About Rita S Fierro, Ph.D

Rita S Fierro, Ph.D is an intellectual artist who skillfully combines creative, innovative, and analytical thinking by bridging groups, networks, and arenas that may seem far apart: art and facilitation, healing and research.

As an artist, Dr. Fierro works with multiple media such as writing (creative non-fiction), dancing, sculpting (clay), painting (acrylic), song-writing, and music (guitar). In her writing, she uses storytelling, memoire-style to showcase the complexity of the human spirit, of the institutions we operate in nationally, and the relationships we establish internationally. Her world travels are seen in her writing as cultural clashes or shared humanity. She writes two blogs: one on organizational development, facilitation, evaluation, and antiracism at www.ritafierro.com/blog, and another on the ways in which trauma shows up in group dynamics at DrRitawrites.com.

Her major creative work is her forthcoming book: Give Me Back My Child: How the USA System Kidnaps Children which speaks out on the child industrial complex. Give Me Back My Child is a collection of stories of six mothers who lost their children to foster care and fought to get them back. In the Appendix, she unfolds her own story and how the 16 years of research that gave life to this book changed her from helper, to advocate, to activist. The book reads as memoire and social commentary for a general audience. Each chapter exposes a different aspect of the system that is not working for children of color. The conclusions offer an alternate option for transforming trauma in ourselves, and the system as a whole.

As Principal of Fierro Consulting, Dr. Fierro is also a facilitator and an evaluator. Dr. Fierro has been a facilitator since the age of 15, when she worked with youth to help them lead ethical lives. Dr. Fierro specializes in helping groups reach their fullest potential and collaborative decision-making with vibrant and heartfelt meetings using a diversity of organizational development tools. Some of these tools include participatory leadership methodologies, complexity theory, collective intelligence—approaches on the forefront of current business innovation and stakeholder engagement, to build teams, shared visions, and leverage collective capacity that generates organizational and systems change. Dr. Fierro has supported strategy creation in leadership development, guidance on future investments in civil society, changes in organizational structures, sustainability planning, strategic planning, and capacity building. In 2012-2013, Dr. Fierro assessed a funding stream for a UN agency that generated an international future strategy with input from practitioners all around the world.

An evaluator for the past 15 years, she conducts culturally-competent research and evaluation in multiple sectors with a focus on vulnerable populations and social justice. Dr. Fierro has worked for foundations, universities, community-based organizations, non-profits, and individual artists. Her portfolio includes prestigious clients such as the United Nations, the National Science Foundation, the Center for Creative Leadership, America for the Arts, and the Department for International Development. She worked in the United States, Europe, Africa, and New Zealand. Dr. Fierro has a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University and a masters in Sociology from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza,” Italy.

Rita Fierro was born from a family that has believed and practiced traditional healing methods for generations. Rita began to practice Reiki to offset the effects of her own chronic migraines that have since long gone. In the transformational process she experiences through Reiki, she shed the identity of being purely intellectual and now embraces being an intellectual artist capable both of innovative and analytical thinking. Much of her practice revolves around living a balance between mind and emotions, meditation and work, self and others, mind and heart, intellect and art, self-care and social justice.

Rita S Fierro, Ph.D

Rita S Fierro, Ph.D

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215-893-0579

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Rita S Fierro, Ph.D

Rita S Fierro, Ph.D

DrRita@ritafierro.com
215-893-0579

About Rita S Fierro, Ph.D

Rita S Fierro, Ph.D is an intellectual artist who skillfully combines creative, innovative, and analytical thinking by bridging groups, networks, and arenas that may seem far apart: art and facilitation, healing and research.

As an artist, Dr. Fierro works with multiple media such as writing (creative non-fiction), dancing, sculpting (clay), painting (acrylic), song-writing, and music (guitar). In her writing, she uses storytelling, memoire-style to showcase the complexity of the human spirit, of the institutions we operate in nationally, and the relationships we establish internationally. Her world travels are seen in her writing as cultural clashes or shared humanity. She writes two blogs: one on organizational development, facilitation, evaluation, and antiracism at www.ritafierro.com/blog, and another on the ways in which trauma shows up in group dynamics at DrRitawrites.com.

Her major creative work is her forthcoming book: Give Me Back My Child: How the USA System Kidnaps Children which speaks out on the child industrial complex. Give Me Back My Child is a collection of stories of six mothers who lost their children to foster care and fought to get them back. In the Appendix, she unfolds her own story and how the 16 years of research that gave life to this book changed her from helper, to advocate, to activist. The book reads as memoire and social commentary for a general audience. Each chapter exposes a different aspect of the system that is not working for children of color. The conclusions offer an alternate option for transforming trauma in ourselves, and the system as a whole.

As Principal of Fierro Consulting, Dr. Fierro is also a facilitator and an evaluator. Dr. Fierro has been a facilitator since the age of 15, when she worked with youth to help them lead ethical lives. Dr. Fierro specializes in helping groups reach their fullest potential and collaborative decision-making with vibrant and heartfelt meetings using a diversity of organizational development tools. Some of these tools include participatory leadership methodologies, complexity theory, collective intelligence—approaches on the forefront of current business innovation and stakeholder engagement, to build teams, shared visions, and leverage collective capacity that generates organizational and systems change. Dr. Fierro has supported strategy creation in leadership development, guidance on future investments in civil society, changes in organizational structures, sustainability planning, strategic planning, and capacity building. In 2012-2013, Dr. Fierro assessed a funding stream for a UN agency that generated an international future strategy with input from practitioners all around the world.

An evaluator for the past 15 years, she conducts culturally-competent research and evaluation in multiple sectors with a focus on vulnerable populations and social justice. Dr. Fierro has worked for foundations, universities, community-based organizations, non-profits, and individual artists. Her portfolio includes prestigious clients such as the United Nations, the National Science Foundation, the Center for Creative Leadership, America for the Arts, and the Department for International Development. She worked in the United States, Europe, Africa, and New Zealand. Dr. Fierro has a Ph.D. in African American Studies from Temple University and a masters in Sociology from the University of Rome, “La Sapienza,” Italy.

Rita Fierro was born from a family that has believed and practiced traditional healing methods for generations. Rita began to practice Reiki to offset the effects of her own chronic migraines that have since long gone. In the transformational process she experiences through Reiki, she shed the identity of being purely intellectual and now embraces being an intellectual artist capable both of innovative and analytical thinking. Much of her practice revolves around living a balance between mind and emotions, meditation and work, self and others, mind and heart, intellect and art, self-care and social justice.

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