Organizational Consulting

CEVA provides tailored consulting services to organizations that promote veganism. We work with leaders, staff, and volunteers—from grassroots campaign groups to established, professional NGOs—to support an organization’s growth and development.

Cultivating High-impact Teams and Resilient Organizations

Melanie Joy delivers workshops and coaching on a range of topics related to building strong interpersonal skills, healthy teams, and effective leadership.

  • Relational Literacy

    Relational literacy is the understanding of and ability to practice healthy ways of relating. In this two-hour workshop, Melanie discusses the basic principles of healthy relating as well as the specific tools necessary for relating among leadership and staff in a vegan organization.

  • Effective Communication

    Building on the material presented in Relational Literacy, this half-day workshop provides participants with the opportunity to learn to communicate clearly, directly, and compassionately.

  • Building Healthy Teams

    In this two-hour workshop, Melanie uses one of two models of personality types (the MBTI or the Enneagram) to help participants understand the nature and value of different personalities. She also explains how participants can directly apply this understanding to building healthy teams.

  • Creating Diverse and Inclusive Teams

    A key reason teams are not sufficiently diverse or inclusive is because their members are not aware of the nature and structure of privilege. Such “unexamined privilege” drives all kinds of organizational decisions, from hiring to outreach, and it leads to homogeneous and discriminatory teams. In this two-hour workshop, Melanie explains what privilege is and why it matters, and how to use this information to help create more diverse and inclusive teams.

  • Creating a Sustainable Work-Life Balance and Avoiding Burnout

    This two-hour workshop is designed to help staff understand what a sustainable work-life balance looks like and how to cultivate this balance for themselves, as well as how to build sustainable practices into the organization as a whole. It also helps participants understand some of the key causes and symptoms of burnout.

  • Executive Coaching for Effective Leadership

    Melanie Joy offers one-to-one hourly coaching sessions for organizational leaders. The leader can discuss any topics they feel are relevant to their work and leadership. Possible areas include identifying personal strengths and areas for growth; dealing with interpersonal conflict; and personal sustainability.

Strategic Development and Capacity Building

Adrian Ramsay facilitates workshops and provides support around strategy, capacity building, fundraising, and finance.

  • Strategy Review

    This workshop involves a blue-skies review of the organization’s vision, mission, and primary objectives. For established organizations, it’s an opportunity to reassess whether the organization’s stated aims still reflect what it is seeking to achieve and whether its position within the growing vegan movement remains distinctive and high-impact. For newer organizations, this workshop helps participants clarify and formalize their goals and aspirations and consider how best to present the organization to funders and the public.

  • Strategic Planning and Capacity Building

    As a follow-up to the strategy review workshop, Adrian helps develop or review the organization’s strategic plan. This includes setting or refreshing the strategic objectives, specific goals, and workstreams. Next is an examination of the skills and resources needed to deliver the plan and to develop human resources and/or a volunteer base. If the organization is at a point of changing direction or staffing structure, Adrian helps support it through the change management process. Strategic planning and capacity building can either take the form of advice and support or of Adrian drafting a strategic plan in close consultation with leadership.

  • Fundraising and Financial Strategy

    Adrian helps key staff assess the financial implications of their organization’s strategic plans, review or develop budgets or cash flow planning, and establish income needs. He also helps develop a compelling case for funding support and builds or refreshes the existing fundraising strategy. If desired, Adrian can also help develop and deliver fundraising plans.

Our Consultants

Dr. Melanie Joy

Dr. Melanie Joy is a Harvard-educated psychologist, international speaker, organizational consultant, and relationship coach. She is the author of six books, including the award-winning Why We Love Dogs, Eat Pigs, and Wear Cows; Beyond Beliefs: A Guide to Improving Relationships and Communication for Vegans, Vegetarians, and Meat Eaters; Getting Relationships Right; Strategic Action for Animals; and The Vegan Matrix. Melanie has developed and implemented advocacy trainings for nearly two decades, and she specializes in strategic vegan advocacy; effective communication; resilient teams and leadership; inclusivity and diversity; relational literacy; the psychology of social transformation; and sustainability. She is the eighth recipient of the Ahimsa Award—previously given to the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela—for her work on global nonviolence, and she is the founding president of Beyond Carnism.

Adrian Ramsay

Adrian Ramsay is an experienced third sector leader and organizational consultant. He served as Deputy Leader of the Green Party (England and Wales) and Chief Executive of the Centre for Alternative Technology, in both cases playing a leading role in professionalizing the organizations’ strategy and operations to drive and manage effective growth in impact. Adrian now works as a consultant specializing in vegan and environmental organizations, where he provides support for strategic development, capacity building, and developing effective financial and fundraising strategies. Adrian is a Fellow of ACEVO, the professional body for third sector leaders, having previously won a Fellowship Award given to “rising stars in the charity sector.”

Interested in our consulting services?

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