Community Dinner and Implicit Bias Training Events

Want to participate in thoughtful conversations that create a more unified and equitable Lake County community?  Want to know more of your neighbors and build respectful relationships that cross cultural, economic, geographic or political barriers? Join us for two free community events, sponsored by The Colorado Trust and co-hosted by Lake County Build a Generation, Full Circle and Elemental Partners.

The first event, “The Second Circle Community Dinner: Building Community,” is an invitation for community members to meet new people, connect across differences, and explore common ground. Our goal is to build and deepen trust, and establish a shared vision for change in Lake County.  Dinner, childcare, and interpretation will be provided.  The dinner will be held on Monday, November 6 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Periodic Brewing, upstairs.  

The second event, “Transcultural Leadership Training: Exploring and Understanding the Impact of Implicit Bias,” will help participants understand the perspectives and biases each of us holds, which is a crucial part of becoming compassionate, effective and inclusive leaders.  Breakfast, childcare, and interpretation will be provided.  The training will be held on Tuesday, November 7 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon in Room 401 (Climax Building) at Colorado Mountain College.

Please RSVP to attend:

Our guest facilitators are nationally known and respected experts who have worked with communities in crisis throughout the country, including Charlottesville, New Orleans, St. Louis, Baltimore, Flint, MI. and more.

Guest facilitators:

 Kevin John FongKevin John Fong is a nationally recognized and respected cultural translator, facilitator, trainer, and speaker in transformative justice, leadership development, and organizational design. Kevin has extensive experience in working with clients in the public and private sector, especially with diverse, multicultural/multi-lingual groups. His mission is to clarify purpose, align principles, and integrate systems to cultivate health and prosperity in organizations and communities.

Prior to founding Elemental Partners in 1995, Kevin spent five years in executive management at Macy’s CA, and nine years as the Founder and Director of the Clinical HIV Program and Teen Clinic at Asian Health Services, a community health center in Oakland, CA. In addition, Kevin was awarded a three-year fellowship from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. During his assignments in East Africa, Brazil, Guatemala, Turkey, Central and Eastern Europe, and throughout the U.S., Kevin paid particular attention to the effects of globalization on families, neighborhoods, and villages from the context of community and citizen leadership.

In recent years, Kevin has been called to facilitate community healing circles around the country, including: St. Louis|Ferguson, MO; Flint, MI; Dallas, TX; New Orleans, LA; Baltimore, MD; Charleston, SC; and Los Angeles, CA, and throughout rural communities in Mississippi, New Mexico, Washington, Oregon, and Hawai’i.

Kevin is an associate of The William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation at the University of Mississippi, a faculty member of the UCSF Center for Health Professions, a contributor with the Jackson (MS) Free Press, and serves on the Leadership Council of Within our Lifetime, a national movement to end racism. Kevin graduated from University of California at Berkeley, and resides in San Francisco. With his two sons now in college, he’s adjusting to, and enjoying life as an empty nester.


Chris MessingerChris Messinger is a social justice educator and community organizer with a passion for youth work and collective transformation. Over the last decade in his role as Executive Director of Boston Mobilization, Chris has supported teens and young adults to come together across difference and build multi-racial multi-class coalitions to organize for justice on the issues that matter most to them, including jobs, environmental justice, progressive taxation, public education, closing the opportunity gap, and expanded youth voting. Chris likes run-on sentences and has a sense of humor.

He has also run a Kellogg-funded racial reconciliation and healing program for teens, which focused partly on implicit bias recognition and reduction. His work has appeared in curriculums across the country and he helped publish the nationally recognized racial justice resource Speak UP! A Personal Stories Project.

Chris serves on the Leadership Council of Within our Lifetime Network, where he is helping to create a Rapid Response protocol for communities responding to racial disasters, which he helped field test most recently in Charlottesville, VA. He lives in Boston where he also spends time gardening, foraging, hanging out with his niece and hosting monthly music gatherings.