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Milagros Phillips

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Passionate race literacy consultant who believes that with good information people make good decisions

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Our keynote speaker Milagros​ ​Phillips is an empowering speaker, seminar leader, author, and leading authority on healing and transforming relationships between the races. Milagros educates people on race because she believes that with good information people make good decisions.

Race literacy and awareness of our internal process puts us in the driver’s seat of our lives.

Milagros’ program “Race Demystified & the Healing Process”​ is proven to be a powerful tool. It has been presented for more than 15 years to Fortune 100 Companies, colleges, universities and communities throughout the US, transforming the way Milagros’ clients perceive race.

Milagros Phillips develops and facilitates customized seminars and programs on race for both private, corporate, and public sectors. Milagros co-developed the Race Equity Framework Model to End HIV for The National Minority AIDS Council (NMAC). She was the senior consultant with Search for Common Ground and The Faith and Politics Institute as they worked collaboratively to develop Congressional Conversations on Race (CCR). Her three-part approach to a race conversation became the foundation for CCR. She also co-facilitated the program for three years. This program assisted members of Congress in crafting a productive conversation about race leading to community action and collaboration.

Milagros was the Founding Executive Director of “The National Resource Center for the Healing of Racism” and she has served as Expert in Residence for the W.K. Kellogg FoundationMichigan State University uses part of her Transformation, Race, and Healing program, to train their diversity facilitators. Furthermore, The Center for Alternative Dispute Resolution has incorporated her program Race Demystified & the Healing Process as part of the curriculum in their conflict resolution certification training.

Her books “11 Reasons to Become Race Literate: A pocket guide to a new conversation” and “8 Essentials to a Race Conversation: A Manual to a New Dialogue” specialize in transforming relationships between people of different backgrounds, and creating a safe space to engage in difficult conversation.

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    Healing The Racial Divide

    • While our country seems more divided than ever, that division, if understood, can actually bring us closer together.

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    Understanding Race Today

    • Today’s racial climate can best be understood by an awareness of the link between the past and the present.

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    Race – Healing The Anger

    • Anger is an important part of the healing process. It can be destructive or used as the fuel for inspired action.

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    8 Essentials To A Race Conversation

    • If conversations on race are to lead to inspired action, there are some components that must be part of the conversation.

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    Race Literacy – Why It’s Important

    • If we are to enact change, we need to understand what it is that we are healing. Race literacy can change the race conversation.

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    Being Whole In A Divided World

    • No matter how broken the world may seem, each and every one of us has the internal fortitude that can carry us through the tough times. The trick is learning how to access our wholeness and use it to catapult us to a new world.

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    Race: America’s Spiritual Journey Healing the Soul of America

    • We are a nation with global representation, made up of all religions, with the most powerful technological advances, striving for spiritual maturity, trapped in an adolescent’s soul. What is our national and global responsibility when it comes to race?

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    Race & Our Personal History

    • Everyone has a history with race. That history, whether we are aware of it or not, may be coloring out interactions. Conscious awareness of our history can help us take our personal brick out of the wall of separation, allowing us to use those bricks to create a pathway to freedom.
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The Will to Dissolve Divisions

Becoming a United Nation

Every newspaper and every news station reminds us that today, we are more divided than ever before. However, that is not true. What we are today is more overt about divisions that have been with us for over five hundred years, and have been woven into the fabric of our nation. To explore how we dissolve our divisions and become a united nation, particularly about human rights issues, we need to be willing to move beyond the rhetoric and the research numbers, and dive deeply into our hearts. We need to journey into who we were, to understand who we are, if we are to change who we are becoming.

Hearts cannot be legislated, but they can be made to change with new and more expansive information. We must be willing to allow emotions, the language of the heart to carry us to our inner core where what we thought and what we believe can be forever transformed. It takes a willingness to engage with new ideas and new possibilities, to engage in a different conversation, and to create a common vision.

That kind of transformation requires courage. It requires a willingness to see ourselves a new, to risk vulnerability and to allow that we may have been wrong. It takes a genuine desire to take our personal brick out of the wall of separation to allow the wall to crumble. Then we can use those bricks to build an equitable path that leads to, as the preamble of our constitution states, “a more perfect union,” that allows us all to thrive.


Interview with Milagros Phillips

What is the most common sign that there is a race-related problem in the workplace?

  • Look around the organization.
  • Are people of color represented in all spheres of the organization?
  • Are there people of color in top positions in your organization?
  • Is your organization retaining talented people of color for more than two years?
  • Does your organization ever use this phrase, “We just don’t get enough qualified candidates of color?”
  • All of these are signs that your organization is struggling with race-related issues.

Why do clients typically hire you to speak?

I typically get hired by clients who want to bring greater awareness of the issue of race to their employees in a way that is non-threatening, grounded in history, and leaves participants inspired and hopeful.

How did you begin your speaking career?

This dates me. When I was a young mom, I became a Tupperware Lady, in order to rule my schedule and have more time with my family. I had become a manager in record time, and my distributors were very impressed with my sales performance. I happened to walk into my distributorship at the moment that my distributor had gotten a call that the person who was to do the training that evening would not be able to make it. My distributor looked at me and said, “I’ve been wanting to ask you to do the training for our managers. Can you do the training tonight.” The training was a huge success, and I became a regular member of the training team.

How have things changed in the workplace since you began your career?

Things have changed drastically since I began my career. When I started speaking about race, we didn’t use phrases such as White privilege and internalized racial oppression. The awareness of the impact of race in the workplace was simply not there like it is today. While race is still a difficult topic, more people are willing to have a conversation about it than they were fifteen, ten, even three years ago. There is greater awareness that we can no longer hide from the conversation.

Besides being a race literacy expert, you’re also a creativity coach. Can you give three tips to individuals struggling with creativity?

Human beings are naturally creative, even though some don’t see themselves that way. If you want to increase your creativity:

  • Becoming more observant. Take a deep breath, while saying to yourself, “I am conscious, awake and aware,” and look around you. Notice what you become aware of at that moment.
  • Journaling can be a powerful awakener for your creative self.
  • Visualize and daydream. See yourself as someone who is always coming up with new ideas and possibilities, even if that’s not currently the case for you.

Do you have a favorite experience from your career?

One of my favorite experiences was being an expert in residence for the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 1998. It was a bit of a whirlwind, but during that short period of time, I did everything from speaking before small groups of about fifty people to holding town hall meetings on race. It was a powerful learning experience for me, and I loved it!

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