"I participated in a Teaching for Equity workshop in the winter of 2017. Leena created a space where people with a wide range of comfort and experience could talk together about the sensitive issues of power, inclusion, and diversity. I was so impressed with the non-judgemental, compassionate, and deeply knowledgeable way she moderated the discussions!"
- Emily Harrison PhD, Chan School of Public Health, Harvard University
"NE GWiSE is an alliance between groups of graduate women in STEM from universities across New England. This year Leena gave the keynote address for the NEGWISE Spring to Action Workshop “Breaking the silence, building a collective: A forum on sexual harassment in higher education.” Leena gave a beautiful and engaging lecture on the history of Title IX. The material was eye-opening for our audience, who has thought deeply about Title IX today, but overall has less background on its origins in terms of sexual harassment."
- Tamara Pico, PhD Program, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Harvard University
"Leena Akhtar and Nicole le Roux led the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. event in Sharon in 2018, offering a formal presentation and facilitating a community discussion. In a town that prides itself on diversity and the celebration of differences, they took us to a deeper level of interaction including the understanding of how power functions in our relationships and organizations. I highly recommend their work."
- The Rev. Dr. William Kondrath, Lead Consultant VISIONS-Inc.
"Experiencing Leena and Nicole’s method left a lasting impression on my mind. They are masters at creating a safe space in the truest sense. Their thoughtful and creative exercise was framed and executed with such care, and it was clear that participants felt comfortable and welcome. Because of this, the space became extraordinarily generative – students began sharing their stories; some of which were happy, some reflective, some gut-wrenchingly sad; all were deeply personal. It was a healing and empowering exercise for many in the room, and it was expertly guided by Nicole and Leena."
- Lisa Haushofer, MD, PhD, University of Toronto