Statement from our Founder

A statement from our Founder

Over 20 years ago, I founded CorpTalk to bring healthy conversation and systems thinking into organizations. I introduced the art, science, and practice of conversation as a way to value all voices and to empower people to speak openly and honestly about things that really matter.

At the time, I was a family therapist with a growing clinical practice treating families dealing with difficult situations across a spectrum of seemingly intransigent problems.

I was trained to listen attentively to the ways in which my clients shared their stories and the patterns that caused them distress, pressure, or pain. I was also trained to see how dysfunction or pathology experienced as personal problems could get “locked in” at a systemic level.

Working with my clients, I experienced first-hand the ways in which honest, thoughtful, heartfelt conversations could generate transformational healing.

I also came to recognize patterns of stress related to the workplace in a preponderance of the presenting problems that many families brought to me. Many of the situations they described were highly pressured and could be classified as pathological. I saw lots of opportunities for improvement by focusing on the quality of our conversations.

I was motivated to move my clinical practice into organizational settings to bring the tools, techniques, and conversational frames that helped so many families on a more massive scale into the workplace. After all, many of us spend as much or more time at work as we do with our families and the workplace is where we come together to accomplish efforts that benefit society and where we innovate in order to solve highly complex problems.

I committed to bringing systems thinking into organizations and communities in ways that were accessible to everyone and in simple straightforward language,

Conversation is the cure ®. This philosophy guides everything we do at CorpTalk.

Change is a Conversation®. This is the model that is embedded in our holistic approach and our programs.

Our vision is to re-imagine and empower healthy conversations and to value all voices
To achieve a healthier and more egalitarian society through the intersection of community, commerce, and culture.

Our mission is to empower people to engage effectively in healthy conversations and to value all voices
By teaching the art, science, and practice of conversation and by creating the context for relational health and wellbeing.

I invite you to explore the power of conversation.


Our team

Denise Foerst

Executive Support, Program Manager

Debra Hirsch

Senior Associate, Master Coach

Ruth Weider

Organizational Cartographer

Pia Tempestini

Brand & Program Advisor

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