power: Preventing and Addressing Sexual Harassment Together

    Tina Dyer - Founder, Grafted Together Consulting

    Tina Dyer

    Founder, Grafted Together Consulting

    Tina is a leader in the areas of global diversity and inclusion, a public speaker and an organization development professional with proven success in designing and implementing DEI strategies and initiatives, coaching senior leaders and enhancing employee engagement, retention and productivity.

    Tina is a Somatic Abolitionist Practitioner with years of experience in coaching around Racial, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion. She has collaborated with SunShower to conduct online live trainings across many industries. 

    Tina is developing a new course with SunShower that will help people build a capacity mentally, emotionally, and physically for staying present and engaging in conversations across dimensions of diversity, especially race. 

    Courses in the SunShower library

    Self-Care and prepping for conversations of Racial, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion.
    New product coming soon!

    Greg Gale - Founder, Insight Out Consulting

    Greg Gale

    Founder, Insight Out Consulting

    For over 25 years, Greg has held DEI leadership positions in both Fortune 100 companies and non- profit organizations and has implemented DEI solutions throughout the US and globally.

    Greg has high-level experience developing DEI strategy, coaching leaders to develop inclusion skills and creating insightful and actionable group learning experiences.

    Greg has led workshops with SunShower in Inclusive Leadership and has worked with our clients to aid them in the Enterprise roll-out of our eLearning courses.

    Courses in the SunShower Library

    Greg is developing a new course with SunShower to help white male allies gain skills to be champions for inclusion and equity. 
    New product coming soon!

    Robin Denise Johnson, Ph.D. - Founder, RDJ Training

    Robin Denise Johnson, Ph.D.

    Founder, RDJ Training

    Dr. Robin is a Harvard Business School trained Ph.D. and wrote an award-winning dissertation on diversity, work-life balance and empowerment.

    Dr. Robin’s BA is in International Relations / World History from Brown University, and her Masters in Social Psychology is from Harvard. She was also faculty at Darden University of Virginia, Cal Poly Pomona and UCLA as well as a visiting professor at Ozyegin Business School in Istanbul, Turkey.

    Dr. Robin has collaborated with SunShower on the series, Being a Kind Leader, which includes 3 modules - 6 Soft S.K.I.L.L.S., Developing Trust and Living Your Values (coming soon). The SKILLS and Trust courses have both won multiple awards.

    Courses in the SunShower library

    Be a Kind Leader: Six Soft S.K.I.L.L.S.
    Being a Kind Leader: Developing Trust
    Being a Kind Leader: Living Your Values

    Debra L. Lacy, Ed.D.

    Debra L. Lacy, Ed.D.

    Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion TeamHealth

    Dr. Debra Lacy is the Director of DEI at TeamHealth. Previously, she was Director of DEI at Texas Children’s Hospital and Assistant Director of the DEI Office at Liberty Mutual Insurance.

    Debra received her Doctor of Education in Learning and Organizational Change from Baylor University. Her thesis, published, was on the impact of inclusive leadership on organizational culture.

    Courses in the SunShower library

    Debra and Joel collaborated to create the Inclusion in Action eLearning course that was used internally at Liberty Mutual to train more than 35,000 employees. Then they created the commercial version of Inclusion in Action that is available for any organization to use.

    Debra and Joel are collaborating to create a new eLearning course, De-Mythifying DEI.
    New product coming soon!

    Yolanda Lewis

    Yolanda Lewis-Ragland, M.D.

    Attending Physician , Children's National Health Center

    Dr. Yolanda Lewis-Ragland is a double-board-certified physician in pediatrics and obesity medicine, owner and CEO of Family Fitness and Wellness for Community Health, and founder of Dr. Yolanda Cares Foundation, her nonprofit organization focusing on reducing health disparities in at-risk communities at home and abroad.

    For 20 years, Dr. Lewis-Ragland has lived and practiced in one of the poorest and most traumatized communities in the nation’s capital, gaining the trust and respect of residents and, more recently, actively addressing heart disease in African Americans through her annual Heart-to-Heart Red Carpet Affair.  She has published, Navigating a Triple Pandemic: Healthcare Workers of Color Confront Racism in America, Health Disparities in Medicine, and the Trauma of COVID-19.
    Dr. Lewis-Ragland is collaborating with SunShower to work on a new program, Let’s Talk: Health Equity
    New product coming soon!

    Lisette Martinez, MBA - Executive Vice President for Inclusion, Diversity & Community Engagement, Thomas Jefferson University & Jefferson Health

    Lisette Martinez, MBA

    Chief Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Officer, National Audubon Society

    As a fervent advocate for the transformative power of inclusion within enterprises, Lisette has launched and scaled award-winning DEI organizations and programs that align with the company's mission, vision and values. Throughout her career, she has successfully established, designed and led scalable, company-wide diversity models at renowned institutions such as Jefferson Health, Yale New Haven Health System and TriHealth, integrating DEI into their core infrastructures. Lisette has further demonstrated her commitment by creating supplier diversity, community partnership and leadership development initiatives aimed at increasing diverse spending and broadening organizational impact. Previously, she held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief DEI Officer at Jefferson Health, a 198-year-old legacy organization with 18 hospitals and 10 colleges with over 50,000 employees and students. Lisette was appointed by the National Audubon Society to spearhead efforts across the organization, integrating equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging (EDIB) practices seamlessly into the fabric of Audubon’s operations. Her role involves refining policies and procedures and championing data-driven change initiatives. Lisette collaborates closely with the Conservation and People and Culture teams to embed EDIB principles in Audubon’s conservation initiatives across the Western Hemisphere.

    Courses in the SunShower library


    Danita Oliver - VP, Global Diversity, Culture & Belonging

    Danita Oliver

    VP, Global Diversity, Culture & Belonging

    As a seasoned builder of holistic strategies, Danita looks to drive change while expanding opportunities. She has extensive experience building and developing teams, strategic planning, goal setting and implementing effective grassroots employee programs.

    As a strategic thought leader and culture architect, Danita focuses on cultivating diverse workforce engagement and environments where employees can experience belonging.

    Danita is partnering with SunShower to develop a course on growing culture by planting one seed at a time - Culturvate for success.
    New product coming soon!

    Steve L. Robbins, Ph.D.

    Steve L. Robbins, Ph.D.

    Speaker, Author, Inclusion & Belonging Consultant, Founder SL Robbins & Assoc.

    Dr. Steve Robbins is a master storyteller. He blends art and science to motivate people to be better humans. His style has been described as a mix of Bill Nye the Science Guy, The Big Bang Theory and Saturday Night Live.

    Steve is well-known for his concept on Unintentional Intolerance which is featured in the SunShower course, Inclusion Insights. Our micro-learning course consists of 11 insight nuggets in which Steve tells stories and challenges our automatic assumptions.

    Courses in the SunShower library

    Inclusion Insights

    Marsha Ross-Jackson, Esq., MPA - Founder, BoldWorks

    Marsha Ross-Jackson, Esq., MPA

    Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean of DEI and University Ombudsperson at Chicago-Kent College of Law. Founder, BoldWorks

    Marsha is the Senior Lecturer, Associate Dean of DEI and University Ombudsperson at Chicago-Kent College of Law.

    Marsha is also an experienced attorney, arbitrator, facilitator and consultant who provides training and advice on a variety of employee relations and leadership topics, including, diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.

    Marsha has delivered many live online trainings with SunShower in the areas of unconscious bias, microaggressions and inclusive hiring, consistently receiving rave reviews.

    Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D. - Researcher, Author and Faculty, Teachers College Columbia University

    Derald Wing Sue, Ph.D.

    Researcher, Author and Faculty,
    Teachers College, Columbia University

    Dr. Sue is a pioneer in the field of multicultural education and the psychology of racism and antiracism.

    Dr. Sue is one of the leading researchers and authors on microaggressions. Dr. Sue’s books include Microaggressions in Everyday Life, and Microintervention Strategies.

    Dr. Sue collaborated with SunShower to produce Disarming Microaggressions and the 21-Day Plan for Disarming Microaggressions.

    Courses in the SunShower library

    Disarming Microaggressions
    21-Day Plan for Disarming Microaggressions

    Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D. - Speaker, Author, Founder of Cross Cultural Consultants

    Sondra Thiederman, Ph.D.

    Speaker, Author, Founder of Cross Cultural Consultants

    Dr. Sondra Thiederman is one of the nation’s leading experts on unconscious bias and workplace inclusion issues.

    Sondra is a researcher and speaker known for providing practical skills for defeating unconscious bias/implicit bias in the workplace.

    Sondra collaborated with SunShower to create three powerful and award-winning courses that continue to be favorites today: Defeating Unconscious Bias, Diversity Dialogue Blunders, and Unconscious Bias in FOCUS.

    Courses in the SunShower library

    Unconscious Bias in FOCUS
    Diversity Dialogue Blunders

    Connie Watson, Ph.D. — webinar co-leader and collaborator

    Connie Watson, Ed.D.

    Lead Consultant Watson & Assoc.

    Dr. Connie Watson excels at getting the people side of your business right from building leadership capacity to increasing team performance.

    Dr. Watson is a researcher and author of assessments focusing on the area of well-being and mental health.

    Connie has been a frequent collaborator with SunShower for workshops and webinars on inclusive leadership, psychological safety, Ouch! and other topics.

    Award Winning Video Production for Diversity and Inclusion Corporate Training Programs

    Committed to Accessibility 

    Our purpose
    Remove barriers to learning for the 15-25% of employees who would otherwise be ignored and left with incomplete access to the training.

    Our commitment

    Compliance with the highest WCAG 2.0 standards of accessibility.

    Our method

    Design courses that give the learner agency to engage with the courses in the manner they prefer. Test and update our courses continually to meet best practices.

    Personalized Implementation Support

    When you license an eLearning course, we offer a turnkey solution and stand behind you for the duration of your license. 
    Our purpose

    • Reduce your stress as you install the course on your LMS

    Our commitment  

    • Deliver high completion rates and maximize your investment

    Our method

    • A team of experts with experience in rolling out the training
    • Personalized guidance to help you cascade the training across your organization
    • Training materials and resources you can use to embed the training
    • Optional train-the-trainer sessions
    Defeating Unconscious Bias 5 Strategies What can you do to counter the unconscious bias affecting you, your colleagues, and your workplace?

    SunShower courses are known for having emotional impact and teaching skills that can be practiced. Interactive activities, knowledge checks and What would you do? scenarios

    Blended learning formats

    eLearning courses – self-paced, asynchronous, interactive and award-winning
      • Scalable from 100 to 100,000 learners
      • Plug & play SCORM on your LMS or SunShower’s
      • Adherence to highest standards of accessibility
      • Personalized implementation and roll-out support

    Trainer’s Toolbox – use our videos, Leader’s Guide, PowerPoint files and handouts to conduct your own training
      • 24/7 access to online digital materials
      • Never misplace the video files again!

    Interactive live training – SunShower experts facilitate customized live workshops in person or on Zoom
      • Engaging and thought-provoking
      • Customized for your group 

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