Guilt, Shame, and Blame

Podcast featuring Dr. Heather Hackman

PCC, Sustain Me! A Higher Education Sustainability & Environmental Justice Podcast of Portland Community College.

Episode #11 featuring Dr. Heather Hackman

From Podcast Producer, Joe Culhane:

I first experienced Heather Hackman and her incredibly accessible presentation style at AASHE 2017 in San Antonio. Her ability to help people see how intrinsically connected social justice and environmental sustainability work is and how important it is to approach sustainability using an equity lens was amazing. She talked about privilege, dominant culture, and the dynamics that are negatively impacting much of the current sustainability movement. I was entranced. Her conference session was easily the highlight for me last year and her closing keynote of the conference was a thing of beauty. It’s not every day that there is one particular person who is a catalyst for a shift in ones own trajectory though I say with certainty that Heather happened to be one of those for me. It could be strongly argued that had I not attended that conference and her sessions, this podcast would not exist and I would be eyeballs deep in mathematics and chemistry right now trying to make my way into the renewable energy engineering world. My what a difference a year can make.

Our paths crossed a second time in June of last year when I attended the 2018 NCORE conference in New Orleans. NCORE is the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education. There, while attending Heathers session I saw a similar display of awesome wisdom being presented this time from a framework of tying social justice work into environmental sustainability and justice work and I was in awe. And so, seeing Heather once again at AASHE 2018 was really special and it was even more special when she agreed to an interview with me.

Heather Hackman is part of Hackman Consulting Group and if you are reading this or after you get done listening and are thinking, “We need this consulting at my work, school, fill in the blank, then please do reach and set something up. The work they are doing at HCG is perhaps some of the most valuable consulting work that can be done at this point in our collective climate and journey. Racial Justice and using an equity lens in the sustainability movement is crucial right now. Heather Hackman knows this and is doing the important work that needs to be done right now. I am grateful.


2018 Equity in the Center Closing Keynote on Facing Whiteness

Keynote Speech

Speaker: Dr. Heather Hackman, Founder, Hackman Consulting Group

Description: Even in spaces where racism is named, there is often a lack of willingness to call attention to whiteness as the core driving dynamic of racial oppression in the US. Hackman will explore white privilege and supremacy as the continual catalyst for structural racism, and highlight the role of white leaders in dismantling a system designed to preference them and oppress Native people and people of color.

2018 Equity in the Center Summit Videos

What Would an Equity Consultant Do? Strategic, Management & Operational Insights from Expert Practitioners Part 1,

Part 2

Part 3

Description: Race equity leaders with national consulting practices share learnings gleaned from decades supporting nonprofit and philanthropic organizations in shifting culture, operations and practice toward race equity.

Speakers: Lupita Gonzalez, CEO, The Thrive Advisory; Dr. Heather Hackman, Founder, Hackman Consulting Group; Inca Mohamed, Principal, IAM Associates; Julie Nelson, Senior Vice President of Programs, Race Forward/Co-Director, Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE); Elissa Sloan Perry, Co-Director, Management Assistance Group; Sean Thomas-Breitfeld, Co-Director, Building Movement Project (Moderator)

Minnesota Medical Association Live Stream

Join our live stream on January 17th from 12pm-1pm and hear from three panelists across the state who will provide a landscape view of health disparities. The Minnesota Medical Association designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)â„¢. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Posted by Minnesota Medical Association on Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Three panelists across the Minnesota, including Dr. Stephen Nelson of HCG, provide a landscape view of health disparities as part of MMA’s 2018 Health Equity Month in January.

Produced by Minnesota Medical Association

NAPE Keynote

(c) Hackman Consulting Group, 2018

Produced by National Alliance for Partnership in Equity 2018

Dr. Heather Hackman Speaks at the AASHE 2017 Closing Ceremony

(c) Hackman Consulting Group, 2017

Produced by AASHE

2017 YWCA Racial Justice Summit – Keynote Presentations


(c) Hackman Consulting Group, 2017

Produced by YWCA

Equity in Action: Heather Hackman’s BigBANG! 2016 Keynote


(c) Hackman Consulting Group, 2016

Produced by Social Venture Partners Dallas

Key Considerations for Folks in the Climate Justice Movement

In this vlog, Dr. Heather Hackman unpacks three key considerations for folks working in the climate justice movement. 1.) The importance of developing critical race, gender and class lenses 2.) As a country and individuals, the need to make amends and take responsibility 3.) The importance of educating, marshaling resources and maintaining hope.

© Hackman Consulting Group 2016
Produced by Sonia Keiner