Andre Koen The Enkindled Spirit
Who is Andre Koen?
Andre Koen is an energetic presenter, a powerful communicator, and a dynamic teacher. There are many words that describe him. The most illustrative is “Andre, the Enkindled Spirit”.
Andre is a diversity trainer in Minnesota. He provides
face-to-face and online courses on diversity education including leadership development, empowerment training, cross-cultural competence, sensitivity training, anti-racism training and team building. Most of his clients include professionals needing continuing education credits. His weekly blog includes ideas for controlling, removing, and fighting discrimination. Koen also offers one-on-one training and coaching.
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Andre helps government, educational, law enforcement and social service organizations manage and train staff, employees, and clients on diversity issues without blame, fault or guilt. His organization understands that people are doing the best they can with what they have, yet encourages them to examine themselves, explore other cultures, and become allies for others.
Koen works to move people's behaviors, and he does this without pushing them or making them feel guilty. In a fair and balanced way that people can clearly hear as well as understand, he teaches individuals to dissect, analyze and make meaning of challenging issues. He motivates individuals to create something collaboratively.
Andre Koen is a highly skilled community leader, public speaker, mentor, and activist. He has become well known for his highly acclaimed creation of innovative and behavioral changing courses, both for the classroom and online learning. This unique curriculum includes diversity education, cross-cultural competence, sensitivity training and team building. Additionally, Koen has extensive experience in educating others regarding anti-racism by sharing skills that diffuse tense or stressful situations, which can arise in anyone’s personal or professional life.
As the son of a Black Panther-turned-preacher, Andre learned at an early age the importance of reaching across cultural lines to seek understanding and acceptance. He also garnered this message from his mother, a highly compassionate special education teacher who taught Andre that each person has something worthwhile to offer.
The lessons that Andre absorbed during his upbringing were further supported by receiving degrees in organizational leadership and educational technology. This combination of experience and training allowed Andre to become an effective manager, an understanding and compassionate leader, and a confident creator of change.
He has received many awards and honors during his career including being named "Human Rights Worker of the Year" by the National Association of Human Rights", and the "American Red Cross Marketing and Community Presentations Volunteer of the Year" award.
Andre is also highly proficient with technology and writes a weekly blog that disseminates ideas on fighting and removing discrimination. See his videos and learn more about creating change and making the world a better place at http://www.andrekoen.com/.