What People Say About Our Work

“CQ Strategies' workshops on cultural proficiency have become integral to the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce's Leadership Champlain program.  Paul Suk-Hyun Yoon facilitates a conversation around diversity and inclusion in a way that feels constructive, safe and empowering.  Paul opens up the program year for each class at our Opening Retreat and is always mentioned as a highlight of the year at our Closing Retreat - ten months later!  We get feedback every year about his discussion impacting the class in profound, life-changing ways.  CQ Strategies has helped our 31 year old program evolve into something that puts equity at the very forefront of the minds of our business and community leaders.  We are deeply grateful to Paul and the CQ team for the amazing work they do!”

- Victoria Colarusso, Leadership Champlain Program Manager, Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce

We have truly enjoyed all of our experiences with CQ Strategies. They have trained AmeriCorps members across Vermont for several years and we always receive great feedback. Participants frequently mention their appreciation of the trust and intimacy that is built in the group in a short span of time and the way the facilitators create a safe place to engage in challenging topics. There is also a great balance of theory and history along with practical application. The team at CQ are fantastic collaborators. They have creatively and patiently adapted their programs over time to meet our changing needs and always bring great care and intentionality to their work. We are grateful for our partnership with CQ and all of the learning they bring to our members.

- robyn baylor, AmeriCorps*VISTA Program Supervisor, SerVermont

“The Montpelier School District attended CQ Strategies’ “We All Belong Series” in the fall of 2017 and it was one of the best professional learning series that I have ever attended. The team is experienced, responsive, and a wonderful combination of practical and inspiring. I continue to reflect and grow from my learning in that series on a regular basis. Our district has also hired CQ Strategies for a day of professional learning where our educators cycled through their workshop and again for a deeper two-day version for a smaller group of educators. I strongly recommend the dedicated, caring, and engaging leaders at CQ Strategies to any school or professional learning group looking for real and lasting growth.”

-Mike McRaith, Montpelier High School Principal, soon to be Vermont Principal’s Association Assistant Executive Director


“I write to thank you and the entire CQ Strategies team for providing cultural competency and implicit bias training to the federal prosecutors at the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Vermont. The lessons conveyed by the training you provided are absolutely crucial to our ability to administer justice in Vermont…I particularly appreciate your willingness to customize your curriculum to meet the needs of our organization. Your team's preparation was incredibly thorough…. CQ was also exemplary in its ability to present challenging and sometimes abstract topics in ways that highlighted their relevance to our day-to-day work…. The CQ instructors are gifted facilitators and did a wonderful job drawing everyone into the conversation.”

 -Eric S. Miller, former United States Attorney

“The We All Belong trainings have been extremely valuable for our staff and Board of Directors. Participating has certainly raised our awareness as an organization about the critical need to become more culturally competent in order to better serve our community. It requires leadership and systems being put in place so the change isn’t dependent on one or two people within the organization but becomes embedded in the organization’s standard operations.”

- Martha Maksym, from her former position as Executive Director of United Way of Chittenden County