Listen. Connect. Empower.
Courageous Convo encourages individuals to engage in a dialogue that heals + transforms relationships. By working through conflict with a goal to understand, we create an opportunity to mitigate the cultural, socio-economic, racial and gender biases that may keep us disconnected.
Welcome to Courageous Convo. Here, our professionals know that conflict resolution is not just about love and peace signs: it’s about transformation and gaining valuable skills that will help you effectively handle conflict in your daily life . It’s about learning to take those few extra seconds to sit quietly while another person speaks! Our mission is to help our clients accomplish these goals with empathy, creativity, and understanding.
We aim to educate our clients in a safe environment while facilitating a conversation that unfolds as the clients move through the resolution process. We understand that some people may not leave with an agreement, wrapped up in a pretty bow, so we make sure to leave space for as much dialogue as possible so clients walk away with a better understanding of their situation than when they walked in our door. It takes time to work through conflict, and we ensure clients take up majority of the space during the process. Our goal is to repair relationships and help individuals confront future conflict with courage and understanding.
Lacey C. Wilson, Conflict Educator
Conflict Mediator| Storyteller | Legal Apprentice | Wife | Black, Gay Woman
Born and raised in a small town in Central Texas, I was a lil’ person in my large, traditional Southern Black family. My maternal grandmother raised fourteen children, many of which she birthed in her home. Family get-togethers happened every Sunday like clockwork, filled with kinfolk who all lived within a 40 miles radius. Amongst the laughter + dancing that continued all evening was a front yard laced with drunken tempers that, if pushed too far, would put someone in the hospital. The stress ofpoverty led to heart disease, cancer, and missed connections across my familial relationships.
I have no doubt that my personal struggle with anxiety and sensitivity to conflict began in my grandmother’s front yard. I can say that the converse is also true; my resilience and my unyielding desire to create change in my community were born in that front yard as well.
I grew up surrounded by women who rarely cried or had conversations with me when I was sad, hurt, or feeling’ some type of way. I grew up surrounded by men who ignored the existence of conflict or “solved” it with loud, hurtful words or a punch in the face. I quickly inherited the notion that sharing negative emotion was a sign of weakness. These emotions were hardly ever communicated in a way that encouraged understanding and healing in the relationship.
I have since been interested in the conflict dynamic in Black families and how it links to quality of life and health. My interest + personal connection are what drew me to conflict work + the legal/health profession. I have an innate longing to heal and resolve conflicts within my communities- Black, LGBT, and women. Our identity and experiences shape our ability to solve conflict; acknowledging that is a huge part of breaking down these walls.
My own intersectionality has proven to be one of my strongest assets as a storyteller + conflict resolution professional, and I seek to give everything I can to promote healing and reframing conflict across my communities.
I am currently studying law as a legal apprentice through the California Law Office Study program, and my undergraduate degree is in Special Education, I have received mediation + conflict resolution certification through the Center for Understanding in Conflict, under the incredible leadership of Gary Friedman as well as SEEDS Community Resolution Center, both located in the Bay Area. My wife and I reside in Fremont, California where we have happily planted roots and look forward to raising our future children.