Big Tent Consulting partners with mission-driven organizations to create breakthrough strategies and custom solutions that challenge the status quo and maximize human potential and possibility.

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Harness the Power of Human Complexity

Winning organizations thrive by creating workplaces where everyone can do their best work and feel deeply valued for their uniqueness. Big Tent Consulting helps our amazing clients improve work culture, team performance, leadership effectiveness, and organizational reputation.

Human Complexity

Deeply Personal. Truly Powerful.

We all need to be seen, heard and valued. The solution to your organizational challenge is not brought in from the outside. It’s found within the leadership and the team. At Big Tent, our seasoned team know how to widen the lens, to listen, and to nurture change from within.

Deeply Personal


Organizations are seeking performance through equity inclusion, diversity and belonging. They’re often challenged by exclusion, privilege, inauthenticity, virtue signaling, cancel culture, wokeness, microaggressions & triggers. Big Tent can drive success through brave and authentic process.

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People Centered. Whole Hearted.

Being seen and heard is critical. People want multiple opportunities to succeed and grow -- to not only be invited to the party, but also asked to dance. DEI is people work that relies on building new relationships and deepening trust. It is rigorous and demanding. Big Tent's approach requires prioritizing the human side of work and reimagining "how things get done around here.

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Holistic & Sustainable.

Transformation requires not only an emphasis on doing, but being. How are we with one another? How do we create systems and structures to help us see and value one other? Results matter. So does morale and culture. We focus on all your singular magnificent details while also creating the architecture of enterprise-level solutions.


Communicating Change.

Change requires building new muscles, tolerating discomfort, navigating ambiguity, and unlearning outdated beliefs. From assessment to training, coaching to employee experiences, a distinguisher of our approach is how we work with leaders.

We provide the tools, language and structure to communicate with teams, set a tone, and sustain a challenging dialogue. Words create worlds.

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Building Trust and Inclusion in a Distributed Work Environment

With evolving and expanding new work arrangements come beliefs, judgments, and invisible bias about performance, productivity, and presence. All work systems are impacted including hiring, performance review, supervision, feedback, collaboration and building trust. Let Big Tent help you harness the power of inclusion in exclusively online and distributed workspaces.

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Your challenges are unique. We get to know clients through organizational engagement and listening strategies, provoking different perspectives, aligning with culture and understanding the “secret sauce”

Big Tent has on the ground, deep industry experience developing and implementing strategic plans and change management programs that resonate with leaders and teams and stand the test of time.

  • Learning Design, Trust & Community Building Experiences, Workshops & Retreats
  • DEI Strategic Planning, Goal Setting & Implementation Support
  • Internal Communications, Stakeholder Engagement & Key Messages
  • Cross-organizational Working Groups & DEI Council Creation
  • Culture Change & DEI Integration
  • DEI Organizational Assessment
  • Data Gathering, Focus Groups & Pulse Surveys
  • DEI Policy, Structure & System Implementation
  • Leadership Strategies & Executive Coaching


We have the expertise, passion and energy to drive results within your organization. Learn a little more about the Big Tent team, then let’s engage.


Rachel Schaffer

CEO & President

Rachel Schaffer

CEO & President Rachel Schaffer is chief engagement officer (CEO) and president of Big Tent. She is a consummate Employee Advocate, Community Builder, Executive/Life Coach and Workplace Strategist. She leverages 25+ years of experience partnering with leaders and teams to deepen collaboration, connection and communication. Her passion is helping organizations, teams and individuals navigate transitions, connect to their purpose and create roadmaps for achieving goals that make a difference. She is the mom of two vivacious teenagers, a wife, a yogi and dog lover. Rachel loves finding reasons to celebrate with family and friends, as well as making time for walks in the woods with her camera.

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Howie Schaffer

Founder & Chief Inclusion Strategist

Howie Schaffer

Founder & Chief Inclusion Strategist Howie Schaffer is the founder & chief inclusion strategist of Big Tent and a respected speaker, strategist, trainer and facilitator on cutting-edge topics in diversity, equity, inclusion, leadership development, emotional intelligence, organizational assessment & transformation, and cultural competency. He is also an inspirational executive and diversity coach with 25+ experience in business, nonprofit management, advocacy, and public service. He serves on the boards of numerous arts, education, and youth organizations and is an Eagle Scout. A proud dad and husband, Howie loves to travel, play golf, and ride out on his motorcycle in search of the perfect Buffalo chicken wing.


Amri Johnson

Amri Johnson

Amri Johnson is a social capitalist, epidemiologist, entrepreneur, executive coach, and inclusion strategist. He fosters the opening of minds and deepening of skillsets with organizational leaders and team members enabling them to thrive and optimally contribute. As CEO/Founder of Inclusion Wins, he is building a global cooperative of people-focused solutions providers, whose solutions are informed and enhanced by inclusiveness. Born in Topeka, Kansas (USA), Amri has worked and lived in the U.S., Brazil, and currently lives in Switzerland, with his wife and their three kids. Check out:

Adrean Turner

Adrean Turner

Adrean Turner

Adrean Turner is an award-winning leadership coach, author, speaker, trainer and business consultant. She leads Turner Coaching Training and Consulting, a nationally certified Minority Owned Business Enterprise (MBE). Clients and partners include organizations in the financial, real estate, energy, pharmaceutical, healthcare, retail, marketing, food service, government, law, nonprofit and education sectors. She is recognized as a global leader and mentor, coaching and training more than 20,000 professionals since her career reinvention. Check out; and connect @coachadrean

Arlene Roane

Arlene Roane

Arlene Roane

Arlene Roane is founder and president of Redhouse Performance Consulting. She is a highly regarded thought leader in global DEIA, a sought-after keynote speaker, facilitator and consultant on diversity, inclusive leadership, and cultural competency. Her work has impacted over 40,000 professionals in global, national and regional organizations. Arlene lives in the Metro Washington DC region with her husband. Their family includes 7 children ages 25 to 39. Check out:

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George Neighbors

George Neighbors

George Neighbors is an accomplished global operations executive with a proven track record of success developing solutions that deliver organizational effectiveness and efficiencies, improve process, enhance communication, build capacity, and bridge connections to produce strong and resilient organizations, people and projects. As Principal of X-Roads Advisory, he advises leaders on how to improve operations & organizations at the intersection of people, process, systems & structures. An avid outdoors person, George enjoys hiking, camping and paddling with his fiance, Bryan, and Jasper, their adventurous dachshund. Check out: X-Roads Advisory

Johanna Weber

Johanna Weber

Johanna Weber

Johanna Weber is a marketing, communications, and branding strategist. She creates human-centered, inclusive experiences across platforms that engage and invite audiences to actively participate and advocate for a brand’s mission and purpose. A mother of two boys, she is always looking for the next great cup of coffee, hopefully with a croissant on the side. Check out:


Delphia Howze

Delphia Howze

Delphia Howze brings more than 20 years of forward-thinking expertise in developing and implementing HR and D&I strategies, training, talent development, mentoring and coaching, leadership development, AAP programs, and successful immigration petitions. As the Chief Inclusion Strategy Officer for the University of Tennessee System, Howze advances innovative efforts to identify and remove social, financial and health disparities that impede inclusion, diversity, and engagement. Delphia has designed and delivered HR and D&I strategic plans in industries such as retail, banking, energy, trucking and logistics, consulting, and higher education. She serves a Diversity & Inclusion Expertise Panel Member for the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and is an Adjunct Professor teaching HR, D&I, and Business principles. Delphia is the CEO and Founder of D. Howze Solutions, LLC.