OUR IMPACT

With over a decade of experience organizing, advocating, training and creating impactful learning experiences, UWC will be your thought and action partner. Our work with diverse teams has helped to articulate goals and processes, bring organizational values to the forefront and focus team learning around long-term impact. But we’ll let our partners do the talking…

L.L.Bean Inc.

“Nicola has worked with us in our earliest stages of change efforts around diversity, inclusion and our evolving culture and business. Her role with us has been multiple: strategic thought partner, coach, meaning maker, consultant, designer, educator and facilitator. She brings a valuable combination of characteristics to her engagements: knowledge, experience, empathy, play, discipline, rigor and a perspective that encompasses the whole system we are seeking to influence and change. Her guidance pushes us to identify and anchor all actions in cultural and business objectives. She partners with deep integrity and respect, enabling her to meet leaders where they are while challenging them toward greater growth and development. She actively demonstrates great care for our brand, business and people, as she challenges us to edge forward on this journey toward a clearer path for sustainable success.”

Janice O’Rourke

Senior Leader Development and Organizational Learning

Orton Family Foundation

“Nicola has a true gift for connecting with people and tapping into what connects us as a team. She helped us shine a light on what was working and how together we could lift each other up.”

Alece Montez

Director of Programs

Orton Family Foundation

“Nicola has a true gift for connecting with people and tapping into what connects us as a team. She helped us shine a light on what was working and how together we could lift each other up.”

Alece Montez

Director of Programs

Socially Responsible Agricultural Project

“I had the very fortunate opportunity to have management/leadership coaching with Nicola in my role with a growing non-profit organization. Nicola is brilliant on so many different levels, it's remarkable. Her combination of sensitivity; intuitiveness; passion; work ethic; authenticity; creativeness, intellect, and insightfulness combined with real life experiences, purpose and focus are unmatched. She supported and empowered me to realize my strongest attributes and areas for growth to fulfill an important role for my organization and I believe not only our staff, but the communities we serve are benefiting. She is a true leader with a pure heart that exemplifies the type of person I aspire to be.”

Danielle Diamond

Director of Field Operations

Portland Museum of Art

“At the Portland Museum of Art, we hired Up With Community to help guide our work around Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusivity. Nicola Chin was enlightening, motivating, and uplifting. Her energy, style, and ability to explain complex issues help move us forward as a staff, together. She becomes your mentor, your confidant, and your friend while all the time leading you towards a path that is sustainable and thoughtful. Most importantly, she helps you create a responsible path for your institution to move forward confidently.”

Elizabeth Jones

Deputy Director and Director of External Affairs

Portland Museum of Art

“At the Portland Museum of Art, we hired Up With Community to help guide our work around Diversity, Equity, Accessibility, and Inclusivity. Nicola Chin was enlightening, motivating, and uplifting. Her energy, style, and ability to explain complex issues help move us forward as a staff, together. She becomes your mentor, your confidant, and your friend while all the time leading you towards a path that is sustainable and thoughtful. Most importantly, she helps you create a responsible path for your institution to move forward confidently.”

Elizabeth Jones

Deputy Director and Director of External Affairs

ACLU of Maine Board

“I worked with Nicola to design and then participate in a day long bias workshop. She was thorough and probing in her preparation for the workshop, always clear that this was about what we as a board needed and wanted. She was especially effective at flagging issues and places where there were options, and using google docs we were able to keep track of those. On the day of the workshop she easily won the trust and confidence of the board. She uses humor and compassion to put people at ease, yet she also shows up clearly in charge, and with a deep well of experience. Throughout the day she met people where they were, and continually reflected back to us that this was our process."

Susan Bates

Vice President

Mano en Mano

“Nicola has been able to understand our organization, the communities we work, our strengths (!), and our challenges through inquiry, reflection, and asking the right questions. She has challenged us to be our best selves while honoring our identities and values, and helping us build common language around justice and equity in our work and in our communities. She's provided us with tools we can use today at the same time as thinking about the big picture tomorrow. And she's done this while laughing and bringing joy to work that is really, really difficult. It feels like Nicola is actually in this work with us and that our successes are her successes. I appreciate her leadership, wisdom, commitment, courage, guidance, and discipline in our shared work of building community and demanding justice across Maine and beyond.”

Ian Yaffe

Executive Director

Mano en Mano

“Nicola has been able to understand our organization, the communities we work, our strengths (!), and our challenges through inquiry, reflection, and asking the right questions. She has challenged us to be our best selves while honoring our identities and values, and helping us build common language around justice and equity in our work and in our communities. She's provided us with tools we can use today at the same time as thinking about the big picture tomorrow. And she's done this while laughing and bringing joy to work that is really, really difficult. It feels like Nicola is actually in this work with us and that our successes are her successes. I appreciate her leadership, wisdom, commitment, courage, guidance, and discipline in our shared work of building community and demanding justice across Maine and beyond.”

Ian Yaffe

Executive Director

Restorative Justice Institute

“Nicola has been phenomenal – helping us rethink our strategic direction, guiding us in strengthening Board leadership, and supporting us with equity training that will help us diversify our Board."

Craig McEwen

Board Chair

Educate Maine

“We worked with Nicola to help us increase our understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion as team. Through exemplary coaching and thoughtful team exercises, we were able to deepen our knowledge as a staff and better understand how we could appropriately support job seekers and employers. Nicola was instrumental in leading us through this work, and we look forward to working with her again in the future.”

Jason Judd

Program Director

Educate Maine

“We worked with Nicola to help us increase our understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion as team. Through exemplary coaching and thoughtful team exercises, we were able to deepen our knowledge as a staff and better understand how we could appropriately support job seekers and employers. Nicola was instrumental in leading us through this work, and we look forward to working with her again in the future.”

Jason Judd

Program Director

Waynflete

“Working with a diverse group of high school age students who are grappling with big questions about race and bias has the potential for explosion. In our afternoon retreat with Nicola, she adeptly taught students big concepts and challenged their assumptions without making them feel defensive. She did not back away from their pointed questions. She would pause--sometimes for a long time--to think before she spoke. I noticed that even some of our most strident students respected her thoughtful approach. Our group moved forward because of Nicola's expertise on the subject and her willingness to put in the time and do the homework needed, so she could tailor the presentation to our specific needs. There was nothing "stock" or gimmicky about our day. It was learning designed for our group at exactly the place we were at and aimed to move us further along our path to understanding.”

Sue Stein

Teacher, RaAW Advisor

Project Tipping Point

“When embarking on an unconventional training series that included a grant opportunity for attendees, I received multiple recommendations to involve Nicola in the process. As a member of the Summer Learning Loss work group (part of the Lewiston Campaign for Grade Level Reading), I was tasked with coordinating a 4-part training series that included incubators in which training attendees would generate ideas for grant proposals that would fund collaborative initiatives related to the training sessions. This had never been done in Lewiston, and my work group knew that for the incubator periods, we would need someone with experience related to adult learning and inspiring collaboration.”

Shanna Cox

Founder

Project Tipping Point

“When embarking on an unconventional training series that included a grant opportunity for attendees, I received multiple recommendations to involve Nicola in the process. As a member of the Summer Learning Loss work group (part of the Lewiston Campaign for Grade Level Reading), I was tasked with coordinating a 4-part training series that included incubators in which training attendees would generate ideas for grant proposals that would fund collaborative initiatives related to the training sessions. This had never been done in Lewiston, and my work group knew that for the incubator periods, we would need someone with experience related to adult learning and inspiring collaboration.”

Shanna Cox

Founder

Lewiston Housing Authority

“Nicola became the facilitator of the incubator periods, offering constructive feedback on how to structure them to achieve maximum results in a short period of time. Her ability to engage a room of practitioners of different backgrounds, organizational cultures, and program foci was crucial for encouraging inter-agency partnerships. Moreover, she met the challenges of this messy project head-on, adapting her approach and structure of the incubator periods to best meet the needs of both the work group and the training attendees. Her insight, great energy, and flexibility make her the perfect partner for executing change projects.“

Elaine Theriault

Aspirations Coordinator

Educators for Excellence

“Nicola has been an incredible coach and advisor to me and other colleagues of mine through important, challenging, and exciting diversity, equity and inclusiveness efforts. I have learned so much from her expertise, her approach, and her innovative ideas. Her impact and leadership are certainly felt far and wide!”

Megan Riley

Human Resources Manager

Educators for Excellence

“Nicola has been an incredible coach and advisor to me and other colleagues of mine through important, challenging, and exciting diversity, equity and inclusiveness efforts. I have learned so much from her expertise, her approach, and her innovative ideas. Her impact and leadership are certainly felt far and wide!”

Megan Riley

Human Resources Manager

The Center for Wisdom's Women

“Nicola’s positive and energetic presence with our Board inspired them in their fundraising efforts. She was able both to validate what they have done to date and coach them in considering additional new directions. She was sensitive to our particular situation which enabled her to be flexible in her approach. In the one hour we gave her, she gave us a day’s worth of ideas and encouragement. We hope to invite her back on a regular basis to check-in on our progress and help us expand our development capacity.”

Klara Tammany

Executive Director

Bowdoin College

“On Monday the faculty voted to endorse a Teach-In for next semester by a 10% margin, so we end on a celebratory note. Many of the conversations about the value of the Teach-In have been related to the need to teach the kind of communication skills that you helped us work on. There's not an office on campus that didn't reinforce how important this was when I talked to them and many individual faculty members emphasized it as well. So thank you for that.“

Madeleine Msall

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Bowdoin College

“On Monday the faculty voted to endorse a Teach-In for next semester by a 10% margin, so we end on a celebratory note. Many of the conversations about the value of the Teach-In have been related to the need to teach the kind of communication skills that you helped us work on. There's not an office on campus that didn't reinforce how important this was when I talked to them and many individual faculty members emphasized it as well. So thank you for that.“

Madeleine Msall

Department of Physics & Astronomy

Maine League of Young Voters

"Nicola’s exceptional intelligence combined with her fierce hunger for social justice and ability to authentically connect with others makes her not only a powerful leader but an inspiration to be around. She is inherently strategic, and during her tenure as Executive Director of The Maine League of Young Voters consistently engaged these skills to grow the organization, unite the membership base, develop and implement a strategic plan and secure the financial stability of the organization. As former Chair of The Maine League of Young Voters, I was constantly impressed by Nicola’s unique talent, bright personality, and profound ability to inspire and implement positive growth and development."

Laura Snead

Former Chair

Leadership for Educational Equity

“I have worked with Nicola where she has independently created curriculum and where we have collaboratively created curriculum. In both cases, Nicola produces exemplary curriculum that drives toward meaningful implementation of new knowledge, skills or mindsets for participants. When working independently, she thoughtfully probes for the information she needs to create the sessions I had in mind. When working collaboratively, she both leads and follows in a way that produces great work and builds relationship. Nicola is my go-to curriculum developer because she is so effective and fun to work with.”

Brianna Twofoot

Vice President of Diversity and Equity

Leadership for Educational Equity

“I have worked with Nicola where she has independently created curriculum and where we have collaboratively created curriculum. In both cases, Nicola produces exemplary curriculum that drives toward meaningful implementation of new knowledge, skills or mindsets for participants. When working independently, she thoughtfully probes for the information she needs to create the sessions I had in mind. When working collaboratively, she both leads and follows in a way that produces great work and builds relationship. Nicola is my go-to curriculum developer because she is so effective and fun to work with.”

Brianna Twofoot

Vice President of Diversity and Equity

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